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Cincinnati's Terrace Plaza Hotel: An Icon of American Modernism

Length: 200 pages2 hours


The Terrace Plaza Hotel heralded the post-World War II revitalization of Cincinnati's urban core. The complex stands at 15 West Sixth Street, between Vine and Race streets, in the heart of the central business district. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) between 1945 and 1946, the avant-garde Terrace Plaza opened in 1948 to national acclaim, being the first Modernist hotel built in the United States. Modernism defined mid-twentieth century global architectural history, and it is the foundation of most contemporary design. This book is a history of the Terrace Plaza Hotel and the people and companies who made it. The author, Shawn Patrick Tubb, believes that the story of the building demonstrates how the city was once a leader in Modernist design, and could help to restore the currently empty hotel’s reputation as a cultural icon.

Books sales from CINCINNATI'S TERRACE PLAZA HOTEL: AN ICON OF AMERICAN MODERNISM will benefit the Cincinnati Preservation Association and the Cincinnati Art Museum.

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