Cincinnati in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Betts House, 1804
The oldest building in Cincinnati's basin area, the Betts House exemplifies a national trend on the expanding frontier of impermanent log and frame structures giving way to more permanent brick architecture. It is the earliest surviving brick building in the city. During Cincinnati's period of settlement in the early 1800s, the William and Phebe Betts family established a brickyard here that supplied building materials for the rapidly growing frontier city.
The Betts House lends its name to the Betts-Longworth Historic District. Established in 1983, the district represents the last nineteenth century remnant of Cincinnati's lower West End and surrounds the older Betts House with tall, narrow mid- and late-nineteenth century buildings. The Betts house is oriented to the cardinal directions, rather than to the city's slightly skewed grid.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Betts House Research Center, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 39-31.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 6.46′ N, 84° 31.326′ W. Marker is in Cincinnati, Ohio Click for map. Marker is about 200 feet west of Central Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 416 Clark Street, Cincinnati OH 45203, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gamble House (a few steps from this marker); Gaines High School / Peter H. Clark (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Miami and Erie Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Laurel-Lincoln World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise and the Plum Street Temple (approx. 0.3 miles away); George Washington Williams (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wiltsee Undertaker (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fuldner Mortuary (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cincinnati.
Also see . . . History of the Betts House. (Submitted on November 1, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 914 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.