Front of the Cincinnati Mercantile Library designed by the Steinkamp Brothers

Cincinnati's Lost Architects: The Steinkamp Brothers Tour

For years students at Communiversity have enjoyed the historic walking tours hosted by Frank Farmer Loomis. Frank brings a three-dimensional perspective to his historic tours with his lively speaking style laced with anecdotes, often humorous, and never dull! He believes that he owes his audiences not only a historic education, but also a good time!

downtown library room


Please check back for Frank's next historic walking tour in the Fall term / $59 / One Class 

Instructors:  Frank Farmer Loomis and Thomas H. Connor 

Location: Class begins at VPC Campus then proceeds to three locations throughout Cincinnati.

Today, architects Joseph and Bernard Steinkamp may be less known than Samuel Hannaford and William McLaughlin, but once you attend this class these architect brothers will be more familiar to you than even Frank Lloyd Wright. Everywhere in Cincinnati their works still beautify the Queen City. Downtown has the Mercantile Library Building, the 21c Museum Hotel and the Cincinnatian Hotel. Over the Rhine has the stand-out American Building. Their beautiful apartment buildings still grace Price Hill, Walnut Hills, and Hyde Park. Then there is Xavier University and the Chapel at St. Ursula Convent. So many of their buildings (thankfully) still exist and are now designated as restored landmarks. In this historical walking tour, we will visit three Steinkamp works. Be prepared to be awed by venerable structures that you probably have noticed but were unaware of their history. 

About Your Instructors:

Headshot of Frank Farmer Loomis

Frank Farmer Loomis

Writer & Historian

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

Headshot of Tom Connor

Tom Connor


Tom Connor is the author of the book "Cincinnati’s Lost Architects: Joseph and Bernard Steinkamp."

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