Tuesday, March 3, 2009

2009 Cincinnati March(itecture) Madness

Play-in Nominations

This year I am taking nominations for the play-in game and the building or structure to get the most nominations or mentions from readers will join the field of 32. Last year I had people vote on a few choices but I can’t decide which buildings to include so I am opening it up to you! There will be no voting but the building to get mentioned the most (and maybe with some consideration by me for tie-breaks, etc.) will be in.

Please comment on this post or any subsequent post from now until 9:00 PM on Friday when nominations will close to vote for your favorite not currently in the field. You can also email me at queencitysurvey@gmail.com. The top two will go on to play in the field of 32 beginning March 8.

I have compiled a list of suggestions to help get you thinking. These include the ten buildings and structures from 2008 that did not make the current field:

Showboat Majestic
Last year’s 6th Seed – East Region
Stats:
Location: Cincinnati Public Landing, Downtown
Completed: 1923
Architect: Unknown
A National Historic Landmark

One of only two remaining showboats in the United States

St. Peter-in-Chains Cathedral
Last year’s 7th Seed – East Region
Stats:
Location: 325 West 8th Street, Downtown
Completed: 1845
Architect: Henry Walter
Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places

One of the finest Greek Revival churches in the United States.

Ingalls Building
Last year’s 13th Seed – East Region
Stats:
Location: 6 East 4th Street, Downtown
Completed: 1903
Architect: Elzner & Anderson
Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The world’s first reinforced concrete skyscraper

Lombardy Building
Last year’s 16th Seed– East Region
Stats:
Location: 318 – 326 West 4th Street, Downtown
Completed: 1881
Architect: Samuel Hannaford
Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the West Fourth Street Historic District
The first apartment building in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Zoo Historic Structures
Last year’s 4th Seed – West Region
Stats:
Location: 3400 Vine Street, Avondale
Opened: 1875
Architect: James McLaughlin - Reptile House & Aviary (1875); Elzner & Anderson - Elephant House (1906)
A National Historic Landmark

2nd oldest zoo in the United States and with some of the oldest animal structures still remaining.

Alphonso Taft Home
Last year’s 5th Seed – West Region
Stats:
Location: 2038 Auburn Avenue, Mt. Auburn
Completed: c. 1840
Architect: Unknown
A National Historic Landmark

Birthplace and boyhood home of President William Howard Taft

George Hunt Pendleton House
Last year’s 6th Seed – West Region
Stats:
Location: 559 Liberty Hill, Prospect Hill
Completed: 1870
Architect: Unknown
A National Historic Landmark

The home of a lawyer, U.S. Senator, and Presidential candidate who helped create the Civil Service.

Phoenix Club
Last year’s 12th Seed – West Region
Stats:
Location: 812 Race Street, Downtown
Completed: 1894
Architect: Samuel Hannaford
Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places

One of the finest 2nd Renaissance Revival style buildings in the Cincinnati with elaborate terra cotta detailing.

Findlay Market
Last year’s 14th Seed – West Region
Stats:
Location: 1801 Race Street, Over the Rhine
Completed: 1855
Architect: Alfred West Gilbert
Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located in the Over the Rhine Historic District.

Ohio’s oldest municipal market house and Cincinnati’s only remaining example.

"Woodburn" John S. Baker House
Last year’s 16th Seed – West Region
Stats:
Location: 1887 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills
Completed: 1854
Architect: James Keys Wilson
Located in the East Walnut Hills Local Historic District
"The finest early Gothic Revival house in the Cincinnati area." - Great Houses of the Queen City.

And now here are three others that you might want to consider . . .

Cincinnati Athletic Club
Stats:
Location: 111 Shillito Place, Downtown
Completed: 1903
Architect: Warner & Adkins
A Local Historic Landmark and located in the Race Street Historic District.

One of the finest and truest 2nd Renaissance Revival buildings in the City.

Shillito Place
Stats:
Location: 7th & Race Streets, Downtown
Completed: 1878
Architect: James McLaughlin
Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located in the Race Street Historic District.

Modeled after le Bon Marche in Paris, it was considered the largest department store in the United States when built and is a predecessor of the large department stores of Chicago.

Ida Street Bridge
Stats:
Location: Ida Street, Mt. Adams
Completed: 1931
Architect: J. R. Biedlinger
Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places

An Art Deco civil engineering landmark when it was completed.

OK, so get your nominations in. The first four games of 2009 Cincinnati March(itecture) Madness will be played beginning March 8 and voting for a favorite in those games will end at 9:00 PM on March 10. This process will continue through the month of March until a sole winner is crowned on April 6 . . . which just happens to coincide with the NCAA National Championship Game.

For the 2009 Cincinnati March(itecture) Madness Tournament Bracket, click here.
Note: Click the individual games for game details!

2 comments:

gerard said...

My vote is for Shilito's and the Ida Street Bridge.

I didn't know that about Shilito's. And I'm voting for the Ida St. Bridge just to have a bridge in this.

BS said...

I've always like the George Hunt Pendleton House. Did have any idea about it's history.