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East Hyde Park Master Plan

DEC.4.2014: The first neighborhood input session yielded some great insight from nearby residents. Readers of the Enquirer’s website or the print version of the Eastern Hills Journal may have caught a report on the meeting. A second session was scheduled for next week but the steering committee has decided to push back the second session to early 2015, once the holiday bustle has quieted. Date, time and location TBD. NOV.2.2014: The East Hyde Park Steering Committee is underway in its effort to develop and implement a neighborhood master plan. The Committee will be holding its first input session this Thursday evening at the Oakley Recreation Cental, 3882 Paxton Ave. (by the Biggs in the Plaza), from 6-8pm. This is a joint event put on by the committee in coordination with the City of Cincinnati Department of Planning and Development. There will be preliminary ideas for...

Historical Record

APR.26.2014: As an offshoot of the Chamber’s reorganization effort, members have decided to take on the task of researching and compiling a historical record for the neighborhood. The past leaders of the former Hyde Park East Business Association did a remarkable job preserving documents, correspondence, and general records from that organization. These items have been organized and digitally scanned for backup purposes, and are available for viewing at the Chamber offices in 3406 Erie. This historical record project will go well beyond the history of the business organization. As a separately developed tract from Hyde Park square and its surrounds, East Hyde Park is not reflected in the Neighborhood Council’s history, nor is it really mentioned in the book Cincinnati’s Hyde Park by Gregory Rogers. In addition to the pillars and the stories behind the ones lost, the...

Centennial

AUG.11.2015: More details to come soon but planning is underway for a week-long centennial celebration here in East Hyde Park. It will be next month, September 12-19. JUL.15.2014: The Chamber and Neighborhood Council are hosting a neighborhood centennial kick-off celebration next Thursday evening, the 24th, at the Cincinnati Observatory Center.   JUN.1.2014: Special thanks to Frappier Creative for the new centennial logo design! MAY.23.2014: 2015 will mark the centennial anniversary for East Hyde Park! First annexed by the City of Cincinnati in 1911 as a mostly vacant parcel of rolling prairie, it was in 1915 that developers established the identity of Hyde Park East – planning its streets and iconic pillars, and plotting the neighborhood parcels.  The advertisement below from the September 26, 1915 Enquirer  describes the first lots available for sale by William E. Harmon...

The Pillars

JUN.1.2014: Here’s an updated image of the five pillars together. The two on the west side of Brentwood are the closest to the original build design, minus the gargoyle. Each pillar had a standard ornamental topper along with a cast cap with street names in raised relief. The ‘HPE’ blocks were also present in all the originals. The remaining pillar on the east side of Brentwood is missing both the topper and the name cap, but at least brings the gargoyle motif across to the south south of Erie! The Saybrook pillar resembles the SE Brentwood in condition, and lastly Amberson retains its street name cap but has no topper, (except on St. Patty’s day). JAN.23.2014: This brutal winter (on track to be one of the worst on record) is taking its toll on the pillar at the NW corner of Erie and Brentwood. Repeated hard freezes are blowing out the brickwork. One more polar...

Chamber Reorganization

MAY.20.2014: The Chamber is planning an open house kickoff event for sometime this summer. The East Hyde Park neighborhood was developed and first built out in 1915. On the eve of our 100th anniversary, this summer kickoff event will be a celebration of the past, a party in the present, and a source of energy for the future. More details to come! Until then, enjoy this 1915 view of the open countryside that became Hyde Park East: FEB.6.2014: Among limited active participants, the Chamber’s interim executive committee was voted in as an initial board with only slight changes to the leadership roster. Jay Ashmore (Dutch’s) will take over as President, with Danny Thomas (Hap’s Pub), emeritus, serving as Vice President. Dave Turner (Turner Barber) will remain treasurer. Tim Schirmang (Berre Schirmang Schmid) will serve as secretary. The leadership team is currently...