The University of Cincinnati’s assembly of buildings and landscapes has much to teach the higher education community. The collection of opinions regarding the campus’ appearance is as diverse as the campus community itself. An interested observer can find an integration of old and new structures and landscapes on this campus. The new structures and landscapes have received national, and occasionally international, attention from the press and the architectural community and have taken on “signature” status. The existing structures and landscapes have been integrated with the new but like the new are not documented in a preservation plan.
The University needed a plan to document the physical history of the campus, including both old and the new to serve as a guide for future development. In 2006, The University of Cincinnati pursued a Campus Heritage grant from the Getty Foundation in order to prepare a preservation plan for the reinvented campus. The plan addresses preservation and/or change in the buildings and landscapes and processes for addressing the rehabilitation, reconstruction, restoration or demolition of the buildings and open spaces on campus current and future generations might use to make thoughtful decisions about the campus.
The University of Cincinnati is grateful for the opportunity to prepare such a plan due to the generosity of the Getty Foundation. Together with our consultants we now have such a plan for the future.