Architecture in Cincinnati: An Illustrated History of Designing and Building an American City

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Cincinnati was the first "great” city founded after American independence, and its prodigious growth reflected the rise of the new nation. Its architecture is a testament to that growth and to the importance of the city itself. Architecture in Cincinnati: An Illustrated History of Designing and Building an American City traces the city’s development from the first town plans of the 1780s to the city that it is today, renowned for its dramatic architectural achievements. It is a fascinating story of patrons, ...
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Overview

Cincinnati was the first "great” city founded after American independence, and its prodigious growth reflected the rise of the new nation. Its architecture is a testament to that growth and to the importance of the city itself. Architecture in Cincinnati: An Illustrated History of Designing and Building an American City traces the city’s development from the first town plans of the 1780s to the city that it is today, renowned for its dramatic architectural achievements. It is a fascinating story of patrons, politicians, architects, engineers, and planners building a city. Bringing the city’s rich architectural history to life in luminous color photographs by noted photographer Alice Weston, Architecture in Cincinnati captures the beauty of the Queen City and the spirit of individual buildings, bridges, and urban places. Supplemented by historical images and interesting sidebars, Architecture in Cincinnati is an informative and lavishly illustrated book that will inspire renewed pride of place in residents of the city. Nonresidents and students of architectural and urban history will enjoy this authoritative introduction to a remarkable—yet typical—American city.
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The Taft Museum; the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies; the Roebling Suspension Bridge; the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art; Plum Street Temple; the Aronoff Center for Design and Art: Cincinnati is a breathtaking study in contrasting architectural studies. This large-format paperback, illustrated by Alice Weston's striking color photographs, unfolds the building history of Cincinnati, from its early days as a frontier town to its development as a 21st-century city. The coauthors boast top-notch references: Cultural historian Sue Ann Painter is the director of the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, and architectural historian Jayne Merkel is the former architecture critic for the Cincinnati Enquirer.
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With the assistance of Beth Sullebarger, who runs a historic preservation consulting firm, and Jayne Merkel, an architectural historian and critic, Painter (director, Architectural Fdn. of Cincinnati) and photographer Weston have done a fine job producing the first full architectural history of the sometime "Queen City." Ten chapters chronicle the growth and evolution of Cincinnati since its founding in 1788 along the north bank of the Ohio River. The book follows this first inland boomtown through the 19th and 20th centuries, noting the influence of German immigrants in enhancing its architecture and culture. The authors also discuss planning errors and racial tension in the city and offer background information on generations of architects who have practiced there. Each chapter concludes with descriptions and illustrations of selected buildings from that time period. A map of present-day Greater Cincinnati might have been a helpful addition to historical city maps. Still, this valuable history will be of interest to public and academic libraries throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana; recommended.
—David R. Conn

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821417010
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 998,012
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Ann Painter, a cultural and political historian, is director of the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati. Her historical publications have won local, state, and national awards. Her most recent book, William Henry Harrison: Father of the West, is the first in a series on Ohio presidents. Beth Sullebarger is principal of a historic preservation consulting firm in Cincinnati. She has thirty years of experience in the field, including seven years as director of the Cincinnati Preservation Association. Jayne Merkel, an architectural historian and critic, has written books about Michael Graves and Eero Saarinen. She was architecture critic for the Cincinnati Enquirer (1977–88). She is now a New York-based contributing editor for Architectural Design/AD in London and writes for numerous architectural journals in the United States.
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