Welcome to a blog about all things Over-the-Rhine. OTR is the largest, most intact urban historic district in the United States. The historic neighborhood contains the largest collection of Italianate architecture in the country, and its Brewery District has more pre-Prohibition breweries than anywhere else in the world. Findlay Market is one of the oldest continuously operated public markets in the country. The Gateway Quarter, Washington Park, and Main Street neighborhoods offer a plethora of housing choices – from modern loft living to historic single family residences.
Here’s what others are saying:
An uber-chic area near downtown with a distinct Old World vibe…comparable to New Orleans and Savannah, Ga.
We see Over-the-Rhine as being an urban hub of innovation.
In all of America, there is no more promising an urban area for revitalization than your own Over-the-Rhine. When I look at that remarkably untouched, expansive section of architecturally uniform structures, unmarred by clashing modern structures, I see in my mind the possibility for a revived district that literally could rival similar prosperous and heavily visited areas.
Arthur Frommer, famed travel writer, 1993
It is the density coupled with the fact OTR was a port of entry for working class immigrants and transplants that makes it distinctive nationally…the concentration of 3-5 story tenements, many of them common walled, with first floor commercial, coupled withall the churches and cultural/institutional buildings…give OTR much of its identity. The fact that the first American Turnverein ,the first German Methodist Church [Nast] and the nation’s oldest large Music Hall are all in OTR and all have Germanic associations adds to national significance. I think a case can be made for NHL (National Historic Landmark status).
Steve Gordon, Former Survey & National Register Manager, Ohio Historic Preservation Office
Over-the-Rhine’s dense streetscapes are full of tenements, churches, theaters, storefronts and social halls that are largely unchanged from a time when they were inhabited by working-class immigrants in the 1800s.
Cincinnati Enquirer, 2010
It is a famous place of resort at all times, but especially on Sunday, for those who love excitement and beer. There is no Sabbath in Over-the-Rhine. Nearly all the business-houses are kept open seven days in the week, and many saloons all night.
King’s Pocket Book of Cincinnati, Moses King, 1880
Now would be a good time to get serious about saving Over-the-Rhine.
Tom Callinan, Editor of The Enquirer, 2010
It’s easy to spot the pride locals take in OTR’s reputation as the country’s greatest collection of 19th-century Italianate architecture, as well as one of its largest urban historic districts.
It’s the best development in the country right now.
Urban Land Institute, 2012
The coolest neighborhood these days is Over-the-Rhine, just north of downtown, where trendy restaurants and shops are opening almost weekly.
This is unbelievable what’s happening in Over-the-Rhine…you will be shocked by what you see.
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Photographed by Jerome Strauss