Let the Stripper Do the Work: Restoring the Natural Beauty of Millwork

by Lauren Kitchen   Stripping woodwork was the last thing on my mind when we purchased the E. Cort Williams home in the Uplands Historic District in May of 2019. There were many other thoughts flowing through my head – the need for a kitchen worthy of the manor’s inherent beauty, updating the baths and …

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Preservation at Home: “History at the Forward Looking University”

https://youtu.be/AXFcNHfVNZE About the Talk   In 2019 UC celebrated its bicentennial. Students strolling around campus could hardly guess their school had such deep roots. A major reconstruction of the campus in the early 21st century has left the institution where “Next Lives” disconnected from its history, in both form and function. This talk explores how …

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The “Accidentally Wes Anderson” Photography of Brian Zehowski

by Maya Drozdzphotos by Brian Zehowski   Tell us a bit about yourself.I’m originally from Central Minnesota. I moved to the Cincinnati area in 2017 and live in Wyoming, OH.   What initially drew you to photograph architecture?I’ve been fascinated by architecture from a young age. As a child, I could never pay attention to …

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Spring in Our Steps: Improving and Promoting the Pedestrian Experience

by Christian Huelsman   MISSIONAbout ten years ago, I began to take greater notice of public corridors that were overgrown, poorly lighted, and trashed. I had to wonder who was charged with the upkeep of alleys and public stairways. When it was clearly evident that they had not been on the city service docket for …

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Mansion Hill — From Genteel Subdivision to Multiple-Units to Historic District

by Margo Warminski, CPA Preservation Directororiginally published in Northern Kentucky Tribune     Newport, Kentucky’s Mansion Hill is one of America’s great historic preservation success stories. And like many historic districts nationwide, its plot is familiar. From starting as a genteel subdivision to houses that have been subdivided into multiple units, and finally, to careful …

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Music Hall

Friends of Music Hall: Stewards of Cincinnati’s Iconic Performance Venue

by Rick Pender   The Friends of Music Hall began in 1987 with a different name. It was founded as the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, established to support the maintenance and improvement of Music Hall, Cincinnati’s iconic 1878 performance venue designed by renowned architect Samuel Hannaford. Over the years, the hall has …

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