Main Street, Over the Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio, East Side

The built environment on Main Street through Over the Rhine in Cincinnati is just about perfectly preserved, with few building losses.

We’ll look at the east side of the street first. Despite being “Main Street,” it’s a surprisingly narrow thoroughfare, allowing for relatively slow traffic speeds and easy pedestrian crossing.

The street has one of the best preserved streetscapes of Italianate facades outside of New York City, as well.

Some of the buildings are even earlier, I suspect, and have inklings of the Greek Revival, with simple lintels and cornices.

Then there’s this interesting building, which looks to date to around the turn of the Twentieth Century, with two flanking bay windows.

I suspect these buildings were not originally painted, and the bare brick is probably the ideal appearance for these structures.

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