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Local Historic Landmark is a designation of the Cincinnati City Council for historic buildings and other sites in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. Many of these landmarks are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, providing federal tax support for preservation, and some are further designated National Historic Landmarks, providing additional federal oversight.


The Cincinnati City Council's Historic Conservation Board decides a building's historic significance. The structure must have at least one of the following attributes, as stated in the Cincinnati Municipal Code:

  • Association with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; or
  • Association with the lives of persons significant in our past; or
  • Embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, method of construction or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or
  • That has yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important in prehistory or history.

Structures that would not be given landmark designations, as stated in the Cincinnati Municipal Code, include:

  • A cemetery, birthplace, grave of a historical figure or a property owned by religious institutions or used for religious purposes, unless it is a religious property deriving primary significance from architectural or artistic distinction or historical importance; or
  • A structure that has been moved from its original location, is a reconstructed historic structure, is a property primarily commemorative in nature or a property that has been erected within the past 50 years, unless the structure or property is an integral part of a district that meets the above criteria or falls within one or more of the following categories:
  • A structure removed from its original location but that is significant primarily for architectural value or that is the surviving structure most importantly associated with a historic person or event; or
  • A birthplace or grave of a historical figure of outstanding importance if there is no other appropriate site or structure directly associated with the subject's productive life; or
  • A cemetery that derives its primary significance from graves of persons of transcendent importance, from age, from distinctive design features, or from association with historic events; or
  • A reconstructed structure when accurately executed in a suitable environment and presented in a dignified manner as part of a restoration master plan and when no other structure with the same association has survived; or
  • A property primarily commemorative in intent if design, age, tradition or symbolic value has invested it with its own historical significance; or
  • A property achieving significance within the past 50 years if it is of exceptional importance or is unique within the city.

Application process

Historic districts, landmarks, and sites require filing of a designation application. This must be filed by the property owner or owner of a property in the area to be designated, or by the city council or its members, by the city council, city manager, city Urban Conservator, City Planning Commission, or by local perservation societies and community councils. After filing an application and during its nomination process, the site may not be demolished or evacuated.

Within 60 days of receiving the designation application, the city's Urban Conservator prepares and sends a report and guidelines for conservation to the city council's Historic Conservation Board. For historic districts, the Urban Conservator also sends a proposed boundary map, a list of all included structures, and a list of non-contributing structures.

The Historic Conservation Board schedules a public hearing to consider the landmark within 30 days of receiving the report and proposed guidelines. After the hearing, the board decides whether or not to recommend the designation, and forwards the decision and materials to the City Planning Commission. Within 30 days of the recommendation, the planning commission holds a public hearing to determine whether to follow the conservation board's recommendation. Afterward, the planning commission likewise forwards its decision and materials to the city council, which votes to ordain or overrule the planning commission's decision. If the planning commission approves of the designation, only a simple majority vote in the council is needed. However, if the planning commission does not approve of the designation, two-thirds of the council would need to vote in overruling the planning commission.

List of landmarks

For consistency, the list below uses the name from the City of Cincinnati website.

Individual landmarks

Local Historic Landmark Image Location Neighborhood Ordinance Designation date Construction date or period NRHP date NHL date
American Can Company
American Can Company
4101 Spring Grove Ave. Northside 0309-2007 August 1, 2007 1921 October 17, 2007 N/A
Baldwin Piano Building
Baldwin Piano Building
655 Eden Park Dr. Walnut Hills 0028-2015 February 11, 2015 1921 February 23, 2016 N/A
Benn Pitman House
Benn Pitman House
1852 Columbia Pkwy. East Walnut Hills 0202-1974 May 15, 1974 July 7, 1969 N/A
Brunswick Balke Collender Building
Brunswick Balke Collender
130-132 E 6th St. CBD/Downtown 0257-2016 May 29, 2016 January 24, 2017 N/A
Carthage Flagpole
Carthage Flagpole
7011 Vine St. Carthage N/A May 12, 1982 N/A N/A
Cincinnati Athletic Club Building
Cincinnati Athletic Club
111 Shillito Pl. CBD/Downtown 0248-1985 May 30, 1985 February 17, 1983 N/A
Cincinnati Bell Building
Cincinnati Bell
209 W 7th St. CBD/Downtown/West End 0452-1985 September 18, 1985 April 20, 1995 N/A
Cincinnati City Hall
Cincinnati City Hall
801 Plum St. CBD/Downtown 0199-1974 May 28, 1974 December 11, 1972 N/A
Cincinnati Union Terminal
Cincinnati Union Terminal
1301 Western Ave. Queensgate 0079-1974 March 6, 1974 1933 October 31, 1972 May 5, 1977
Citadel Building
114-116 E 8th St. CBD/Downtown 0452-1985 September 18, 1985 N/A N/A
Court Street Fire Station
315 W Court St. CBD/Downtown 0452-1985 September 18, 1985 N/A
Covenant-First Presbyterian Church
717 Elm St. CBD/Downtown 0249-1975 May 14, 1975 January 29, 1973 N/A
Cuvier Press Club
22 Garfield Pl. CBD/Downtown 0216-1973 May 16, 1973 October 26, 1972 N/A
Doctor's Building
19 Garfield Pl. CBD/Downtown 0452-1985 September 18, 1985 December 4, 1986 N/A
Duttenhofer Building
299 E 6th St. CBD/Downtown 0021-2016 January 27, 2016 December 26, 2017 N/A
Farmers Hotel
4000 Colerain Ave. Northside 0260-2013 August 7, 2013 N/A N/A
First National Bank Building
105 E Fourth St. CBD/Downtown 0134-2016 May 2, 2016 January 24, 2017 N/A
George Pendleton House
559 Liberty Hill Mount Auburn 0201-1974 May 15, 1974 October 15, 1966 January 29, 1964
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
2950 Gilbert Ave. Walnut Hills 0200-1974 May 15, 1974 November 10, 1970 N/A
Henry Probasco House
430 W Cliff Ln. Clifton 0215-1973 May 16, 1973 November 9, 1972 N/A
Holy Cross Monastery
1055 St. Paul Pl. Mount Adams 0443-1981 October 14, 1981 September 13, 1978 N/A
House of Adam
620-622 Vine St. CBD/Downtown 0314-2016 September 28, 2016 N/A N/A
King Records
1540 Brewster Ave. Evanston 0319-2015 October 7, 2015 N/A N/A
Kinsey Apartment Building
2415 Maplewood Rd. Mount Auburn 0066-2013 March 27, 2013 N/A N/A
Kirby Road School
1710 Bruce Ave. Northside 0044-2013 April 10, 2013 September 3, 2013 N/A
Krippendorf-Dittman Building
628 Sycamore St. CBD/Downtown 0452-1985 September 18, 1985 March 3, 1980 N/A
Laurel Court
5870 Belmont Ave. College Hill 0199-1979 May 16, 1979 November 29, 1979 N/A
Masonic Temple
3301 Price Ave. East Price Hill 0257-2013 July 11, 2013 N/A
Moore-Knight House 716 Mt. Hope Ave. East Price Hill 0308-1994 August 3, 1994 N/A N/A
Music Hall
1243 Elm St. Over-the-Rhine 0214-1973 May 29, 1973 1878 January 26, 1970 December 2, 1974
Plum Street Temple
720 Plum St. CBD/Downtown/West End 0250-1975 May 14, 1975 December 27, 1972 May 15, 1975
Provident Bank Building
632 Vine St. CBD/Downtown 0452-1985 September 18, 1985 September 6, 2018 N/A
Reakirt Building
126-128 E 6th St. CBD/Downtown/West End 0256-2016 June 29, 2016 January 24, 2017 N/A
Riverview Playground Entrance
900 Adams Crossing East End 0452-1985 September 18, 1985 N/A N/A
Sayler Park Indian Statue Gracely Dr. and Thornton Ave. Sayler Park N/A N/A N/A N/A
St. Louis Church
29 E 8th St. CBD/Downtown 0452-1985 September 18, 1985 N/A N/A
St. Francis Desales Church
1600 Madison Rd. East Walnut Hills 0221-1983 May 18, 1983 March 1, 1974 N/A
St. Francis Xavier Church
607 Sycamore St. CBD/Downtown 0249-1985 May 30, 1985 July 18, 1980 N/A
St. Peter-in-Chains Cathedral
325 W 8th St. CBD/Downtown/West End 0251-1975 May 14, 1975 January 18, 1973 N/A
Traction Building
432 Walnut St. CBD/Downtown 0302-2016 September 14, 2016 July 3, 2017 N/A
Tyler-Davidson Fountain
Vine St. and E 5th St. CBD/Downtown 0452-1985 September 18, 1985 October 11, 1979 N/A
Underwriter's Salvage Corps
110-112 E. 8th St. CBD/Downtown 0452-1985 September 18, 1985 July 15, 1982 N/A
Union Central Life Annex Building
309 Vine St. CBD/Downtown 0029-2015 February 11, 2015 N/A N/A
Williams YMCA
1228 E McMillan St. Walnut Hills/East Walnut Hills 0252-2016 May 29, 2016 N/A N/A
Windsor School
937 Windsor St. Walnut Hills 0045-2014 March 26, 2014 N/A N/A
140 W 9th St. CBD/Downtown 0452-1985 September 18, 1985 N/A N/A

Historic Districts

For consistency, the list below uses the name from the City of Cincinnati website:

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