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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Over the Rhine History and Significance in Architecture

The Over the Rhine area of Cincinnati has been a drug and gang invested neighborhood for many years, however it is starting to see improvements. This area is immediately adjacent to the Finley Market and just north of downtown, and there are a number of new good restaurants in an area that we would not have gone to for any reason, day or night not too many years ago. I love to see the improvement and the buildings being renovated. It still has a long way to go, but headed in the right direction. Over the Rhine will be the Go To place in Cincinnati for dining and going out on the town in the years to come if they keep going in the same direction.

A beautiful new Washington Park is under construction right in front of Music Hall that looks like it might be for outdoor concert series. The Over the Rhine area is believed to the largest most intact urban historic district in the United States and is currently on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1983 had 943 contributing buildings. The typical style is Italianate and is a prime example of an intact 19th century urban neighborhood and is significantly compared to the French Quarter in New Orleans, Historic Savannah, Charleston and Greenwich Village in NY. The area is also known for art dealers and there are several new buildings all relating to the 4 arts, such as the Eric Kunzel Auditorium and others.

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