Cincinnati has some wonderful Art Museums and galleries with world class art. My favorite gallery is the Malton Art Gallery. They have been around for a long time and recently moved to a new location and brand new building which was built to show art...a beautiful space! Malton Gallery always impresses me with interesting, well designed and installed shows...but best of all is the fact that the gallery changes very frequently and always looks fresh. I like to go on Saturdays, but they are open on weekdays too. Most of my favorite art is from Malton Gallery. The new location is really easy to get to and they have parking!
The Rookwood Shopping center is across the street and a fun visit is well. Great housewares shop "Sur La Table" and cute tea shop plus all the high end chains.
Believe it or not, the corporate headquarters for the high end exclusive Macy's Department Store chain is neither New York nor San Francisco but it's Cincinnati. I have a picture here of the high-rise corporate office building contrasted with lower earlier vintage office buildings in the city.
Piatt Park extends two blocks between Elm and Vine Streets, providing "an oasis" from busy downtown life. The park has lots of ornamental plants, and equestrian statue of President William Henry Harrison, and a statue of President Garfield. There are arbor like arches and benches for seating. This is a 200 year old park; the oldest in the city.
Cincinnati has an inventory of historic brick buildings that any city further west would only hope for. Surprisingly, the downtown historic district has no yet revived into the gas lamp districts found in some other cities. A fine residence once occupied by a former mayor was begging for a buyer. I also liked the old firehouse, which still looks well kept.
The 1893 Romanesque stone building at 801 Plum street is Cincinnati's City Hall. Placed on the register of historic places in 1972, this building typifies the architecture of the city at the time of it's building. A local architectural firm and several colors of Ohio quarried stone were used to build this structure, which remains today actively used by the Mayor and City Council. The 9 story clock tower (not featured among my images), the detailed chiseled features over the entrance, and the terra-cotta roofline are truly extraordinary and worth a visit. Sorry my images are better, but at the time I stopped by, daylight was already long gone.
Also on Plum Street is the St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, a architecturally unusual structure for a Catholic church. The building is described as being of Greek Revival, and although I didn't view the inside, the alter artwork is also of Greek revival style, pieces which were imported from Europe. This building was dedicated in 1845, making it one of the oldest existing churches in Cincinnati. The spire was for many years the tallest structure in the city. Between 1938 and 1957, the more modern Saint Monica's in Clifton Heights neighborhood was the city's cathedral, until returning to this building after renovation.
A truly outstanding example of historic religious architecture in Cincinnati would have to include the beautiful Isaac M. Wise Temple, located on Plum Street. This is one of the oldest existing synagogs in the USA, having been dedicated in 1866. The congregation dates back to German jewish immigration during the 1840's. Wikipedia describes the wonderful mix of architectural styles well:
This building was constructed by James Keys Wilson with a 19th century Germanic architectural style that blended the Neo-Byzantine architecture and Moorish Revival style derived from the architecture of Moorish Spain. The style of the synagogue, including the tripartite, twin-domed facade, was copied from the Leopoldstädter Tempel, built in Vienna, Austria, in 1853.
The temple has a tripartite facade, rose window and a basilica style arch, similar to a Gothic Cathedral, but its Islamic influences are visible in its minarets and other details.
Plum Street is notable for having been the first of many American Moorish Revival synagogues. All examples of similar architecture in Germany were destroyed by Hitler, although many examples survive in other parts of Europe.
Downtown Cincinnati has its share of grand churches listed as historical landmarks. One of these is the Gothic style Covenant First Presbyterian Church, located at 717 Elm Street, on the western edge of downtown. There are actually a cluster of fine churches in this area, but this church architecture stands above the rest. It also has a great interior of woodwork and stained glass, although I wasn't able to appreciate this during my visit. See the websites for more details.
The original congregation of the First Presbyterian Church dates back to the founding of the city in 1790, but later merged with the Covenant Presbyterian congregation, originally founded in 1816. The current Gothic church is made from locally quarried stone and the interior is carved from Ohio black walnut. This building was dedicated in 1875, and faces Piatt Park, the oldest park in Cincinnati (circa 1817). Interestingly, the church shares a city block with the Isaac M. Wise Temple, separated by the Presbyterian church multilevel parking garage. The Presbyterian church faces east, while the synagog, faces west.
This city park comprises 186 acres and is home to some of the city's finest establishments....the Art Museum and Conservatory, for example. There are scenic overlooks, walking paths, a dog park, picnic areas, and even beautiful townhomes.
Hosted by local radio station Warm98, the Blue Ash Summer Concert Series is a series of Tuesday (7PM) & Friday night (8PM) concerts held in Blue Ash all summer long (this year's season revs up June 3rd. The Tuesday concert series (found at the corner of Hunt & Cooper Rds on Towne Square) ends the Tuesday after Labor Day, September 2nd, while the Friday concert series ends during the Taste of Blue Ash, August 22nd. And of course, July 4th (Independence Day) is their Red, White & Blue Ash Day!!
You'll see a staggering array of musical styles from Big Band Jazz (Blue Wisp Big Band) to Country (The Six Pac) to Cajun Rock (Robin Lacy & DeZydeco) to local concert bands (UC Community Band).
Admission is FREE!
Located on the scenic Ohio River with its rolling hills and lush valleys, Cincinnati region offers an unique tapestry of experiences that will touch the visitor's heart…and this year, more than ever, these are the feelings that need to be shared – with family and friends.
If you are in town during the festive season just head to the Macy Square in downtown and wait up for the dazzling fireworks and Santa skywalk :) Forget the chimney! Santa rappels down the side of the 525 Vine Building, a downtown office tower, to the Macy’s rooftop at Fountain Square to kick off a spectacular holiday fireworks display. Macy’s Downtown Dazzle takes place Saturdays on Fountain Square during the holiday season.
The 20-minute family-friendly program also features strolling entertainers, holiday characters, and holiday music. Enjoy live music on Fountain Square by local choirs – including Macy’s own gospel choir.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is actually in Dayton, OH, but you can easily drive to it when you are in Cincinnati. My aunt decided to bring me there and I was thrilled seeing the stealth plane up close, and just learning a lot about the history of the airforce. If you love planes, this is the place to be!
Address: 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton - Wright Patterson AFB, OH
Directions: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Exit 41 off I-70. 8 miles S on Rt 4, left on Harshman Rd., right on Springfield Pike. OR I-70 to exit 44, I-675. Follow the brown signs.
Hours: 9 am - 5 pm daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, New Years Day. (Call to verify)
Downtown is very beautiful. Compared to many other cities, downtown Cincy is quite safe. Traffic isn't as bad as it is in larger cities, and for the most part it is clean. Just pay attention to where you are at.
This park has the best views of the city. I highly recommend a trip up to the overlook. Not actually in Cincinnati, but just across the Ohio River in Covington. Park closes at dark, but I we didn't get rushed out. The ranger saw that we were taking pictures and he just waited patiently. We really appreciated that.
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