Terrace Plaza Hotel At Center Of Landmark Discussion

Feb 25, 2019

The Cincinnati Historic Conservation Board meets Monday afternoon to consider designating the Terrace Plaza Hotel as a local landmark.

The downtown building opened in 1948 and is considered a significant Modernist structure.

Cincinnati Preservation Association Executive Director Paul Muller says landmark status means any renovations must adhere to historic preservation methods in order to access historic tax credits.

"There's the potential for 45 percent of the cost to come to the project from state and federal sources," he says. "We think that's really important because it's going to take some money - some public money - to have this project happen."

Muller and supporters like Cincinnati Councilman David Mann want to see the building restored.

It's unclear what the current owner plans to do with it. The city is pursuing the owner for allowing the building to fall into disrepair.

The conservation board meeting at 3 p.m. is open to the public. It meets in the Public Hearing Room, II Centennial Plaza, 5th Floor, 805 Central Ave, 45202.

If the board approves, the recommendation goes on to the City Planning Commission and then a vote by City Council.

As WVXU previously reported, the Terrace Plaza was one of the nation's first modern hotels built after World War II. It was also the first to have a fully automated elevator and a television in every room.

It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.