The Surprising Architecture of Henry E. Siter

Anne Steinert’s presentation on Henry E. Siter from Tuesday, September 1, 2020 is now available online below. 

About the Talk:

Practicing in Cincinnati in the last two decades of the nineteenth century, architect Henry E. Siter designed innovative and well-loved buildings all over town. Yet today his contributions to Cincinnati’s architectural legacy are largely forgotten. Best known for his heavy red-brick public school buildings including Columbian in Avondale, Mount Adams, Lincoln in Mount Lookout, Fairview, and Whittier in Price Hill, he also designed banks, hotels, and churches, and the 1888 exhibition buildings in Washington Park.

This talk explored Siter’s architectural legacy, complicated personal life, and the preservation and reuse of some of his most famous works. 

About our Guest Speaker: Anne Delano Steinert is a preservationist, historian, and educator with two decades of experience in using the built environment as a tool for understanding the past. She was the founding board chair of the Over-the-Rhine Museum and the curator of the recent Look Here! (2015), Schools for the City (2016) and Finding Kenyon Barr (2017) exhibitions. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the history department at the University of Cincinnati where she recently completed her PhD in urban history. She was born and raised in Cincinnati as has had an interest in the buildings of H.E. Siter since childhood.