Michelle Zenz, IIDA Manager of Communications and Governance, comes from the Buckeye State, and is our next staff contributor to the best and worst hometown design. Yesterday we started off with the best, so let’s go ahead and get the bad out of the way today.
Featured above is the Eiffel Tower at Kings Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati, Ohio (as featured in the Partridge Family and the Brady Bunch in 1972 and 1973, respectively). The sea foam green color, as well as the lack luster design is why Michelle decided to place it in the worst category.
Now onto the best! I have to say Michelle’s best choice is far and away one of my favorites, as well.
Cincinnati Union Terminal was once home to bustling travelers most notably during World War II. The Art Deco design was not only en vogue back then but now, as well, as it has become a national landmark. It took seven railroads to build the original structure in 1933, and saw its last passenger in 1973. The cartoon below, I feel, represents many people’s sentiments in regards to its closing.
There is a happy ending to this story as told by the library of Cincinnati: In November 1990, Cincinnati Union Terminal reopened as the Cincinnati Museum Center, an educational and cultural complex featuring the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, the Cincinnati Historical Society Museum and Library, and the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater. On July 29, 1991, passenger train service was officially restored to the terminal. Amtrak, which had been using a small station on River Road as a stop on its Washington, D.C.-Chicago route, moved its service to the renovation Union Terminal.
Does anyone else besides me and Michelle feel nostalgic and a longing for the “good, ole days?” We definitely wish this amazing landmark was up and running and booming with customers like it was in the 1930’s! Click here for more amazing photos and stories!