CityBeat Blogs - Architecture http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/blogs-1-1-1-37-31.html <![CDATA[Park Board Accepting Design Ideas for Riverfront Carousel]]> Construction is underway for a 1,661-square-foot glass-enclosed carousel to sit at the foot of Vine Street overlooking the Ohio River, and ArtWorks is currently working with Cincinnati Parks and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to gather input from Cincinnati residents for possible design ideas.

The Carol Ann’s Carousel was named to honor the life and philanthropy of Carol Ann Haile, according to the information page at mysmaleriverfrontpark.org, and is being funded by a $5 million donation from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. 

It will sit in a tree-lined plaza amongst a two-story staircase, water cascade and a series of water curtains. The plaza’s lower level will hold a conference center and offices, which will open up to Mehring Way and overlook the lower area of the park. The riverfront carousel is slated to open May 2015.


There will be 44 animals and characters featured on the carousel’s platform, and community engagement sessions are currently being hosted in order to gather as many ideas as possible. The public is invited to share their ideas until June 9, when later the park design team will decide on the final designs based on the city’s suggestions.


Carousel Works of Mansfield, Ohio, the world’s largest wooden carousel manufacturer, will hand carve and paint each animal and character chosen. Ideas are also being gathered for several mural scenes to be painted on the carousel. Jonathan Queen, a local artist, will paint based on what citizens deem what makes Cincinnati unique — its parks, traditions, landmarks. 


This riverfront icon will offer a standard two-minute ride and operate year-round.


 

 


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<![CDATA[Cincinnati Public Library Ranks No. 28 on BuzzFeed List]]>

BuzzFeed, the viral video and pop culture aggregate, loves lists. And Cincinnati has been mentioned in at least two of their “random number funny sentence” list posts this past week.

First, it’s always best to start with dessert … and chili. BuzzFeed contributor and former Cincinnatian Donna Dickens makes a list of all of her favorite Cincinnati foods that are better than food from other cities, claiming, “The worst part about moving away from Cincy is leaving behind this regional feast.”

Included on the list? Graeter’s ice cream, Skyline chili (sorry, Gold Star), Izzy’s giant rueben, Busken cookies, Glier’s Goetta, LaRosa’s, Montgomery Inn sauce and the unnaturally blue, unnaturally delicious, formerly Smurffy blueberry soft serve from King’s Island.

For those of us less interested in praising our meat products (although perhaps we should since they aren’t full of horse), can praise the beautiful history of our public library.

Listed at #28 on the 30 best places to be if you love books list, which includes Shakespeare and Company in Paris as well as the Oxford Union Library, is an image of the Cincinnati Public Library looking as most of us have never seen it — in black and white, yes, but also from its original location, “Old Main,” at 629 Vine Street. With stories and stories of shelves and shelves of books, each with a small catwalk, the expanse and whimsy of this literary wonderland is fantastic. (And really makes you wish it was still there.)

According the Main Library’s flickr page (where you can find more images of the original library location): 

“The Main Library has occupied a prominent position in downtown Cincinnati since 1874, when a new building was constructed at 629 Vine Street. Considered the most magnificent public library building in the country at the time, ‘Old Main’ featured one element similar to today’s library: a towering atrium with a skylight ceiling. Of the dramatic atrium, Harpers Weekly said, ‘The first impression made upon the mind on entering this hall is the immense capacity for storing books in its five tiers of alcoves, and then the eye is attracted and gratified by its graceful and carefully studied architecture.’ The building closed in 1955, when the ‘New Main Library,’ located at 800 Vine Street, opened.”

Find more historic photos of Cincinnati and learn more about the history of our library on the virtual library Facebook page

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<![CDATA[EcoSculpt Returns to Fountain Square]]>
Remember last spring when the Square was taken over by environment-conscious art? EcoSculpt will be back April 13-29, exhibiting large-scale sculptures made entirely of recyclables.---

If you like to get down with re-purposing junk in the name of art, apply at myfountainsquare.com. Works should be big (10x10-foot limit), sturdy and weather-proof. The structures are not permitted to use water or electricity, but, as the official guidelines tease, "solar power is a different story." The only outside materials allowed are fasteners and supports. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 29 and received by March 2. As many as 24 applicants will be selected to display on Fountain Square. They will be responsible for constructing their art on-site April 13.

Winners will be announced at noon April 20 on the Square; three local, art-savvy judges will award their three faves ($500, $250, $150) and there will be one "people's choice" winner ($100).

Past EcoSculpt works include a forest scene made solely of aluminum cans, a recycled shopping bag structure and a model of Cincinnati's three largest skyscrapers made of used computer pieces (pictured, above).

The exhibit will coincide with Earth Day, April 22. The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance is responsible for the return of this program.


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<![CDATA[Emery Theatre Announces Restoration Plans]]>

The Emery Theatre is finally on its way back. After years of dormancy, the 100-year-old Over-the-Rhine venue is in the midst of a restoration that will allow artistic endeavors of varying stripes to grace its stage.

The Emery Center Corporation Board and The Requiem Project — the nonprofit brainchild of Tara Lindsey Gordon and Cincinnati native Tina Manchise, a duo intent on restoring the Emery's historic legacy — announced over the weekend that the Emery has secured two architects to take on the renovation: locally based John Senhauser Architects, and Cleveland-based Westlake Reed Leskosky, a firm that specializes in opening closed arts venues.---

“Our vision is to restore the Emery Theatre into a vibrant, acoustically pure performance space that will serve as an independent venue for film, theatre, music and dance for local and national touring artists,” Manchise says. “The restoration of the Emery Theatre is also part of a larger initiative to revitalize the social and cultural environment of historic Over-the-Rhine. The Emery will provide a venue for arts experiences and expression in the heart of this developing neighborhood.”

The most intriguing part of that equation is Manchise's mentioning of film — there hasn't been a viable movie house in downtown Cincinnati since the Real Movies closed more than a decade ago.

As a teaser, the Emery will open its doors the weekend of Nov. 11-13 for a fundraiser that will include performances by longtime local music-makers Over the Rhine, the MadCap Puppet Theatre, Exhale Dance Tribe and others. There is no definitive word on when the restoration will be complete, but the World Choir Games, which the Emery will host in July 2012, is rapidly approaching.

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