Fountain Square, Cincinnati
|Nickname(s): "The Square"|
|Elevation||482 ft (147 m)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
Fountain Square has been the symbolic center of Cincinnati since 1871. The square, which replaced a butcher's market, was a gift from Henry Probasco in memory of Tyler Davidson. Probasco traveled to Munich and commissioned a bronze allegorical fountain from Ferdinand von Miller named The Genius of Water that symbolizes the uses of water, both natural and man-made. Originally, the square occupied a large island in the middle of Fifth Street with buildings to the north and south, much like nearby Piatt Park. A 1971 renovation of the square included slightly moving and re-orienting the fountain to the west, and enlarging the plaza by removing the original westbound portion of 5th Street and demolishing buildings to the north. It is used for lunch-breaks, rallies, and other gatherings.
The Fountain can be seen in the opening credits on WKRP in Cincinnati
In the early 2000s, the square was completely renovated and re-designed by 3cdc and BHDP Architecture (consulted by Cooper, Robertson & Partners and OLIN) to attract more visitors to the city, and to serve as a cultural/recreational hub for the city. In addition to the renovations, many buildings in and around the Fountain Square district are currently being renovated and redesigned to revitalize the region. The Fountain itself was completely restored and moved to a more central location in the square.
Tyler Davidson Fountain
After the death of his brother-in-law and business partner Tyler Davidson, Cincinnati businessman Henry Probasco went to Munich, Germany in search of a suitable memorial to him. Many years before, artist August von Kreling had collaborated with Ferdinand von Miller at the Royal Bronze Foundry of Bavaria to design a fountain to rival the great fountains of Europe but which would glorify mankind rather than fanciful creatures and gods of mythology. When Miller could find no patron to sponsor the fountain, the designs languished until Probasco came to him with an interest in a similar theme. Probasco requested the addition of four figures with animals that would act as drinking fountains, which Miller's sons designed.
- The renovated Tyler Davidson Fountain
- Four Senses Planter Boxes: planters that tourists can look at, listen to, touch, and smell
- Free Wi-Fi
- A new/renovated Fountain Square Garage
- New granite tiling that resembles woven fabric
- A seasonal ice skating rink as large as the famous Rockefeller Centerrink in NYC
- A new/dynamic landscape
- Better lighting and sound design
- Restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options
- Two new stages
- A new 24'x42' high-resolution video board that rests on top of Macy's
- A new interactive water wall in the children's area
- More downtown Ambassadors
Fountain square has many events all through the week including speeches, games, movies, concerts, giveaways, and festivals. The square also has many seasonal events such as Halloween on the square, the ice rink, Octoberfest (largest outside of Germany) and more.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day 2010, the square featured "EcoSculpt 2010", an exhibit of sustainable art. The exhibit included "Atlas Recycled" by Tom Tsuchiya, a sculpture made of used atlases that doubled as a recycling receptacle for plastic bottles and aluminum cans. 
Fountain Square District
The Fountain Square District is becoming a restaurant and entertainment hub. It contains many offices, hotels, specialty shops and includes signature restaurants that are not found anywhere else in Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky.
- Via Vite (Italian)
- Boi Na Braza
- Chipotle Mexican Grill
- McCormick & Schmick's (seafood)
- Morton's of Chicago
- Mynt Martini
- Rock Bottom Brewery
- Bistro JeanRo
- Graeter's Ice cream
- Potbelly Sandwich Works
- Probasco market
- The Restaurant at The Phoenix
- T.J. Maxx
- Saks Fifth Avenue
- Brooks Brothers (Closing 2013)
- Tiffany and Company
- Jones the Florist
- JoS. A. Bank Clothiers
- A movie theater has been proposed but it's unknown when (or if) construction will begin.
- Booksellers On Fountain Square (opened Sept of 2013)
- Hilton Netherland Plaza Cincinnati
- The Westin
- Millennium Hotel
- Hyatt (in nearby business district)
- The Cincinnatian Hotel
- A new hotel may be opening in the Bartlett Building but the date for its opening at this point is unknown
- Fifth Third Bank Headquarters
- Macy's, Inc. Headquarters
- U.S. Bancorp
- Delta Air Lines regional headquarters and ticket office
- Great American Insurance Group Headquarters
- Carew Tower — Art Deco hi-rise containing office space and a public observation deck
- Fountain Square (official site)
- Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation
- Features of Fountain Square
- See the original Fountain Square model at the Cincinnati Art Museum
- Shaffer, Marguerite S. (Apr 17, 2012). "Public Culture: Diversity, Democracy, and Community in the United States". University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 280. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
- Federal Writers' Project (1943). "Cincinnati, a Guide to the Queen City and Its Neighbors". p. 179. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
- Bishop, Lauren. "Art for Earth's Sake." The Enquirer. April 10, 2010.
- Brooks Brothers closing downtown Cincinnati store - Business Courier