Tour of Cincinnati's Modern Architecture (Self Guided), Cincinnati

Cincinnati was founded in 1788 and is home to a number of fine examples of 19th-century Italianate architecture. In addition to its gorgeous historic buildings, the city boasts many fascinating modern structures. On this tour you will visit many of Cincinnati's architectural gems, including Fountain Square, Fifth Third Center, Scripps Center and more.
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Tour of Cincinnati's Modern Architecture Map

Guide Name: Tour of Cincinnati's Modern Architecture
Guide Location: USA » Cincinnati (See other walking tours in Cincinnati)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Author: Eveline
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Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel

1) Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel first opened in 1931. The building is a masterpiece of French Art Deco architecture. It is currently a member of the Historic Hotels of America. Be sure to take in the amazing view of the city from the top of the hotel.
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Carew Tower

2) Carew Tower (must see)

Carew Tower is the second tallest building in Cincinnati. Completed in 1930, it stands 49 stories tall in the heart of downtown, overlooking the Ohio River waterfront, and is a National Historic Landmark. It contains the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. The hotel is described as "one of the world's finest examples of French Art Deco architecture" and was used as the model for the Empire State Building in New York City. Prior to the Great American Insurance Building, Carew Tower gave Cincinnati the distinction of having an American city's tallest building, constructed pre-World War II. It is named for Joseph T. Carew, proprietor of the Mabley & Carew department store chain, which had previously operated on the site since 1877.

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Fifth Third Center

3) Fifth Third Center

Built in 1969, Fifth Third Tower was the first building in Cincinnati to be designed in the International architectural style. Today, it is the tallest building on Fountain Square. The west side of the skyscraper facing Fountain Square houses gift shops, restaurants, and more.
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PNC Tower

4) PNC Tower

The 4th & Vine Tower (formerly known as the Central Trust Bank Building) is a 495 foot (151 meter) tall building in downtown Cincinnati. It stands 31 stories tall, overlooking the Ohio River waterfront. It is easily one of the most recognizable buildings in the city's skyline, owing to the elaborate Hellenic architecture in the upper portion of the tower, which was modeled to resemble reconstructions of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.

When construction of the Cass Gilbert-designed building was completed in 1913, the PNC Tower was the fifth-tallest building in the world and the 2nd tallest building outside of New York City. The building opened May 1 with final construction costs of approximately $3 million. It remained the tallest building in Cincinnati until 1931, when construction on the Carew Tower was completed.

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Fourth and Race Tower

5) Fourth and Race Tower

Fourth and Race Tower houses the Federal Reserve Bank of Cincinnati. The skyscraper was built in the Neo-Classical style in 1927. This beautiful structure attracts many visitors, although it is currently under reconstruction.
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Cincinnati Enquirer Building

6) Cincinnati Enquirer Building

The Cincinnati Enquirer Building is the former headquarters building for The Cincinnati Enquirer. Located on Vine Street in downtown Cincinnati the Enquirer Building was designed by the firm of Lockwood Greene and Company and completed in 1926. Construction of the building began in 1916, and minor details were only finished in 1928. It occupied the location of a previous Enquirer property; the newspaper had been published from premises on the same site since 1866.

Built primarily of limestone, and measuring fourteen stories tall, the Enquirer Building was built to house both commercial offices and publishing facilities. Lockwood Greene's architects designed the building in a mixture of architectural styles; among its most distinctive features include the first-floor storefronts, the recessed central main entrance, and marble stonework with a Christmas tree with bronze details.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, due to its place in local history and due to its historically significant architecture.

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Scripps Center

7) Scripps Center

The Scripps Center is a 35-story office building in downtown Cincinnati. Completed in 1990, the building is located just off the riverfront at 312 Walnut Street. Home to a number of different companies, the skyscraper overlooks the Ohio River, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Great American Ball Park. The E.W. Scripps Company, a media conglomerate, owns the building and an assortment of television channels, both on cable and local networks, as well as many newspapers.

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Walking Tours in Cincinnati, Ohio

Create Your Own Walk in Cincinnati

Create Your Own Walk in Cincinnati

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cincinnati is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Cincinnati's Landmarks

Tour of Cincinnati's Landmarks

Cincinnati has a long history as a prosperous commercial center. Today, the city is home to a variety of historic buildings, including German homes, French cathedrals and remarkable 19th-century mansions. Visit such notable landmarks as Fountain Square, St. Paul Church and Elsinore Arch. Take this tour to better appreciate Cincinnati's beauty.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 Km or 3.9 Miles
Tour of Cincinnati's Religious Sites

Tour of Cincinnati's Religious Sites

Cincinnati is known as "The Paris of America" due to the architectural and historical significance of many of its parishes. Cincinnati possesses some fine examples of churches built after World War II. Take a couple of hours on this tour to discover the beauty of Cincinnati's churches and cathedrals.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Family Tour of Cincinnati's Eden Park

Family Tour of Cincinnati's Eden Park

Eden Park is undoubtedly the most popular park in Cincinnati. This large outdoor area blends culture, history and architecture in one stunning location. Eden Park is home to a number of famous city landmarks, including the Cincinnati Art Museum, Park Water Tower, Krohn Conservatory and more. Take your family on this tour to experience the most beautiful park in Cincinnati.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Tour of Cincinnati's Museums and Galleries

Tour of Cincinnati's Museums and Galleries

The museums of Cincinnati are among the best in the region. You can even visit four museums in one at the Cincinnati Museum Center located at Union Terminal. Take this tour to explore Cincinnati's valuable historic and modern treasures.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 Km or 4.7 Miles
Tour of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine District

Tour of Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine District

Over-the-Rhine, which comprises the north downtown area of Cincinnati, is one of the largest historic districts registered with the National Register of Historic Places. The area is well known for its 19th-century Italianate architecture. Over the years, it has remained the heart of the city's German-American community. Take this tour to explore one of Cincinnati's most fascinating...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Cultural Tour of Cincinnati

Cultural Tour of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, with a population of approximately a million, is a culturally diverse city. Cincinnati boasts museums and theaters, including the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Aronoff Center and more. For those who love art, theater and history, this tour will help you discover Cincinnati's cultural gems.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles