Museum Center Insight Lecturer: Paul Muller

January 20th, 2015  |  Published in News

Lecturer: Paul Muller, Executive Director, Cincinnati Preservation Association
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29
Where: Reakirt Auditorium

This lecture will present the concept that our historic resources are not static treasures to be held in suspended animation but rather the framework for reinventing our cities and our relationship to the past. Historic buildings and sites gain value when we engage them in the process of creating and sustaining a vital culture. Viewed in this way, preservation becomes a creative endeavor that adds depth and resonance to human experience. Examples will be drawn from the 50 years of Cincinnati Preservation Association (formerly Miami Purchase Association) and from emerging national and international trends.  Cost:  Free

The related exhibition Celebrating 50 Years of Working Together Saving Places is on display in the Culture Gallery of Cincinnati Museum Center through April 5, 2015.

Click here to register

Restoring Decorative Plaster Part Three of “Old House Interiors”

January 19th, 2015  |  Published in News

February 28, 9 am – noon

Presented by Ken Hughesof Decorative Restorations.

John Hauck House, 812 Dayton Street, West End

Decorative plaster cornices, medallions and crown moldings are an old house’s crowning glory. But too often these beautiful, intricate features are in need of repair or, worse, missing altogether. Restoration expert Ken Hughes will demonstrate how to repair decorative plaster and cast replacement parts using molds. Afterward, tour the Hauck House and see the restoration in progress. “Restoring Decorative Plaster” is the third in our popular “Old House Interiors” series. Look for more programs coming this fall.

Ken Hughes has over 20 years of experience in preservation. He is the owner of Decorative Restorations, a firm specializing in historically appropriate design and the restoration and repair of historic structures.

Free admission for CPA members and students, $15.00 guests. Reservations required: 513-721-4506 or Parking available in gravel lot behind house on Horace Alley.


Fall Forum Keynote Message Now Online

September 30th, 2014  |  Published in News

Annual Fall Forum Luncheon

Click here or the link below for the Fall Forum keynote talk by Donovan Rypkema



Thank you so much for attending Cincinnati Preservation’s 2014 Fall Forum Luncheon.  The turnout was amazing with more than 300  attending this year’s event.  Because of your support CPA can partner with organizations like PlaceEconomics and experts like Donovan Rypkema to continue CPA’s mission of preservation excellence.

 CPA would also like to thank Fall Forum chairperson Peg Valentine for her continued support of CPA.

 Fall Forum has become a widely anticipated civic event due to Mrs. Valentine’s thoughtful selection of topics and speakers.  This year’s version extended that trend and, with it’s focus on neighborhoods and the economics of preservation was a fitting way to celebrate our 50th anniversary.  It was inspiring to see the community of CPA in the room, thanks for being part of that.

 Cincinnati Edition’s WVXU interview with Donovan Rypkema , Kevin Wright of the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation and Paul Muller on Monday is available Here.

CPA’s 50th anniversary celebration continues with the exhibit“Celebrating 50 Years of Working Together Saving Places” at Cincinnati Museum Center  through April 5 and the Cincinnati Preservation Renaissance on November 8 at the newly restored Marriott Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown. We hope to see you at both!

CPA is grateful for all you do to support Cincinnati’s unique and brilliant preservation history and future.

 Relocal sponsors: Margaret Valentine, the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Jr. Haile / US Bank Foundation and the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing.

Fall Forum sponsors: 

Presenting Sponsor                       

HGC Construction, Inc.


Lisa Sauer & John Moeller

Margaret & Michael Valentine


A Friend of CPA

Jenni McCauley

Maribeth & Martin Rahe

Anthony Woodward


Mary & Tom Croft

Eagle Realty Group

Frost Brown Todd LLC

Funky’s Catering

glaserworks Architecture + Urban Design  (glaserworks is lower case)

The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. /U.S. Bank Foundation

Mellott & Mellott PLL

Muller Architects, Inc.

H. C. Buck Niehoff

Uptown Rental Properties LLC/North American Properties


1919 Investment Counsel

Architects Plus

Denis Back

J. Leland & Hazeleen Brewester

Kit & H. Richard Duval

Gallagher SKS

Tim Jeckerking Architects

Klosterman Baking Co.

Manley Burke, LPA


Urban Sites

U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve

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.