Cincinnati, Ohio was the fourth stop in the Summer 2012 tour of Antiques Roadshow. This summer is season 17 for me, and while I’ve lost count of the cities I’ve traveled to over the years — I’m guessing nearly 60 — I always appreciate the opportunity to discover something about the art, architecture and design of the locale.
On Thursday night I represented Antiques Roadshow at a station event at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Formerly the railroad’s Union Terminal (built 1929-1933), the stunning Art Deco building is a National Historic Landmark. The central rotunda showcases a series of fabulous mosaics by Winold Reiss (1886-1953), commissioned in 1932 to depict the history of Cincinnati and its industries. Scenes of working Americans, the history of passenger transportation, and westward expansion all help to tell the story of how Cincinnati was transformed from a frontier town to a gateway city. I also peeked through the windows at the Rookwood Ice Cream Parlor, originally laid out in 1931-33 as a tea room. Famous for their art pottery, Rookwood created their last-known tile installation here.