Whether they called her The City of Seven Hills in the early days of the 19th century, The Queen City—as probably most of us do to this day—, The Fountain City, or just Cincy, good old Cincinnati has always remained the same. Or has she?
You see, even the greatest cities aren’t immune to the effects of the passing years, and Cincinnati is no exception. To celebrate the 198th anniversary of this glorious city’s inauguration, apartment search website RENTCafé invites us on a stroll down memory lane and shows us what the streets of Cincinnati looked like decades ago.
Move the sliders on the interactive images below to travel back in time, into a much younger Cincinnati:
1. Isaac M. Wise Temple — 720 Plum St.
2. 400 Block — Walnut St.
3. Tri-State Building — 432 Walnut St. at the southeast corner of 5th St.
4. 4th & Vine Tower — 100 Block of West 4th St.
5. Netherland Plaza/Carew Tower — 5th & Race
6. Corner of West 4th St. and Race St.
7. East 4th St. and Main St.
8. John Weld Peck Federal Building — 550 Main Street
9. Garfield Suites Hotel / 2 Garfield Place — Corner of Garfield Place and Vine St.
10. The Public Library of Cincinnati — 800 Vine Street
Impressive transformation, right? Not the word you were looking for? Well—whether these changes are for the better or the worse is always a matter of personal taste, but as long as there are historic landmarks to give us flashbacks of the past, the memories will stay with us. Also, the new structures that rise will further enrich the experience and one day some of them will tell a different story, or become something to tell stories about. Until then, we will have to take good care of these irreplaceable relics so we can appreciate them decades from now.