Join the OTR Foundation’s Infill and Preservation Committees and meet Beth Johnson, Cincinnati’s new Urban Conservator. Learn about her experience with and approach to historic preservation and urban development. Beth will speak briefly, followed by questions and conversation. Refreshments will be provided by Graydon Land Use. This Main Street City Series event is at 4:00 pm Wednesday March 23rd at Graydon on Main, 1421 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Beth grew up in the Dayton area. She has an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning and History, with a minor in Historic Preservation, from Ball State University. She has a Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University. She has worked for the cities of San Antonio, TX and Covington, KY in their planning and historic preservation offices. She is a former Deputy Historic Preservation Officer for Austin, TX.
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Ruth J. Abram, founder of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City, will speak at the Mercantile Library at 6 pm on Friday, January 22nd — a donation of $5 is suggested. The lecture is sponsored by the Over-the-Rhine Museum, which secured an Ohio Humanities grant to cover costs. Ms. Abram, a social activist and historian, is the 2015 recipient of a $175,000 J.M. Kaplan Innovation Prize, an award she earned on behalf of her project, Behold! New Lebanon. Behold! New Lebanon isdescribed as “a rural museum without walls” that is “breaking new ground in the interpretation of rural life and culture.” Ms. Abram is also founder of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience and organizer of both the Institute on Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence College and the National Women’s Agenda Coalition. Ms. Abram has consulted on historic interpretation for museums around the world including the National Park Service, the National Public Housing Museum, Lincoln’s Cottage, Weeksville, the Gulag Museum in Russia, the Liberation War Museum in Bangladesh, and the English Workhouse Museum. Her contributions have been recognized by numerous awards and fellowships including from New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, Muhlenberg College, Russell Sage College, Hebrew Union College, and the Aspen Institute.
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The Over-the-Rhine Foundation, in conjunction with Taft’s Ale House and American Legacy Tours, is presenting an exclusive and unique opportunity to tour historic OTR churches while supporting The Foundation’s Owner-Occupied neighborhood efforts. Two 90-minute tours of five historic OTR churches will take place on Wednesday, September 9 starting at 6:30 PM and 7 PM, respectively. The tours, led by American Legacy Tours’ staff of engaging and knowledgeable guides, will immerse attendees in the history and architecture of some of Cincinnati’s oldest churches. Tickets for the historic churches tour are $30 apiece and can be purchased via American Legacy Tours’ website — go to September 9th on the American Legacy Tours event calendar linked above and select the tour you want to take. Tours will start and end at Taft’s Ale House—itself an immaculately renovated historic OTR church—where attendees will enjoy a beer as part of their ticket price. All proceeds will support the Foundation’s Owner-Occupied Educational Seminars and Training.
Join us Thursday July 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Crown Building for the OTR Museum’s first fundraising event, 3 Acts in Over-the-Rhine. Three story tellers will present papers on OTR heritage. Act 1 will feature the incredible Anne Delano Steinert. She’s a preservationist, historian, and educator whose work focuses on uncovering evidence of the past within the urban built environment. Anne holds a Bachelor’s degree from Goucher College and a Master’s degree from Columbia University, both in historic preservation. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Urban History at the University of Cincinnati where her dissertation will focus on the architecture of Over-the-Rhine. Anne is the curator of an exhibit of historic images to be posted throughout Over-the-Rhine in the late summer and is working with a talented group of professionals to create an Over-the-Rhine Museum based on the model of New York’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Acts 2 and 3 will be presented by Nate McGee, historian, and Mike Uhlenhake, architect & resident of Over-the-Rhine.
Buy tickets here or offer a $5.00 suggested donation at the door. Beverages and light snacks will be available. The Crown Building is at 1739 Elm Street, across from Findlay Market.
Join us as we kick-off the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden crowd funding campaign at Goodfellas Pizzeria (1211 Main Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202) on Wednesday May 20 from 5 PM to 8 PM!
The Over-the-Rhine Foundation is raising funds for teaching and gardening supplies for the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden and we are kicking off the campaign with pizza and beer!
The Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden (RRSG) has been a tremendous success–teaching students at Rothenberg Preparatory Academy science, math and language arts, but could still use some help with garden supplies. We are working on raising funds for a shade pavilion, irrigation, cold frames, rain barrels, a garden kitchen set and fruit trees among other important teaching tools and supplies.
We are crowdfunding a campaign for the RRSG on Indiegogo where you can buy a $20 admission to the Over-the-Rhine Foundation’s Kick-Off Happy Hour at Goodfellas Pizzeria. The admission price gets you pizza and a drink ticket, and all proceeds are going to the Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden. Join in the fun for a great cause!
Buy Happy Hour admission and make donations here.
Ellen Harris, Director of Urban Planning and Historic Preservation in Savannah, GA, delivered the keynote address March 27th at the inaugural Woodward Dialog Series event. Read an interview with Ms. Harris, conducted by Ben Liebing for the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati.Com, by clicking here.
Filling In: The Challenge of Merging New With Old in one of America’s Most Inspired Districts
The Over-the-Rhine Foundation offers an enlightening lecture in the Woodward Dialogue Series with an event hosted at 5:30 on March 27th at Venue 222 (222 E 14th Street) in OTR. The event is free and open to the public and will feature special guest Ellen Harris, Director of Urban Planning and Historic Preservation in the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission. Ellen will give us her insight into Savannah’s best practices in infill development and the exciting opportunities she sees for high-quality infill in Over-the-Rhine.
This event is sponsored in part by Graydon Land Use Strategies, LLC and the Niehoff Urban Studio.
The Rothenberg Rooftop Teaching Garden, brainchild of OTR Foundation board member, Pope Coleman, and beneficiary of more than $250,000 in fundraising by Mr. Coleman and the Foundation, received some kind attention recently from Soapbox Cincinnati. A recent article by Brittany York describes how the teaching garden originated and is evolving. The article includes lots of great pictures for those of you who haven’t enjoyed the privilege of actually visiting the Rothenberg rooftop.
You can view the pictures and read the article in Soapbox by clicking here.
The Over-the-Rhine Foundation is working to prevent the proposed demolition of 1606 and 1608 Walnut Street. Those two historic structures are an essential part of the still intact 19th century streetscape on Walnut just north of Liberty Street. The current owner, the FreestoreFoodbank, wants to create a parking lot. It unsuccessfully proposed demolishing the two buildings in 2008. Since then, the FreestoreFoodbank has allowed the buildings to deteriorate by not repairing roofs and gutters. Neglect of that nature is a violation of municipal building codes and of the historic district ordinance designed to protect the investments of other property owners in the historic district.
The Over-the-Rhine historic district is one of the largest and most important historic districts in the nation, comparable in size and architectural significance to Charleston, Savannah, and the French Quarter in New Orleans. More than half of the historic buildings in the Over-the-Rhine historic district have been demolished during the past fifty years; the OTR Foundation is dedicated to preserving the surviving half. With each new demolition, the integrity of the historic district is further compromised and the economic benefits it generates for all of Cincinnati are imperiled.
Please join the OTR Foundation’s efforts to prevent the demolition of 1606 and 1608 Walnut Street:
- Make a tax deductible donation to the Over-the-Rhine Foundation to help support historic preservation and community revitalization in Over-the-Rhine
- Contact Cincinnati City Council members and ask them to oppose the demolition
- Testify in opposition to the demolition when the Historic Conservation Board hears the demolition request on February 24th
- Call and write FreestoreFoodbank President and CEO, Kurt Reiber at firstname.lastname@example.org and 513-482-3737. Tell him to not demolish the Walnut Street buildings and to either repair them or sell them to a responsible owner.
Learn more about the importance of the OTR historic district by clicking here.