Mount Auburn Historic District

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Mount Auburn Historic District
Cincinnati part IX embracing 11th & 19th wards. (1869).png
A map of Mount Auburn circa 1869. Visible are the house of Alphonso Taft (which is now the William Howard Taft National Historic Site), the Cincinnati Orphan Asylum and the Mount Auburn Young Ladies Institute.
Mount Auburn Historic District is located in Ohio
Mount Auburn Historic District
Mount Auburn Historic District is located in the United States
Mount Auburn Historic District
LocationBoth sides of Auburn Ave. from Ringgold St. to Howard Taft Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
Coordinates39°7′12″N 84°30′30″W / 39.12000°N 84.50833°W / 39.12000; -84.50833Coordinates: 39°7′12″N 84°30′30″W / 39.12000°N 84.50833°W / 39.12000; -84.50833
Area414 acres (1.68 km2), 31 buildings
Architectural styleMid 19th Century Revival, Late Victorian
NRHP reference #73001464[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 28, 1973

Mount Auburn Historic District is located in the Mount Auburn neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. It extends along both sides of Auburn Avenue roughly between Ringold Street and William H. Taft Road. The population of Mount Auburn was 4,904 at the 2010 census.[2]

The District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 28, 1973 (No. 73001464). Mount Auburn was founded as a hilltop retreat for Cincinnati's social elite where wealthier people could escape the dirt, heat, smoke and crowded conditions of the lower city. Ornate historic mansions with incredible panoramic views still reflect this heritage.

The district contains notable houses of Federal, Greek Revival, Italian Villa, Romanesque Revival, and Georgian Revival styles. The houses date from 1819 to the turn of the century and are associated with the prominent Cincinnatians. Noted residents include President William Howard Taft.


Mt. Auburn was for a long time almost the only suburb of the city. It was at first called Keys' Hill,[3] after an old settler, and this name was used until 1837. By 1826 a number of prominent citizens had taken up residence there.[4]

Mount Auburn was platted as a town in 1837. It owes its name to the then newly established Mount Auburn Cemetery of Boston.[5] By 1842, it extended from Liberty Street (Liberty Street got its name because the city laws were not enforced north of it and it was the location of the "northern liberties" – gambling, drinking and carousing) to McMillan Street (note that the historic district only goes as far south as Ringold Street, the rest of the Mount Auburn neighborhood to the south is the Prospect Hill Historic District).[3] Mount Auburn was annexed to the City of Cincinnati in 1849.[6]


Mount Auburn is the main major television broadcast facility location for the Cincinnati area.

Stations that transmit from Mount Auburn:

WLWT has their studios on Young Street, and their transmitter on Chickasaw Street

WKRC-TV has studios and Transmitter located on Highland Avenue.

WCPO-TV has their transmitter on Symes Street, the tower also holds WBQC-LD.

WCET (TV) Has their Transmitter Located on Chickasaw Street with WLWT.

Buildings and sites[edit]

Other notable architecture[edit]

  • Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church, 103 William Howard Taft Road
  • Former First District School, 412 Liberty Hill
  • Mt. Auburn Cable Railway Building, Corner of Highland and Dorchester
  • The William Howard Doane House (Sunny Side), 2223 Auburn Avenue
  • Mt. Auburn Baptist Church, 2147 Auburn Avenue
  • Adam Riddle House, 2021 Auburn Avenue
  • The Henry Powell House, 2209 Auburn Avenue


Medical institutions[edit]


I was quite charmed with the appearance of the town, and its adjoining suburb of Mount Auburn: from which the city, lying in an amphitheatre of hills, forms a picture of remarkable beauty, and is seen to great advantage.

Behold the Fifth Avenue of Cincinnati! It is not merely the pleasant street of villas and gardens along the brow of the hill, though that is part of it. Mount to the cupola of the Mount Auburn Young Ladies' School, which stands near the highest point, and look out over a sea of beautifully formed, umbrageous hills, steep enough to be picturesque, but not too steep to be convenient, and observe that upon each summit, as far as the eye can reach, is an elegant cottage or mansion, or clust of tasteful villas, surrounded by groves, gardens and lawns. This is Cincinnati's Fifth Avenue.

— James Parton, Atlantic Monthly, August, 1867



  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ "Mt. Auburn Statistical neighborhood approximation". City of Cincinnati. p. 2. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b Rider, Peg (May 21, 1989). "Mt. Auburn". Prospect Hill, A Neighborhood Reborn (1807–present). Retrieved 2007-06-24.
  4. ^ Clarke, S. J. (1912). Cincinnati, the Queen City, 1788-1912, Volume 2. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 531. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  5. ^ Stradling, David (Oct 1, 2003). Cincinnati: From River City to Highway Metropolis. Arcadia Publishing. p. 37. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  6. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1943). Cincinnati, a Guide to the Queen City and Its Neighbors. p. 357. Retrieved 2013-05-04.

External links[edit]