The Class of 2018's Guide to Cincinnati Architecture

said by: Zoe Evans and Jordan Fitch

As we settle into the homestretch of our final semester at SAID, the graduating classes (BSArch and MArch), would like to share a moment of preemptive nostalgia with you - our Guide to Cincinnati Architecture. This list, compiled by a wildly unscientific Facebook polling method, will hopefully provide a window into "our Cincinnati" of the past three or four years - and includes everything from museums to parks to... mushroom houses. Whether you're visiting Cincinnati for a few days, you've been here for a few months, or you're a seasoned veteran of several years - we hope this list might provide you another bucket list item or two, or at least provoke a return trip to check out one of the many architectural gems of the Queen City.

(In alphabetical order)

some quotes have been attributed to "characters" - any similarity to real-life personalities is purely coincidental.


3021 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209

Fred W. Stritzel, completed 1941

"This building gives me a wavy glimmer of hope after driving past one of the greatest 21st century architectural tragedies: Oakley Station." - the Native Cincinnatian, MArch '18

Image: Cinema Treasures


609 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Deborah Berke Partners, completed 2012

“21C is an architectural icon because it expresses both art and design in the most unexpected of places, both inside and out, and brings designers, travelers, and other members of the community together into one space.” - Rachael Green, BSArch '18

Image: Deborah Berke Partners


100 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Gensler (Chicago), completed 2015

"At least the floor to floor heights for the parking garage are greater than 12'-0" which allows the structure to be repurposed when the automobile is obsolete and we don't need a place to park anymore." - the Self-Proclaimed Code Expert, MArch '18

"Gunmetal gray is really in right now." - the Instagram Aficionado, MArch '18

Image: Architizer


Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45219

R. Carl Freund, completed 1955

"You should definitely climb onto the roof." - the person probably too old to be climbing on the roof, MArch '18

Image: Ault Park Sunrise


209 W 7th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Harry Hake, completed 1931

"The Cincinnati Bell Telephone Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. It has relief sculptures of telephones carved into the limestone. #ilikeoldbuildings " - the Old Souled Historian, MArch '18

Image: Wikipedia


953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202

James W. McLaughlin, completed 1886, multiple renovations and additions, most recent renovation in 2013 by Emersion Design

"The Art Museum definitely won't flood if you put it at the top of a hill." - the Environmental Enthusiast, MArch '18

Image: Cincinnati Art Museum


44 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Zaha Hadid Architects, completed 2003

"It blends in but stands out at the same time, and it always surprises me with what it holds on the inside." - Kriti Chaudhry, BSArch '18

Image: Best of Interiors


1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Williams, Adams & Co., opened 1852, renovated by glaserworks in 2007

"Pour one out for Metrolab Summer 2016." - the Social Butterfly, MArch '18

Image: City of Cincinnati


1135 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Human Nature, completed 2003

"I like shiny things." - the Easily Distracted Opinionator, MArch '18

Image: Cincinnati Parks


212 E 14th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Terry Boling Architect, completed 1997

"We learned about this building in Integrated Tech taught by Terry Boling. Every detail was considered in the design and construction and everything is serving multiple purpose. All of the mechanical, electrical and technical data systems are integrated into the structure and there is a rainscreen that becomes a bench on the roof (illustrated in photo)" - the High-Achieving Brown-noser, MArch '18

Image: Terry Boling Architect


621 E Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Louis Sauer, completed 1980

"I hear the water features used to be a code violation deathtrap." - the Self-Proclaimed Code Expert, MArch '18



414 Walnut St #1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Joseph G. Steinkamp & Brothers, completed 1908

"I mostly just like old dusty sh*t." - the Old-Souled Historian, MArch '18

Image: Mercantile Library


1621 Moore St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Renovation completed 2013

"I usually drink Bud Light, but when I'm feeling fancy I like checking out the craft beers at Moerlein Malt House. Dilly dilly!" - the Social Butterfly, MArch '18

Image: Jonathan Willis, Cincinnati Magazine


3518 Tarpis Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208

Terry Brown, completed 2006

"'Nuff said." - the Grumpy Cat, MArch '18

Image: Strange Buildings


1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Samuel Hannaford, completed 1878, renovated 2017 by Martinez + Johnson Architecture and Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel

"Music Hall is not only a beautiful building, but also has so much history associated with it. Learning about it is almost as incredible as looking at it." - Senna Lanzer, BSArch '18

Image: Cincinnati Refined


35 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

W.W. Ahlschlager & Associates, Delano & Aldrich, Rene Paul Chambellan, completed 1930

"I've heard they have really good brunch." - the Social Butterfly, MArch '18

Image: Travel + Leisure


42 Calhoun St, Cincinnati, OH 45219

Samuel Hannaford, 1873, renovated and restored in 2016 by Platte Architecture + Design

"I voted for St. George's because whenever I drive into campus late at night, I can see St. George's steeples shining, and it’s how I know I am close to home." - Hannah Johnson, BSArch '18

Image: Platte Architecture + Design


5057 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227

Glaserworks, Human Nature Inc., completed 2005

"It's like the Vanna Venturi House minus the post-modernism." - the Architectural History Buff, MArch '18

Image: glaserworks


533 Riddle Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45220

"An institution among SAID students, the Riddle Road Market, with its blue tints of brick and glowing red roofline, is a hidden gem nestled in the hills of Clifton." - Anonymous, BSArch '18

Image: Riddle Road Market Facebook page


100 Ted Berry Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Sasaki Associates, KZF Design, opened 2012

"Honestly I'm just trying to go out to the bars at the Banks this weekend, but the park is decent I guess."

- the Social Butterfly, MArch '18

Image: Cincinnati Design Awards via KZF


1373 Avon Place, Cincinnati OH 45225

Mark deJong, opened/closed 2017

"Camp Washington is very hip rn." - that one person who always knows about random artsy things like Swing House, MArch '18

Image: Contemporary Arts Center


1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45203

Fellheimer & Wagner, completed 1933, currently being renovated by GBBN Architects

"The main rotunda always gets me, no matter how many times I've been there I spend at least five minutes tilting my head up and down to grasp the space. It misconstrues your understanding of scale and makes you feel minuscule."

- Shoshanna Siddell, BSArch '18

"The grand promenade of this building and the historic lobby space has never failed to captivate me." - Tristan Lana, BSArch '18

Image: Glaserworks

122 W Nixon St - Google Maps.jpg

The Venice Apartments

128 West Nixon Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220

"The Venice has been a Cincinnati hot spot since 1930. At nearly 90 years old, The Venice is without a doubt the gold standard for multi-unit residential in south Clifton. Real Clifton."

"Nixon Street surpasses Ludlow in both charm and character."

"It has got some cool Spanish revival elements going on, also some Art Deco looking stuff. Oh, and terrazzo where it shouldn’t be. Well, not where it shouldn’t be, but in weird places like between warped wood floors. But that’s ok."

"It’s big, yellow, has a parking lot on the side, and laundry price is not too bad."

- Evan Schlenk, BSArch '18

Image: Google Maps


1230 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

opened 1855, renovated in 2012 by 3CDC and BHDP Architecture

"Stop trying to make fetch happen." - Couscous the Goldendoodle, Thesis Studio Pup '18

Image: Urban Cincy

If you have other suggestions, you should have voted in the Facebook poll :)

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