Hillside Suburb of Newport, Clifton, Agreed to Be Annexed in 1935, in Great Depression

by Margo Warminski, CPA Preservation Directororiginally published in Northern Kentucky Tribune   “In the late 19th Century, improvements in transportation made it more practical to develop the hillsides. It was at this time that the city of Clifton, a hillside suburb of Newport, was developed. Clifton was incorporated in 1888 by developers who chose the …

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United States Playing Card Draws a Losing Hand

by Margo Warminskiphotos by Adam Nelsonvideo by Jeremy Loukinas   The iconic former United States Playing Card factory on Beech Ave. in Norwood is facing demolition. The Norwood city administration had hoped to find a developer to renovate at least part of the complex, but was unsuccessful.   The company that became United States Playing …

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The Belvedere: Grand Luxury in North Avondale

by Deb Del Valle The Belvedere was one of the first luxury apartment buildings built in Cincinnati. This Second Renaissance Revival high rise was constructed in North Avondale in 1926. The building was marketed to affluent residents, and the accommodations included separate servants’ quarters. The Belvedere was converted into condominiums in the 1980s.   The …

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Mapping Cholera in 1849: John Lea and Henry Boyd in Cincinnati ​

by Paul Muller, CPA Executive Director This is a story about John Lea, a Cincinnati notary and amateur geologist, who was obsessed with finding the cause of Choler, and about Henry Boyd, a highly successful Cincinnati furniture maker and former enslaved Kentuckian.  In 1832 Henry Boyd, determined that water was the source of cholera transmission. …

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