Zinzinnati Landmarks

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Zinzinnati boasts numerous landmarks created or inspired by German-Americans

Zinzinnati just wouldn't be Zinzinnati without the influence of the German-American community. Two of Zinzinnati's most beloved landmarks are associated with German heritage: The Roebling Suspension Bridge, built by Johann A. Roebling, and the Tyler-Davidson Memorial Fountain, which was completed in Munich under the direction of Ferdinand von Miller to depict the Genius des Wassers.

The German architectural impact ripples through Over-the-Rhine and other areas of Zincinnati. Landmarks created or inspired by German-Americans include:

  • Fountain Square
  • Roebling Suspension Bridge
  • Over-the-Rhine District
  • Findlay Market
  • Music Hall
  • Spring Grove Cemetery
  • Cincinnati Zoo
  • Cincinnati Park System

The imprint of the German-American community can be seen in the material culture and architectural styles that originated in the Over-the-Rhine district and spread to other areas of the city. Over-the-Rhine, an area of approximately 213 acres, was the central geographical locale of Zinzinnati's Germany-American community in the 1800s.

Source: German-American Heritage Teaching Guide, Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, University of Cincinnati, (513) 556-1955

Special thanks to Don Tolzmann, Director of the German-American Studies Program at the University of Cincinnati for his contributions to this site.

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