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 info@cf3.org

This event is part of Docomomo US Tour Day 2022

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