Exhibition of CPA History Now Open at the Museum Center

October 7th, 2014  |  Published in Events, News

The exhibition honoring Cincinnati Preservation’s 50th anniversary is now open at Cincinnati Museum Center! It highlights CPA’s story from its founding by three women determined to save Native American and early settlement sites to saving individual buildings and reviving entire neighborhoods. 50 years of work comes to life through  building models, blueprints, artifacts and more.

“Celebrating 50 Years of Working Together Saving Places”  is located in the Culture Gallery of Cincinnati Museum Center. Admission to the exhibit, which runs through April 5, 2015, is free.


From the Introductory Panel:

Fifty years ago a group of Cincinnati citizens recognized that we were losing our historic sites and buildings at an alarming rate.  One highly significant archeological site at Shawnee Lookout faced an immediate threat from a proposed transmission line at a nearby power plant.  To address this crises they organized the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation in 1964.   While working to save Shawnee Lookout they also began to educate themselves and the community about the other treasures in the region.

This exhibit presents the individuals who lead preservation efforts, the buildings they saved and, sadly, the many that have been lost.  It also highlights the evolution of the preservation movement from its early focus on individual buildings to its current role in reviving entire neighborhoods.

The founders of MPA had to work hard to convince people of the value of the historic buildings.  Today historic preservation is more widely appreciated and has become a central part of city planning.  Cincinnati’s current urban renaissance is fueled in large part by redeveloping its historic resources.

Historic buildings and sites make the world more understandable and enrich our lives.   We owe a debt of graduate to the founders and early leaders on MPA.  The work they began continues today as new generations join the effort.



Historic District's are shown on a large map, survey publications in foreground.
Historic District’s are shown on a large map, survey publications in foreground.
Tools of preservation are on display courtesy of HGC Construction


Archaeological material from early MPA work at Shawnee Lookout.
Archaeological material from early MPA work at Shawnee Lookout.



Fall Forum Tickets Available Now

September 30th, 2014  |  Published in News

Annual Fall Forum Luncheon

2014 Speaker:  Donovan Rypkema

Friday, October 24th, noon to 1:30

The Fall Forum this year will bring us full circle from our origins in protecting archeological sites to our current work of bringing vitality to historic neighborhoods.  Internationally known economist, Donovan Rypkema, will present his ground-breaking work on data driven neighborhood revitalization.  Mr. Rypkema and his team at PlaceEconomics are applying their mapping tools in Walnut Hills.  This CPA sponsored project will identify strategies for revitalization based on extensive data collection and mapping. Rypkema will present new ways to utilize the untapped value of historic buildings and show how they can be the foundation of great neighborhoods.  Donovan Rypkema is a highly respected economist and an inspiring speaker. 

The luncheon will be held at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel’s Hall of Mirrors from noon-1:30 p.m.  Donovan Rypkema, a principal at PlaceEconomics, will be the luncheon’s keynote speaker. Tickets are $40 and $60 and are available below.

The study was initiated and funded by Cincinnati Preservation Association.  Additional funding was provided by the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Jr. Haile / US Bank Foundation and the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing.

Fall Forum Tickets

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Cincinnati’s Preservation Renaissance Celebration

August 7th, 2014  |  Published in News

An Evening to Celebrate Cincinnati’s Preservation Renaissance

November 8th, Cocktails 6:00 p.m., Dinner 7:30

Marriott Renaissance Downtown, Burnham Room C

Cincinnati Preservation Association is pleased to be hosting a grand opening dinner and party at the newly renovated Marriott Renaissance Downtown Hotel.  This exciting event will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 beginning with cocktails at 6:00 pm.  A gourmet dinner will follow at 7:30 PM.

The widespread enthusiasm for Cincinnati’s unique historic fabric is fueling new development and drawing people to the city.  It did not happen over night however, in fact, Cincinnati Preservation has been working to save and revitalize our landmarks for 50 years.  To celebrate this 50th anniversary of our founding we are celebrating with a dinner and party at the newly restored Marriott Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown.  We will be celebrating the opening of this beautiful hotel in the former Union Trust Company at the corner of Fourth and Walnut Streets. This is a major success story for Cincinnati and we are delighted to celebrate our 50th anniversary in such high style.

For sponsorship information call 513-721-4506 Ext. 2  or to purchase tickets ($150 per person), click here

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CPA Accepting Donations for Murals

June 6th, 2013  |  Published in News

The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 6, 2013 – Cliff Radel

Let the donations begin.

Cincinnati Preservation Association officially started accepting funds Wednesday to save the nine, endangered, industrial mosaic murals that once hung in Union Terminal’s now-demolished concourse.

“We were involved in the original effort to save these murals,” said Paul Muller, the association’s executive director. “We are lucky they were created, saved and now available for return to Cincinnati.”

The nine murals stand in two shuttered terminals slated for demolition at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Plans call for the terminals to be wrecked by 2015. The city of Cincinnati has first right of refusal to find the murals a new home. Mayor Mark Mallory wants to bring the works of nickel-sized pieces of colored glass and tinted mortar back to Ohio and inside the Duke Energy Convention Center.

The estimated cost to pack, remove, transport and install the nine, 20-feet by 20-feet, 8-ton panels is $5 million to $7 million. Governmental funds are not available to foot the entire bill.

Public money was also in short supply when the murals were moved to the airport in 1973. That’s when Cincinnati Preservation Association’s initial incarnation, the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation, stepped in. Association officials also made sure, Muller noted, that the murals’ deed “specified that the city had first choice if the murals were ever to be moved again.”

Muller said reserving them once more “will add to the rich heritage of Cincinnati.”

Since an Enquirer story broke the news of the murals’ plight and the association’s involvement in raising funds to save the works of art, Muller said he has “been contacted by several individuals and an investment banker. They wanted to know when Cincinnati Preservation Association will be accepting donations.”

The answer is now.

If you prefer to donate by check, please make checks payable to:  Save the Murals Fund and mail to 342 West Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.