“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Glendale in Hamilton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Taken for Granite?

Taken for Granite? Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, May 3, 2019
1. Taken for Granite? Marker
Inscription.  The large stones used here as fountain elements, benches, and garden accents were quarried from a deposit of granite in Milford, Massachusetts in 1887. These stones artifacts were originally cut for the construction of the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Building, which was later destroyed by fire in 1911. The Chamber of Commerce Building, located at the corner of Fourth and Vine, was an excellent architectural example of the Romanesque Revival style. The building was considered one of the most significant local treasures designed by renowned American architect Henry Hudson Richardson. After the fire, thousands of ornamental and structural granite elements were hauled to Cleves, Ohio by the Cincinnati Astronomical Society for the purpose of constructing an observatory near the present location of Mitchell Memorial Forest. When the plans for the observatory were not realized, these stones lay quiet storage until 1979, when the Cincinnati Astronomical Society graciously donated a number of stones to the Hamilton County Park District for the construction of a beautiful shelterhouse at Mitchell Memorial Forest. All the remaining stones were acquired
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by the Park District in 1984. The development of Glenwood Gardens presented another excellent opportunity as elements of the garden.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
Location. 39° 15.524′ N, 84° 28.398′ W. Marker is in Glendale, Ohio, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Springfield Pike (Ohio Route 4) near Glendale-Milford Road. In Glenwood Gardens Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cincinnati OH 45246, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to the Cotswald Overlook (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cincinnati Hamilton Turnpike (approx. half a mile away); Village of Glendale (approx. 1.1 miles away); Glendale (approx. 1.1 miles away); First Children's International Summer Village (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Eliza House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Tucker's Station (approx. 1.2 miles away); Eckstein School (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glendale.
Fountain made with stones image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, May 3, 2019
2. Fountain made with stones
Glenwood gardens image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, May 3, 2019
3. Glenwood gardens
Credits. This page was last revised on May 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 290 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 22, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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