Author: Beth Johnson

Swifton Center to Artisan Village: The Past and Future of Cincinnati Malls Lecture on October 22nd

Ohio’s first auto-oriented (strip) mall, Greenhills Center, was built in 1938 as part of the federal government’s New Deal greenbelt towns project. In 1951, work began on the city’s first modern-style shopping mall, the open air Swifton Center in Bond Hill. The region’s first enclosed shopping center, Kenwood Mall, was built in 1966. Two years later, an open-air mall previously built in 1960 in Springdale was enclosed to create Tri-County Mall. The fascinating stories of these community destinations continue to evolve today.

We will discuss the history and context of 20th century suburban development and commerce in Cincinnati and the need to preserve the cultural importance of these uniquely modern social gathering places. And we will hear about exciting plans for the adaptive use and reinvention of shopping malls as sustainable communities of the future.


  • Beth Johnson, Executive Director of Cincinnati Preservation Association
  • David G. Wallace, CEO of DGW Consultants

Saturday October 22, 2022 at Cohatch Kenwood, 7875 Montgomery Rd Suite 42, Cincinnati, OH 45236

  • 10:00am – Refreshments
  • 10:30am – Presentations
  • 11:45am – Q&A

Presented by Cincinnati Form Follows Function (CF3) in collaboration with Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) and with support from COhatch Kenwood, AIA Cincinnati and APA Cincinnati.

Advance registration required

Free and open to the public

For more information, contact CF3 at

This event is part of Docomomo US Tour Day 2022

CPA welcomes Lindsey Armor as our new Engagement and Development Director

Cincinnati Preservation Association is pleased to welcome Lindsey Armor  as the new CPA Engagement and Development Director. Armor joins CPA from the Cincinnati Waldorf School where she worked for as the Development Director.

“I am thrilled to join CPA as Engagement and Development Director, and I greatly look forward to getting to know and learning from all the members, donors, and volunteers who have built an incredibly valuable organization! Cincinnati is lucky to have such a cherished legacy for preservation, and I am eager to contribute and build on the incredible foundation that’s been laid.”

Lindsey has been dedicated to community building and placemaking in Cincinnati since 2003. Her career began in the art community serving both large scale and grassroots organizations where she focused on bringing creatives and audiences together in meaningful and memorable ways. With a BFA in Theatre & Dance from NKU, she is the co-founder of Pones Inc, a non-profit performance art collective dedicated to art for social change. After retiring from performance, Lindsey studied yoga, mediation, and integrative nutrition and soon began organizing accessible opportunities for communities to connect through health and mindfulness. She is also the co-founder of SPARK, which provides technology free experiences for human connection, and most recently, she served as Development Director at Cincinnati Waldorf School.

While new to the preservation community, Lindsey understands historic homes as she currently lives in an 84 year old home in Cincinnati with her husband and daughter.

Executive Director, Beth Johnson, stated “Lindsey has been a one woman show doing event planning, development, and communications at the Waldorf School and CPA is excited to have her level of expertise and talent joining our team.”

When not working, Lindsey enjoys camping, dancing, and cooking with her family. 

Ms. Armor starts with CPA on September 12th.

Preservation in the Park

Join Cincinnati Preservation Association at the Porch in Washington Park to hear about the stories that the historic buildings of Cincinnati tell in our new series called Preservation in the Park.

Grab a drink from the bar, sit back and let us tell you a story. 

First Tuesday of the month at 7pm on the Porch at 1230 Elm Street 

à     August 2, 2022- “The Little Theater That Saved Memorial Hall” by William Bauman

à     September 6, 2022- “Cincinnati Music Hall: Why Details Matter” by Thea Tjepkema

à     October 4, 2022- “Findlay Market: 170 Years” by Corporation for Findlay Market


             Presented by Cincinnati Preservation Association

              Sponsored by 3CDC


Donate to Save First Lutheran Church Bell Tower

We are now at a point where we are confident that we can save the Bell Tower if we can demonstrate that pledges can be converted quickly into donations. With that in mind, we ask that you please convert your pledge into a donation to Cincinnati Preservation Association. We also welcome donations outside of previously pledged commitments.

This is a time sensitive request. Thank you so much for your unwavering belief in this project and, of course, for your financial support!!

Preservation Revolving Fund Team Visit

Thanks to all the groups and individuals who helped make the Revolving Fund Site Visit a success.  We are working on the report and will have more about this new preservation tool soon.

Since its founding in 1964 the Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) has been active in the areas of education, advocacy and technical support for the public.  Throughout that time there have been a number of occasions where CPA has provided funding or taken direct action to saved historic structures, neighborhoods and sites.  The organization is seeking to expand its impact by making direct support of rehabilitation an ongoing component of CPA’s work.   The objective of this Revolving Fund Site Visit and Assessment is to provide advice on the most effective operational structure and focus for a revolving fund.

This opportunity to expand the scope of CPA activities is possible because of the preservation successes Cincinnati has experienced in recent years.  Rehabilitation work by many organizations and individuals has transformed the city and in the process transformed the public’s attitude toward our historic buildings.   Over-the-Rhine, a 360 acre National Register Historic District is undergoing revitalization on an unprecedented scale, two National Historic Landmark icons, Union Terminal and Music Hall, are being renovated with strong public support, and historic neighborhoods are now an attractive choice for residents and newcomers.

As extensive as the rehabilitation has been, it has only touched a small proportion of Cincinnati’s historic fabric.  CPA seeks to build upon the public’s emerging enthusiasm for historic buildings and neighborhoods to create a fund that will extend the benefits of revitalization to more locations within the city.

CPA was awarded a grant from The 1772 Foundation to fund an assessment of the current opportunities for RF program and make recommendations for project types or target neighborhoods the RF could most effectively address.  Our visiting team included

 Kathy Kottaridis of Historic Boston, Inc., Clark Schoettle of the Providence Revolving Fund and J. Myrick Howard of Preservation North Carolina.

Revolving fund visit-3

Cincinnati Preservation Collective shared their Focus Buildings list and OTR Adopt outlined their work to take on the buildings in need of new owners.

Revolving fund visit-1

Community Development Corporations identified the type of projects which might benefit from a preservation revolving fund.

The visiting team at work on their recommendations

The visiting team at work on their recommendations

Public presentation of the recommendations at Memorial Hall

Public presentation of the recommendations at Memorial Hall

Dennison Hotel

DSC_0044Update:  The demolition of of the Dennison began in March of 2017.  It is a tradgy to lose this important building at a time when so many of our historic buildings are being renovated.  Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) and Cincinnati Preservation Collective CPC) are grateful for the widespread support for our efforts to save the Dennison.    Councilmember Seelbach’s landmark application was a welcome attempt to bring a higher level of protection.

CPA and CPC worked together to save the Dennison by supporting the city regulatory process and by bringing highly qualified developers to the owners for purchase or land lease of the property.  The project was reviewed by many experienced developers.  Their overwhelming opinion was that the building could have been successfully redeveloped as apartments.  The parking lot site is already large enough to construct any development that might be possible.   Preserving important historic buildings has been very good for Cincinnati.  The Dennison can add to the revitalization that is underway.

We urged the owners to delay demolition for three months.  During this time we would request access to the buildings for developers to create development plans and offers to purchase the building or enter into a ground lease.  We believe this approach provides the most benefit to the owners and to the community at large.  Unfortunately this request was not accepted.

The Dennison was a key part of an intact Main Street District

The Dennison was a key part of an intact Main Street District

​Cincinnati Preservation Association           Cincinnati Preservation Collective

posted:  January 1/13/2017