Walnut Hills, Cincinnati
Walnut Hills is a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The neighborhood was named for the farm of an early settler, Reverend James Kemper, which he called Walnut Hill. For generations, the Kemper family lived in the Kemper Log House. Walnut Hills was annexed to the City of Cincinnati in September, 1869.
Walnut Hills is a large diverse area on the near East side of Cincinnati. Eden Park is the gateway to Walnut Hills when driving North from downtown Cincinnati. It is the location of Walnut Hills High School and is within five minutes of the University of Cincinnati and ten minutes driving of downtown Cincinnati. It is the site of "Balluminaria" hot air balloon glow every fall as well as many other festivals. The park is also the location of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Playhouse in the Park, and the Krohn Conservatory which boasts over 1,000 botanical species indoors, thousands of daffodils outdoors, and hosts an annual butterfly festival and other exhibits including a Christmas display.
Walnut Hills proper includes many Victorian houses. Harriet Beecher Stowe researched her Uncle Tom's Cabin. Her family lived here. The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is now an Ohio State Historical site with highlights of the abolitionist movement and the African American struggle for justice. The Walnut Hills Library is a Carnegie Foundation architectural gem, as is the Walnut Hills United Presbyterian Church's remaining tower at Taft and Gilbert designed by famed architect Samuel Hannaford. The commercial district at Peebles' Corner once bustled as the terminus of the cable car ride up from the city basin and had theaters and an acting school attended by Tyrone Power and others who found their way to Hollywood.
Today, the neighborhood is a redeveloping urban neighborhood having a mixture of ethnic and religious backgrounds. It is one of the 52 neighborhoods of Cincinnati and one of the oldest with wonderful views.
Historic districts in Walnut Hills
Walnut Hills buildings are of historic architecture in a range of styles. Several historic districts in Walnut Hills have been listed on the National Register.
- Gilbert-Sinton Historic District
- Gilbert Row
- Madison and Woodburn Historic District
- Peeble's Corner Historic District
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