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Over The Rhine
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This neighborhood's distinctive name comes from its builders and early residents, German immigrants of the mid-19th century. Many walked to work across bridges over the Miami and Erie Canal, which separated the area from downtown Cincinnati. The canal was nicknamed "the Rhine" in reference to the Rhine River in Germany, and the newly settled area north of the canal as "Over the Rhine.

Believed to be the largest intact urban historic district in the United States, Over the Rhine, also known as OTR among locals, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It contains the largest collection of Italianate architecture in the United States, and is an example of an intact 19th-century urban neighborhood. Its architectural significance has been compared to the French Quarter in New Orleans, the historic districts of Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina, and Greenwich Village in New York City. The neighborhood was the nerve center of beer brewing during the late 1800’s.

Today, Over The Rhine is home to a thriving arts community, many unique boutique shops and exciting restaurants. The historic and architecturally significant Cincinnati Music Hall, home to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is located here, as is the historic Findlay Market. Washington Park has recently completed a major renovation and is now one of the premier outdoor destination in the city.

OTR hosts the annual Cincinnati May Festival, held at Music Hall, Bockfest, and the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The annual Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade begins its journey through downtown to Great American Ball Park at the Findlay Market.

For more information please visit: www.OTRChamber.com