Camp Washington Historical Markers
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This project focused on the safety of pedestrians along the busy Spring Grove Avenue industrial corridor between Hopple and Draper Streets in Camp Washington. Sidewalks replacements along with bump outs were introduced to decrease crossing distances at intersections, and new historical signage was placed along the corridor to encourage pedestrian activity. The bump outs reutilized old granite pavers and blocks of granite curb. The seven historical markers pay tribute to the many industries and events that have shaped Camp Washington and continue to help the community thrive. The industrial character of the neighborhood became an especially significant factor in the selection of material for the markers. Weathered steel I-beams and bolts are suggestive of the products made in the metal foundries common throughout the neighborhood. The design team worked with over 30 residents and business owners, both former and current, to gather the information and photography needed to develop the narrative on each marker. Each location identifies a different aspect of the community’s history, such as the great 1937 Flood, its status as Porkopolis, the many metal working facilities, machine shops and more, including a tribute to Cincinnati's contributions to modern day fire-fighting. All in all, the project minimized the impact of such a wide, high traffic roadway by bringing the Camp Washington community together to share pride in their heritage and vision for their future.