Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Carthage Flagpole

The Carthage flagpole is a 50-foot tall wooden structure. It is made of two sections with one wider at the base and a narrower lightweight top. They are attached together by a metal plate, pins, and braces. The flagpole has been left unfinished and untreated and is a local historic landmark.

Carthage Flagpole
7011 Vine Street, Carthage

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"Campy Washington"

The ArtWorks mural in Camp Washington is a fun painting depicting not only the namesake of the neighborhood, but also some of the icons of the community. The mural shows George Washington’s head on the body of a woman in a Victorian dress with flying pigs circling about. The mural represents icons that are part of the neighborhood like the tin man from Jacobs Manufacturing, the gorilla from Schenz Theatrical Supply, and a cow that escaped a local slaughterhouse in 2003.

“Campy Washington”
3025 Colerain Avenue, Camp Washington

Monday, June 27, 2011

Lincoln and Liberty Statue

The Lincoln and Liberty statue was unveiled in 1902. The statue was a gift to the city and Cincinnati Public Schools from Captain Charles Clinton, a Civil War veteran. It was created by artist William Granville Hastings. The statue stands about 19 feet tall and features President Abraham Lincoln on a granite pedestal with Liberty kneeling below with a quill stretched out from her right hand writing the words, “With malice toward none” which was taken from Lincoln’s second inaugural address. There is a copy of the Lincoln and Liberty statue in Bunker Hill, Illinois and replicas of Lincoln standing on his own in Sioux City and Jefferson, Iowa.

Lincoln and Liberty Statue
Reading Road and Forest Avenue, Avondale

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Lyric Piano Building

The Lyric Piano Company was a subsidiary of the Ralph Wurlitzer Company and Lyric Pianos were made from 1909 until its demise in 1937 due mainly to the Great Depression.

The 4-story building was built in 1919 and features many great architectural features like Venetian Renaissance style columns, a multi arched balcony, white terra cotta tiles, and circular medallions.

In the 1950’s the building housed a dressmaker and in later years there were a succession of hamburger restaurants. In 2007 the building was purchased and redeveloped into a mixed-use space with retail on the first floor, office space on the second, and a residential unit on the third and fourth floor.

The Lyric Piano Building
632 Race Street, Downtown

Friday, June 24, 2011

Painted Ladies

Columbia-Tusculum is Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhood and was founded in 1788 when Benjamin Stites and 26 settlers arrived to create the village of Columbia. Around 1815, the settlers started to move up Tusculum Hill to avoid some of the flooding from the Ohio River and it was at that time that Columbia-Tusculum was born. In 1873, the town was annexed by the city of Cincinnati. The Columbia-Tusculum Historic District contains homes from the late 1700’s to the mid 1800’s as well as the homes that have best identified with the town – the painted ladies.

These painted lady homes are painted with up to 5 different bright colors and are usually Victorian and sometimes Queen Anne homes but it is common to see other styles of homes in the area with the same type of color palette. The homes can be found on almost any street in the area with a large collection of them up on the hill on Tusculum Avenue. These homes make the area a very colorful and unique part of Cincinnati.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"A Postcard from Home"

The ArtWorks mural in Carthage serves as sort of a welcome sign for the neighborhood. Designed to look like an old fashioned postcard, the mural depicts many of the things that make up the town like the county fairgrounds, train yards, and as tribute to veterans and firefighters as well as showing the residents at play.

“A Postcard from Home”
7117 Vine Street, Carthage

Monday, June 20, 2011

Camp Washington War Memorial

Camp Washington was once the muster and drill grounds for the First and Second Regiment of the Ohio Volunteers and was an important military location during the Mexican-American War. Camp Washington was also the host of the first Ohio State Fair in 1850. By the 1930’s it had become the home to stockyards and manufacturing in Cincinnati.

Located in the neighborhood park, the Camp Washington War Memorial was created by artist J. Paulding and dedicated in 1920. It is a bronze statue of a World War I soldier on a granite base. The plaque on the front base of the statue has the inscription of the dedication to those who have served during World War I and around the base of the statue inscriptions have been added for World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Camp Washington War Memorial
3400 Colerain Avenue, Camp Washington

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cincinnati Gardens

Cincinnati Gardens opened in 1949 and at the time it was built, it was the seventh largest arena in the United States. The Gardens was modeled after Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto and seats 11,000 fans. Over its existence, the Garden has seen major sporting events from hockey, boxing, basketball, wrestling, concerts, and political rallies. The Gardens hosted performers like Elvis and The Beatles and in 1960, the Gardens saw its largest attendance with a Nixon campaign rally of 19,000 people. The Cincinnati Gardens was home to the first hockey team in Cincinnati – The Mohawks as well as the original home to the Cyclones and Mighty Ducks. It was also home to the Cincinnati Royals, Cincinnati’s only NBA team. The Gardens saw boxing matches with hometown legend Ezzard Charles as well.

Located in the Gardens is the Legends Museum with memorabilia from past events at the Gardens as well as the Cincinnati Hockey Hall of Fame. Also located on the grounds is the Cincinnati Gardens Skating Center, which is home to several high school hockey teams as well as Xavier University’s hockey team.

The Gardens is alive and well with sporting events and is today home to the Cincinnati Commandos indoor football team, the Cincinnati Kings indoor soccer team, and the Cincinnati Rollergirls.

Cincinnati Gardens
2250 Seymour Avenue, Bond Hill

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Fleischmann Gardens

This beautifully landscaped 4-acre park is located on the site of the home of Charles Fleischmann, the founder of the Fleischmann Yeast Company and father of Cincinnati Mayor Julius Fleischmann. Fleischmann’s heirs gave the land to the city in 1925 and the park was expanded in 1976 when an adjacent piece of land owned by the Salvation Army was purchased.

The park has the largest ginkgo tree in the state along with an ornate Iron Gate entrance topped with a gaslight on Washington Avenue. There is also a stone path that leads down to a maze of evergreens

Fleischmann Gardens
524 Forest Avenue, Avondale

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

20th Century Theatre

The 20th Century Theatre opened in 1941 and was a movie theatre. The first film shown at the theatre was, “Blood and Sand”. The theatre is a Neoclassical Moderne style designed by Fred W. Stritzel and was the first air conditioned theatre in Cincinnati.

The movie theatre closed in 1983 and sat vacant for almost a decade until it was purchased, renovated, and opened back up as a flooring store in 1991. Approximately a year later it saw use as a church and in 1997 the 20th Century became an entertainment venue once again. Today it hosts many concerts, parties, and receptions. In 2010, the sign outside was lit up once again.

20th Century Theatre
3021 Madison Road, Oakley

Monday, June 13, 2011

Riverview Playground Entrance

The Riverview Playground Entrance was once a gateway for the Marine Hospital, which stood at the base of Mt. Adams. The hospital was torn down in the early 1900’s but the entrance stayed when the site was converted to the Riverview Playground. Also known as the, “Good Friday” arch, it remained in its original place until around 1988-89 when it was dismantled and placed in storage. It was around this time that the construction of the Adams Landing condominiums started.

When repairs and expansion of the steps to Mt. Adams began several years ago, the arch was taken out of storage and put back together to serve as the entrance to Mt. Adams from the base of the hill. The Riverview Playground Entrance is designated a Cincinnati Historic Landmark.

Riverview Playground Entrance
900 Adams Crossing, Mt. Adams

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hyde Park School

The Hyde Park Public School was built in 1901 and designed by architects Edward H. Dornette and Gordon Sheppard. It is a 3-story Romanesque Revival with twin turrets, high gables, and a red tile roof with some very detailed designs around the entryway. A 2-story, Colonial Revival style gymnasium designed by Tietig & Lee was added in 1927.

For many years the building was used as an elementary school but closed in 2005. Since that time it has been used as a temporary location for other schools that were being renovated. As of today, there are efforts underway to re-open the school for use as an elementary school for the surrounding neighborhoods.

Hyde Park School
3401 Edwards Road, Hyde Park

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Alms Park

Frederick H. Alms Memorial Park was created in 1916 as a gift from his wife Eleanora. Alms was part owner of the Alms & Doepke Department Store and owner of the Hotel Alms. The park is situated on Mt. Tusculum, which at one time was inhabited by Native Americans who called it Bald Hill due to the fact that the area was cleared so they could keep watch over the Columbia settlers in the valley below. The land was also once owned by Nicholas Longworth and was used as a vineyard. One of the entrances to the vineyard tunnels can still be seen today.

The 94-acre park has amazing views of Lunken Airport to the East and the Ohio River to the South. There is an Italian Renaissance Pavilion that was designed by Stanley Matthews and Charles Wilkins Short Jr. as well as a seated statue of Stephen Foster, the songwriter famous for Oh! Susanna, Camptown Races, and My Old Kentucky Home. The park has many hiking trails, picnic areas, overlooks, and a playground as well.

Alms Park
710 Tusculum Avenue, Columbia-Tusculum

Sunday, June 5, 2011


This sculpture was created in 1992 by Alexander Liberman who describes the sculpture as, “a hymn of praise soaring in space to elevate the spirit of the spectator”. The sculpture was purchased for the Adams Landing condominium project and dedicated by Allen G. Zaring, a developer.

Alexander Liberman has created many outdoor sculptures and some of his other works can be found in Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park.

900 Adams Crossing, Mt. Adams