Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pen and ink drawings detail Cincinnati life

A collection of pen and ink drawings showing Cincinnati's historic urban landscape goes on exhibit with an opening reception this Friday from 5 P.M.-8 P.M. at the Betts House Research Center, 416 Clark Street in the West End.

The "Vanishing Cincinnati" collection, produced by Barbara and David Day, features more than 20 works detailing the history and architecture of some of the City's most beloved places between the years of 1850 and 1950.

Some of the buildings have been lost to demolition, such as the Albee Theater and the Bus Depot. But many landmarks remain – Music Hall, the Tyler Davidson Fountain, the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, and Union Terminal.

The exhibit runs through April 23, and prints of the works will be available for purchase.

Admission is $2. The Betts House is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 A.M.-2 P.M., as well as 12:30 P.M.-5 P.M. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

The Days are partners in David Day & Associates, a Pendleton-based design firm that handles graphic, streetscape, structural, and product design, as well as historic architectural restoration.

The firm is responsible for such projects as the restoration of the former Cincinnati Enquirer office building at 617 Vine Street, the Over-the-Rhine gateway clock tower at the corner of Liberty Street and Reading Road, and the history mosaic installation at Findlay Market.

Previous reading on BC:
Betts House wants your ideas, time (7/6/10)
Lectures, tours coincide with Betts' multi-family housing exhibit (5/10/10)
Latest Betts House exhibit focuses on local apartment development (4/15/10)
'Holidays at the Betts House' runs through January 6 (12/2/09)
Betts House receives state award for 'Great Cincinnati Families' exhibit (11/16/09)