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Cincinnati Observatory

Cincinnati Observatory: the Birthplace of American Astronomy

by Maya Drozdzphotos by Warren Lemay   The Cincinnati Observatory is known as “The Birthplace of American Astronomy.”  It houses one of the oldest working telescopes in the world, was the first public observatory in the western hemisphere, and is now the oldest functioning observatory in the US. The main telescopes are an 11-inch Merz …

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As NKY’s Oldest City, Newport Has Rich Architectural Heritage and Treasures Abound

by Margo Warminski, CPA Preservation Director originally published in Northern Kentucky Tribune   Newport is the oldest of Northern Kentucky’s river cities, with a rich history of buildings, their owners, their designers and their occupants. For too long, this legacy was neglected, if not scorned, by investors who wanted to make a quick profit from …

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Pioneer Memorial Cemetery

Pioneer Memorial Cemetery: A Site of Intertwined Histories

text and photos by Maya Drozdz   Located on a small hill near Lunken Airport and maintained by the Cincinnati Parks Department, Pioneer Memorial Cemetery is the oldest graveyard in Hamilton County. It sits on a plot of land once occupied by Columbia Baptist Church, founded in 1790, just a few years after settlers landed …

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Historic Home and Underground Railroad Site Walking Tour of Ripley, OH

text and photos by Ripley Heritage, Inc. Originally published on RipleyOhio.net   Underground Railroad sites are indicated as UGRR A project of several years came to fruition in 1985 when Ripley’s historic district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The 55-acre historic district is believed to be the largest in Ohio for …

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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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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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