Preservation in the Park

The Porch in Washington Park
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Third Tuesday of the Month May through October at 5:30 p.m.

No reservation required.



Join Cincinnati Preservation Association 

to hear about the stories that the historic sites and structures of Cincinnati tell. Grab a drink from the bar, sit back and let us tell you a story…

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2024 Season Lineup

Exploring Civic Architecture

This season Preservation in the Park will delve into the stories of civic buildings, architecture and history. Come learn about how these spaces that were designed to serve the public have shaped our city and region.


City Beautiful Movement

Tuesday, May 21st 5:30 p.m.

by Beth Johnson, CPA Executive Director


The City Beautiful Movement emerged at the turn of the century focusing on the aesthetics of a city. This month’s talk will explain how this movement influenced our civic aesthetics and helped frame how our public buildings, parks, and boulevards were designed.


Southgate Street School

Tuesday, June 18th 5:30 p.m.

by Scott Clark, City of Newport Historic Preservation Officer


The City of Newport is exemplifying stewardship of this important African American School through its reuse. Come hear about this plus the new book, The Legacy of Southgate Street School, that was created in partnership with NKU. Learn more about the Southgate Street School here.


Spring Grove Cemetery

Tuesday, July 16th 5:30 p.m.

by Amanda Frietsch, Spring Grove Cemetary Docent 


Spring Grove Cemetery beautifully expresses a lawn plan cemetery design that integrates natural landscape with classical architecture. Get to know more about this local iconic site, and read about Spring Grove Cemetery’s history here.


Cincinnati Public School Architecture

Tuesday, August 20th 5:30 p.m.

by Anne Delano Steinhert, Visiting Assistant Professor & Director, Center for the City, Department of History, College of Art and Sciences


Cincinnati historic public schools are architectural icons dotted throughout the city and were shaped over time by architectural and educational movements. Explore them with an educator, historian and director of the Center for the City at this month’s talk.


Cincinnati Police Stations

Tuesday, September 17th 5:30 p.m.

by Alan March, Historian, Retired Cincinnati Police Officer, and Author of Cincinnati Police Stations, a Brief Illustrated History


A vast number and variety of buildings have served the Cincinnati Police Department. The variety of station houses are tangible testaments to the city’s commitment to public safety. Learn about them and their role in our collective history.


Fire Museum – Cincinnati First Fire

Tuesday, October 15th 5:30 p.m.

by Sarah Strickland, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Fire Museum


In 1853, the first paid professional fire department in the United States was founded in Cincinnati and it changed American firefighting forever. Hear the history at the final talk of the season.

Past Seasons


Mandy Askins and Kelsey Stryffe, Cincinnati Observatory


Dr. Eric Jackson, NKU History Department

A history of African Americans in OTR


Bill Parrish, Eckstein Cultural Arts Center

Eckstein School


Mike Morgan, Potters Field of Price Hill


Christian Huelsman, Spring in Our Steps


Dr. Bonnie Meyer, NKY Pride Center







“The Little Theater That Saved Memorial Hall”
by William Bauman


“Cincinnati Music Hall: Why Details Matter”
by Thea Tjepkema


“Findlay Market” by Anne Delano Steinert

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