Findlay Market

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Findlay Market Building
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Findlay Market, from Elm Street
Findlay Market is located in Ohio
Findlay Market
Findlay Market is located in the United States
Findlay Market
LocationEsplanade at Elder St., between Elm and Race Sts., Cincinnati, Ohio
Coordinates39°6′55″N 84°31′9″W / 39.11528°N 84.51917°W / 39.11528; -84.51917Coordinates: 39°6′55″N 84°31′9″W / 39.11528°N 84.51917°W / 39.11528; -84.51917
ArchitectWilliams, Adams & Co.
Architectural styleItalianate
NRHP reference No.72001020[1]
Added to NRHPJune 5, 1972

Findlay Market in historic Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio, is the state's oldest continuously operated public market.[2] The Findlay Market Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on June 5, 1972.[1] The market is the last remaining of the nine that once served Cincinnati. In 2019 Newsweek named it one of the top ten public markets in the world.


Findlay Market was founded in 1852, on land donated by the estate of General James Findlay and his wife Jane Irwin Findlay. Built with the new iron framework technology, this was one of the earliest structures in the nation in which that technique was used, and one of the few remaining.[3] The market bell from Pearl Street Market, Cincinnati's first market house, now hangs in Findlay Market's bell tower.[4]

The market is located north of downtown Cincinnati in Over-the-Rhine, an historic neighborhood known for its dense concentration of Italianate architecture. Open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday, Findlay Market has more than about three dozen indoor merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, and ethnic foods.

On Saturdays and Sundays from March to December, the Market hosts a farmers' market and other outdoor vendors, street performers, and special events. The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade for the Cincinnati Reds is an annual Cincinnati tradition.[5] Findlay Market is a gathering place for people from all over the city. It routinely attracts crowds that are socially, economically, racially, and ethnically diverse.

In 2019 Newsweek named Findlay Market one of the top ten public markets in the world.[6]

Market District Development[edit]

The Findlay Market district is a center of economic activity in Over-the-Rhine. Cincinnati City Council named The Corporation for Findlay Market its Preferred Developer for 39 city-owned properties near the market in June 2006.[7]

In 2010, the market became 100% occupied and continues to grow. In 2004, the City of Cincinnati completed a $16 million renovation of the market.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

Johnny Cash visits Findlay Market in a scene of the movie The Pride of Jesse Hallam.[9] Findlay Market is mentioned in "Oh, Cincinnati," a song by the local band The Seedy Seeds.[10]



  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ Tilton, Liz (2009). Cincinnati's Historic Findlay Market. Arcadia Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 9780738560533. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  3. ^ A Brief History, Findlay Market Website, accessed 25 March 2019.
  4. ^ Crocker, Mary Beth (Oct 2003). "Findlay Market's Bounty". Cincinnati Magazine. p. 34. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  5. ^ Findlay Market Parade
  6. ^ Froelich, Paula (2019-06-06). "The 10 Best Food Markets in the World". Newsweek. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  7. ^ "Market District Development". Findlay Market. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  8. ^ Monk, Dan. "Merchants finding retail space scarce at Findlay Market". Cincinnati Business Courier. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  9. ^ Lind, Steven J. Rolfes, Douglas R. Weise, Phil (8 February 2016). Cincinnati Theaters. Arcadia Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-4671-1524-7.
  10. ^ "Oh, Cincinnati". The Seedy Seeds. Retrieved 27 December 2013.

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