Downtown Cincinnati History & Mural Tour

Explore the history and colorful artwork that adorns the streets of downtown Cincinnati while learning the fascinating history of some of our finest buildings.

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Sat., Sep., 17, 10 am-2 pm / $59 / One Class

Instructors: Frank Farmer Loomis & ArtWorks Docent   

Location: Class begins at VPC Campus then continues to various locations throughout downtown Cincinnati.

Explore the history and colorful artwork in downtown Cincinnati. The tour starts at the VPC Campus in a lively discussion with historian, Frank Farmer Loomis, illuminating the history of several famous buildings, some no longer standing such as the Sinton Hotel and Gibson House. You’ll learn about the Terrace Hotel, an architectural trailblazer when it was built in the 1940s on par with United Nations Building in NYC. And Frank will entertain you with stories from the colorful life of the wealthy socialite Henry Probasco, who funded the centerpiece at Fountain Square. Students will then regroup downtown for the mural walk through the area between Central Parkway and the Central Business District, exploring 13 of ArtWorks’ fan-favorite murals, including a few “Best of Cincinnati” winners! This tour is roughly one mile long-lasting approximately two hours.

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Headshot of Frank Farmer Loomis

Frank Farmer Loomis


Frank Farmer Loomis is an accomplished writer and media personality. Frank was an antique columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Magazine in the 1990s. You can currently listen to him every Thursday at 5 p.m. on Public Radio WMKV 89.3

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