Mariemont Preservation Foundation

Cincinnati Preservation Association is excited to partner with Mariemont Preservation Foundation on the 28th annual Fall Forum.


The mission of the Mariemont Preservation Foundation founded in 1980 is to preserve, protect and promote the integrity and character of Mariemont. The Foundation’s goals include

  • Preserve & Protect
  • Promote, Advocate and Educate
  • Community Outreach

History of Mariemont
Mary Emery (seen above) was the initiator, benefactor and visionary who founded the Village of Mariemont in 1923. Appalled by the unsanitary housing conditions in downtown Cincinnati, she used her vast fortune to create a “national exemplar”, which would be planned in every detail to provide its residents with a high quality of life. Mrs. Emery and Charles Livingood, her business manager, hired John Nolen, an internationally known town planner. He developed the plan for the Village of Mariemont, which was named after Mary Emery’s summer home in Rhode Island. The result of Mary Emery’s amazing vision and John Nolen’s careful planning was a village with a real sense of community.




Explore MPF’s archives and learn about the rich history of Mariemont by perusing their collection of Fort Ancient artifacts, Mariemont photographs, history books and more.
They are open to the public on Saturdays from 9:00 to 12 noon at 3919 Plainville Rd.

Other hours by appointment.


“There’s not a lot of places like Mariemont. I grew up here, moved away, and ultimately came back to raise my family here. The generational sense of community, green spaces and walkability is hard to find anywhere else.”

– Paul Mace, President of MPF

Big Wins for MPF and Historic Preservation
  • On March 29, 2007, the entire Village of Mariemont obtained National Historic Landmark status with the National Park Service. Thanks to founding member of MPF, Millard F. Rogers Jr., for submitting the application found here.
  • On June 30, 2022, MPF accomplished the long-term goal of purchasing the Eliphalet Ferris House located at 3905 Plainville Rd in Mariemont (seen below). Built in 1802 with an addition in 1812 it is the oldest brick building in Hamilton County still standing at its original location. Mary Emery’s vision was to use the house as a Mariemont Museum, and MPF will realize this dream as part of their work in the future! The Ferris House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 29, 1975.
  • With a Tree City USA national recognition, Mariemont’s canopy is about 100 years old. Many of the original trees were purchased from George Washington’s Estate, Mount Vernon by John Nolan. MPF helps fund the trees in the village as an important aspect of the original urban plan.
  • MPF’s active educational programming partners with schools, visitors and local businesses to provide docent-led tours, community events and opportunities to learn about Mariemont’s earliest inhabitants including Late Fort Ancient Native Americans.     
Honored Traditions 
With over 15 parks spanning over 50 acres throughout the Village, public green space was intentionally designed by John Nolen over 100 years ago. Notably, the village’s Mary M. Emery Memorial Carillon is located in the 1929 Bell Tower at Dogwood Park. A carillon is a pitched percussion instrument that is played with a keyboard and consists of at least 23 bells that are cast in bronze, hung in fixed suspension, and tuned in chromatic order so that they can be sounded harmoniously together. It originally housed 23 bells but was expanded to 49 bells covering four octaves ranging in weight from 19 to 4800 pounds in 1969. Free carillon concerts can be heard every Sunday at 2 pm during the summer months where listeners can enjoy the internationally recognized qualities of this instrument which uses no electrical assistance or amplification!
100 Years
In 2023, the Village celebrated it’s centennial (having been founded on April 23, 1923) with special events, memorabilia and a list of capital improvement projects for park and statuary restoration, rehabilitation of the historic street lights and installation of an updated gateway signage package. Learn more here.
Get Involved
To learn more about the special history of one of our country’s first urban planned communities or to get involved, become a member of and connect with MPF here.
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