Sunday, March 8, 2015

Wandering to Cincinnati

I decided to head down to Cincinnati yesterday.  I wanted some pictures of a city and I was actually thinking of heading over to Chicago.  Then it dawned on me that I've never been to Cincinnati since starting this blog.   I've visited there before and remembered that there were some pretty nice buildings there.
 My first stop was at a little park across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.  It was in a town called Covington, Kentucky.  Covington was founded in 1815.  It actually gave a pretty nice view of Cincinnati.
 The Brent Spence Bridge is a double decker that is used by I-75 to cross over the Ohio River. Southbound Traffic is on the top side and Northbound Traffic is on the bottom.  That is the bridge in back.  The Bridge in front is a railroad bridge.
 Cincinatti was founded in 1788 when Mathias Denman, Colonel Robert Patterson and Israel Ludlow landed in the spot opposite of the Licking River across the Ohio River.  It is currently the 3rd Largest City in Ohio and 65th in the United States.  It currently has a population of almost 300,000 with another 1.7 Million in its Metropolitan area.  There are a number of corporate offices in the city.
 The John A. Roebling Bridge was finished lt in 1866 and at the time was the longest suspension bridge in the world.  Construction was started in 1856 when it was apparent that a bridge was needed between Kentucky and Ohio.  Construction was delayed by the start of the Civil War and continued in 1864.    It has a span of 1,057 feet and goes 100 feet over the river.  The bridge is named after its designer who would later go on to build the Brooklyn Bridge.
 You can see many design cues that would later be used for the Brooklyn Bridge
 A pair of Canada geese at the waterside.
 The building on the left is the Scripps Tower and was built in 1990.  It was the tallest building built in Cincinnati in the 1990's.  The building on the right is Great American Tower at the Queen City Square.  At 660 feet tall, it is the current tallest building in Cincinnati and third tallest in Ohio.
 Another view of the Roebling Bridge.
 A statue of Roebling himself, it appears he is overseeing construction of the Bridge.
 Another view of the Cincinnati skyline.
 Another view of the statue.
 With the amount of snow that has fallen in southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky, the Ohio River is a bit on the high side.
 I decided to briefly walk across the Bridge.
 Looking up at the tower.
 The building on the right is the PNC Tower.
 As I was taking a picture of this bridge, there was a train crossing.  There is a fairly large CSX yard just outside of Cincinnati, if I knew how to find a spot were I could look I would have gotten pictures of it.
 Another view of the skyline.
 The bridge viewed from another angle.
 A Robinson helicopter.
 Looking down the street near the park I stopped at.
 I don't remember what this church was called, but I liked the looks of it.
 Construction on the Mother of God Church began in 1870 and was completed in 1871.  It was built by German Catholics.
 Not sure who this guy was.
 Looking up at the spires.  The church is a Italian Renaissance Revival style.
 Or this guy.
 There was some pretty nice tilework in front of the church.
 And you can't have the Omega without the Alpha.
 I'm not sure what this building was called but I liked the murals.
Another view of the church.
 Looking down one of the streets in Covington.
 The PNC Tower was originally known as the Union Central Tower and Central Trust Bank Building.  It was built in 1913 and stands at 495 feet tall.  When it was completed, it was the fifth tallest building in the world and the tallest outside of New York City.
 The Great American Tower was completed in 2010.
 Looking down the Roebling Bridge.
 A partial view of the Cincinnati skyline.
 Another view of the skyline.
 Another angle of the Scripps Building and Great American Tower.
 Looking down one of the streets.
 A view of the Covington Skyline.
 Another street.
 I kind of like this angle.  It reminds me of a typical Midwestern City.
 I kind of liked the looks of this street.
 Some building reflections.
 I think this was the PNC Tower.
 Another reflection shot.
 I kind of like the look of this building.
 Looking up at the PNC Tower from another angle.
 Another cool looking street.
I kind of wish I could have spent more time in Cincinnati.  There is a lot of neat architecture to be had.


cmadler said...

Next time you're down that way, be sure to check out the Cincinnati Museum Center, which is housed in the old train terminal. Also, if you take I-71/75 south just a couple of miles into Kentucky, when you come back to the north there's an absolutely spectacular view of Cincinnati's skyline. Driving up from the south, it's the very first glimpse you get of the city, and it's one of the most amazing city views I've ever seen. Google StreetView link: doesn't really do it justice but gives you some idea.

cmadler said...

Here's maybe a better Street View link.