Cincinnati Landmarks Tour
Wednesday, April 27th
A bus will leave promptly at 9 AM from Embassy Suites in Blue Ash for a short drive to Cincinnati’s newly renovated Union Terminal, one of last great train stations built in this country. Completed in 1933, Union Terminal is an Art Deco masterpiece featuring the amazing mosaics in the rotunda and concourse areas, the creation of famous designer, Winold Reiss which deal with the history of Cincinnati and the importance of transportation.
The guided tour of Union Terminal will include a look at other art in the building and a visit to Terminal A the heart of train traffic into and out of the building. Certainly a sweet treat will be a quick visit to the famous Rookwood Ice Cream Parlor featuring tile murals and booths designed by William Hentschel, one of Rookwood’s last architectural installations, still vibrant and in use after 87 years.
Also housed in Union Terminal are:
- The Cincinnati History Museum
- Duke Energy Children’s Museum
- Museum of Natural History and Science
- Robert D. Lindner Omnimax Theater
- Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Museum
- Cincinnati History Library and Archives
We will have about two hours for the expertly guided tour of the Terminal and Museum Center with lunch being individual choice either at the Ice Cream Parlor or the snack bar in the rotunda.
At approximately 1 PM we will rebound our bus for a guided tour of the city lead by Museum Volunteer and noted Historian Scott Ehrnschwender. Scott will take us to many important historic, architectural and artistic spots in the city which we can view from the comfort of our bus. Scott’s love of the city and its amazing history will make this a tour to remember. After about two hours of touring (an opportunity to see much of Cincinnati without the hassle and in the company of an enthusiastic historian) we will head back to Embassy Suites for the evening.
Rookwood, Auction Preview & Museum Tour
Thursday, April 28th
On Thursday morning at 9 AM we again promptly leave Embassy Suites for the day, beginning with a tour of Rookwood Pottery led by Rookwood Historian George Hibben. George will lead us through all aspects of production from design to finished product and will grace us with his insights and humor. At the end of the tour, all of us will be given a $10 discount on any purchase of $25 or more.
Following the Rookwood tour, our bus will deliver us to Humler & Nolan for light lunch and an opportunity to preview items in Rookwood XXX Auction which will take place June 6th and 7th. Riley Humler, Karen Singleton and Jeff Engel will be available to answer questions about items in the auction.
Then it’s back on the bus for a quick trip to the Cincinnati Art Museum where we will be met by Amy Miller Dehan, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design for a discussion of the Museum’s collection of ceramics including new additions. At this point, we will self direct ourselves through the Museum’s impressive collection, meeting back at the bus at promptly 4 PM for a ride back to Embassy Suites.
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