#12.031.01: ‘LOOK UP!’ An Architectural Detail Scavenger Hunt

Two of the three Rookwood tiles waiting to awarded to a successful scavenger hunter. We have a grand prize but we arent going to post a picture just yet….who doesn’t like a little bit of suspense?

Want to know how to pick an architect out of a crowd?  They are the ones looking up.  Why exactly is that, you ask?  Because architects know that what you see at street level is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the beauty of a building.

In an effort to stretch our necks and get everybody in the habit of looking up, we’ve come up with a little competition.  A scavenger hunt for eight buildings, all of which are in Downtown Cincinnati, all of which we pass by, over and over, on our way to Reds games usually without taking the time to notice.

The rules are simple.  Using the images and clues provided on the Scavenger Hunt Guide, find all eight buildings and take a photo of yourself in front of each one.  Be sure to get enough of the building in the image so we can be sure you visited all of them.  Send all eight images to ArchiNATI12@gmail.org BEFORE Friday, October 5th at 2:00 pm.  All correct submissions will be entered into a drawing for one of three beautiful hand crafted tiles provided by Rookwood Pottery.  Three winners will be decided, a grand prize and two second prizes.  Winners will be notified by email and the prizes will be given out at the Live Make Launch event. No need to be present, just be sure to include your name, email address and phone number with your submission.

Although every building tells a story, these specific buildings are particularly noteworthy because of their significance to the architectural history of Cincinnati.  Take the time to look up, and notice the craftsmanship and thought that went into the placement of every stone, brick or tile.  Look up more often and I promise you’ll see something new each time!

Click this link to down load the ArchiNATI Scavenger Hunt Guide!

Happy Hunting!

 *Editors Note: Post by John Jaskiewicz, ArchiNATI Coordinator

#12.030: The Public Library of Cincinnati Presents the 1848 Riverfront Panorama

In 1848 the busy river front of Cincinnati was captured in 8 plates of Daguerrotype by photographers Charles Fontayne and William S. Porter. The bustling landscape of river front viewed from Kentucky, which looks so unfamiliar to us 164 years later, has become one of the most important reference points for historians, genealogists, and photographers of our region and in fact, the entire country. Daguerrotype photography was a truly innovative technology for its time. Today this type of image provides information about the way of life and culture of the people in 1848, as well as providing views of advertisements, neighborhoods, and buildings–the overwhelming majority of which do not exist any more. These pictures have captured the smallest details about Cincinnati on the day the picture was taken–even the time of the photo itself.

On Friday October 5th, Patricia Van Skaik manager of the Genealogy and Local History Department at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will present the general information and history of the oldest photographic image of a city in the United States. Later she will provide the opportunity to view the original Daguerrotype image of Cincinnati.

You can see more of Patricia’s work at these links:

TEDxCincy Presentation

The Cincinnati Panorama of 1848 at the Cincinnati Public Library

Griffin-Yeatman Award

THE CINCINNATI PUBLIC LIBRARY | The Cincinnati Panorama of 1848 (Free)
Presented by Patricia Van Skaik
Meets at the Public Library | 3rd Floor Genealogy and Local History Program Space
FRIDAY, OCT 5 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

*Editors Note: Post by Mercedeh Namei, ArchiNATI Coordinator

#12.029: A Tour of the Manley Residence

The third and final tour in a series that ArchiNATI & OTR Living are offering is a tour of the Manley Residence. Like many homes in the area, the Manley Residence has overseen the rise, decline, and resurgence of the neighborhood in which it resides. The years were not kind and more than 20 years of vacancy opened the question of exactly what is worth preserving and what is not. Why and what we preserve (or conserve) was the topic of Michael McLaughlin’s 2006 Master’s of Architecture thesis. Michael used this house on Race to explore the unique relationships and design process that emerge when working with existing buildings. Now we can see the house as Michael studied it and compare it to the house as it is being finished today. The tour description is below:

This is the first single family home renovation project within the 3CDC development in Over the Rhine. The developer/builder, John Hueber Homes, has extensive experience building custom, LEED certified homes in greater Cincinnati. This project involves maintaining historical characteristics, adding modern conveniences, and is seeking LEED Gold certification. The balance of materials, budget and design is a complicated one, but will result in a wonderful new home. This home was under contract to a suburban Cincinnati couple who have had input into this renovation project from the beginning.


THE GATEWAY QUARTER | A Tour of the Manley Residence (Free)
Meets at the OTR Living & Sales Center at 1401 Vine Street, 45202
Tour limited to 20 reservations
Please RSVP to sgatewayquarter@gmail.com
SATURDAY, OCT 6 | 12-1:30 PM

#12.028 Competition to Launch in Brewery District

LIVE•MAKE Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati

In an era of economic uncertainty and high unemployment, our public discourse finds us searching for new and old models to embody. In order to build a sustainable economy, many look towards new trends in local manufacturing combined with an increased interest in urban living. The Brewery District in Over the Rhine is a neighborhood supportive of a sustainable economy, once home to many former breweries and manufacturers and a dense residential population.



The recent change in zoning to Urban Mix in the Brewery District allows light industry, residences, offices, and more to coexist once again. The LIVE•MAKE Industrial Arts Center Cincinnati competition seeks to leverage the potentials of the Urban Mix in the Brewery District.  The competition is a collaboration between the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Over-the-Rhine Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. LIVE•MAKE is an international architecture design competition for a 50,000 SF member-based workshop, light manufacturing studios, and housing in the Brewery District. The Urban Mix zoning ordinance in the Brewery District allows programs like light industrial or manufacturing to coexist on one site with residential use. It is a unique opportunity for designers to reimagine new life for industrial architecture, much of which sits vacant across the Midwest region. 

The LIVE•MAKE Launch will be held on October 6th from 12-5pm at the Christian Moerlein Brewhouse in Over-the-Rhine as the official release of the competition. The Launch will also be the closing event for ArchiNATI, Cincinnati’s Architecture Festival.

The Launch is funded in part by a grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and the AIA Ohio Advocacy Award. Launch visitors will have the opportunity to tour pre-Prohibition Breweries, stepping into vaulted lagering cellars and walking through Cincinnati’s brewing history. Tours are free to the first 160 people to register in person at the Brewhouse and $20 after.


Launch Venue, Future tasting room of Christian Moerlein Brewing

Launch Venue, future tasting room of Christian Moerlein Brewing


While waiting for the next tour to leave, you can enjoy some of Christian Moerlein Brewing Company’s finest lagers and ales and check out design and art exhibits on display, including a human height robot. Member based workshops and shared workspaces, such as TechShop and Cincinnati’s Hive13, are rising across the country.

The work of artists, designers, and engineers will highlight the potential users of the Industrial Arts Center in the LIVE•MAKE Competition. Light manufacturing and shared workspaces are poised to re-infiltrate the industrial architecture of the Brewery District, to create an environment that is great to work, play, live and make.


The LIVE•MAKE will be held at the Christian Moerlein Brewhouse, 1621 Moore St. Cincinnati, OH 45202. Registration is on a first come first serve basis at the Launch.



For Launch information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/LIVEMAKEIACCincinnati/events  For competition details: www.iaccincinnati.com


image credits: map and flyer designed by Hatchback

#12.027: ArchiNATI Opening Night Kicks Off With “Works On Cincinnati”

University of Cincinnati’s Mick & Mack

It’s impossible to quantify the influence design students from the University of Cincinnati and Miami University have had on the development and growth of Cincinnati. It is safe to say that they have a major impact. As practicing interns or active members of student organizations and studios, local design students are contributing a constant flow of innovative ideas for the future of Cincinnati.

Friday September 28th, The Miami University Center for Community Engagement (MUCCE) and their Over-The-Rhine Design Build Studio hosts “Works On Cincinnati”.  “Works On Cincinnati” is a presentation of design work developed by current MU and UC students at Miami’s OTR Studio. The exhibition will be accompanied by presentations, discussions and hors d’oeuvres. Please join us for an evening of conversations and learn how MU and UC students are shaping the environment you inhabit!

The Miami University Beta Theta Pi tower, Photo by Chris Staley

 AIAS MU + AIAS UC Presents “Works On Cincinnati” at the MUCCE
Sponsored by the American Institute of Architecture Students – Miami University and University of Cincinnati Chapters
The Miami University Center for Community Engagement
MUCCE Studio, 1300 Vine Street, 45202
FRIDAY, SEPT 28 | 6PM Doors Open
Presentations | 630-730 PM


Samantha O’Connor, University of Cincinnati | A Renovation of a House in OTR

Jennifer Colley, University of Cincinnati | Project for the Greenhills Historic Society

Beth Schwerman, Kristina Phillips, Alexa Yoon  | The MUCCE Fall Residency Program— Current Project: 10w 14th Street.

John Blake | MU Center for Community Engagement’s Mission and Projects  | Spring Atelier with CR architecture + design.

*Editors Note: photo licensed under a creative commons license