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.