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Communiversity Class Focuses on Preservation Triumphs in the Queen City

Before Frank Lloyd Wright there was Daniel H. Burnham, an iconic American architect. Learn more about Burnham’s architectural style and distinctive ornamental detail in this Communiversity class.

Date: 3/16/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Janet Staderman
Phone: (513) 556-6932

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Renaissance Hotel sign in front of buildilng and arial view looking up at the side of the building

Burnham is nationally-known for skyscrapers in New York City, Chicago and Washington D.C. He was the architect for the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893 and designed the Flatiron Building in New York City. Between 1901 and 1905, Burnham also designed four of Cincinnati’s spires between East 4th and 5th Streets.

In 1901, Burnham built the Union Savings Bank and Trust at the corner of Fourth and Walnut. The bank was Cincinnati’s first skyscraper and is now the Renaissance Hotel. What an appropriate name for the restored Burnham work adding to the Renaissance of Downtown Cincinnati! 
This hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During this class, Frank Farmer Loomis, a
n accomplished writer and media personality, will take you on a tour of this historic treasure. You will examine Burnham’s architectural style and distinctive ornamental detail up close. Class will get a tour of the original Bank Director's office overlooking the Hotel Ballroom, which was the bank lobby. Then, we will have lunch at D. Burnham’s restaurant on the 1st floor of the hotel and witness this historic preservation triumph!

Class will be held on Saturday, May 20. Register online at or call 513-556-6932. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to celebrate all the preservation triumphs in our city!