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.
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
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heights for the parking garage are greater than 12'-0" which allows the structure to be repurposed when the automobile is obsolete and we don't need a place to park anymore."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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Venice Apartments
"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