For years, the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati organized volunteer-led walking tours, which could be a headache. Executive director Stephen Sendelbeck realized an app could do the heavy lifting, and ArchiTour Cincinnati was born. You tap a dot on the maps; the building’s bio and photos pop up. Pick a tour, any tour.
It’s the beautiful (Textile Building), the dated (looking at you, Formica Building), and the…tiara-inspired (we are not on board). These streets are packed with significant buildings—and oddities, like the Albee Theater arch on the Convention Center.
Did you know the Phoenix was originally an athletic club, a house on Ninth is one of the city’s oldest standing residences, and the 580 Building was built to adjoin the skywalks, not the street? You do now. Plus: scope out a whole lot of Hannaford.
The most pleasant tour in February? One that doesn’t require you to actually be outside. (To be fair: this app is a perfectly pleasant diversion wherever you are.) Snake from Second Street up past Findlay Market for a thorough basin cross-section.
Take a walk in the parks while you learn who designed them, what the deal is with the Showboat Majestic hanging out at the public landing, and how the Serpentine Wall brought the public to the Ohio long before riverfront redevelopment was our thing.
Call it the greatest hits album: Union Terminal, Findlay Market, Roebling Bridge, Dixie Terminal, Contemporary Arts Center, Carew Tower…. Take out-of-town friends, and a drink afterward at the Orchids at Palm Court bar seems apropos, no?