Architecture in Cincinnati
An Illustrated History of Designing and Building an American City

By Sue Ann Painter
Photography by Alice Weston

“Beautifully conceived and well produced, Architecture in Cincinnati is at once a coffee-table book and something more ambitious.”


“One challenging task for the writers was to identify patrons, planners, architects, engineers and artists involved in the process of executing plans for the city’s significant structures and it is this effort that sets this book apart from similar works.”

Traditional Building magazine

“A big, handsome, ambitious book.... Even for those familiar with the city’s architectural history, the approach here gives new insight to our surroundings.”

Cincinnati CityBeat

“I’ve been salivating at the thought of this fall’s release of Architecture in Cincinnati: An Illustrated History of Designing and Building an American City. It’s fascinating, and although packed with images, it goes far beyond coffee table eye candy by delving into the patrons, politicians, architects, engineers and planners who built the city.”

Cincinnati Enquirer

Cincinnati was the first “great” city founded after American independence, and its prodigious growth reflected the rise of the new nation. Its architecture is a testament to that growth and to the importance of the city itself.

Architecture in Cincinnati: An Illustrated History of Designing and Building an American City traces the city's development from the first town plans of the 1780s to the city that it is today, renowned for its dramatic architectural achievements. It is a fascinating story of patrons, politicians, architects, engineers, and planners building a city.

Bringing the city's rich architectural history to life in luminous color photographs by noted photographer Alice Weston, Architecture in Cincinnati captures the beauty of the Queen City and the spirit of individual buildings, bridges, and urban places. Supplemented by historical images and interesting sidebars, Architecture in Cincinnati is an informative and lavishly illustrated book that will inspire renewed pride of place in residents of the city. Nonresidents and students of architectural and urban history will enjoy this authoritative introduction to a remarkable—yet typical—American city.

Sue Ann Painter, a cultural and political historian, is director of the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati. Her historical publications have won local, state, and national awards. Her most recent book, William Henry Harrison: Father of the West, is the first in a series on Ohio Presidents.

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Retail price: $35.00, S.
Release date: Nov. 2006
368 pages · 9 × 12 in.
Rights: World


Retail price: $70.00, S.
Release date: Nov. 2006
367 pages · 9 × 12 in.
Rights: World

Additional Praise for Architecture in Cincinnati

“This valuable history will be of interest to public and academic libraries throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana; recommended.”

Library Journal

“An ambitious, groundbreaking look at mainly high-styled, architect-designed urban landmarks…crisply and capably synthesized and presented by lead author Sue Ann Painter…and enhanced by more than 300 color photographs blending interior and exterior views taken by Alice Weston, arguably the city’s premier architectural photographer.”

Ohioana Quarterly