Welcome to Cincinnati




  • 6:OO pm Welcome and Registration:
  • The Netherland Plaza (Hilton) Hotel, built in 1931

Cocktail reception and introduction to Art Deco Cincinnati by Stewart Maxwell, architect and preservation historian, our guide throughout the visit.

  • See the Orchids Restaurant, Hall of Mirrors, Pavilion Caprice, and other public function rooms.
  • Visit the adjoining Carew Tower Arcade that features ceramic tile work from the famed Rookwood Studios of Cincinnati.

Dinner on your own at the hotel or nearby restaurants around Fountain Square, the heart of downtown Cincinnati.


9:00 am Walking Tour of Downtown Cincinnati

  • View murals by Winhold Reiss rescued in the 1970s from the Cincinnati Union Terminal newly on display at the Cincinnati Convention Center.
  • Tour the Cincinnati Bell Telephone Building rarely opened to the public.

See Art Deco interior and exterior decorations

  • Tour the former Cincinnati Post – Times Star building now owned by Hamilton County administration.

Other landmarks include Shillito’s Department Store, Cincinnati Enquirer building; Plum Street Temple and the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains.

12:00 Lunch at Jean Robert’s Table, a French bistro restaurant from the city’s
pre-eminent chef Jean Robert Cavell.

1:30 pm   Afternoon motor coach tour to eastern Cincinnati

  • Visit to Lunken Airport Terminal Building, built 1936. First purpose built airport and birthplace of American Airlines. See the Cincinnati Aviation Heritage Society’s Museum and WPA murals.
  • Cincinnati’s Union Terminal.   Returning to downtown Cincinnati we will drive by a few more Art Deco landmarks before driving on to the Union Terminal, known now as the Cincinnati Museum Center.
  • Guests will be given restaurant recommendations within the Fountain Square district for dinner on their own.

TUESDAY MAY 9 Day long Motor Coach Tour

  • Visit to The Rauh House in Woodlawn, a north Cincinnati suburb. An International Style private residence designed by John Becker and recently renovated by Cincinnati Preservation.
  • Xavier University Alumni Center. The former Coca Cola Bottling Plant built in 1937 has been maintained as an Art Deco monument with distinctive architecture and mural paintings in the lobby.
  • Cincinnati Art Museum where curator Amy Dehan will welcome the group for a special tour of Art Deco furniture and objects in the museum’s American and European art collections.  

NOON: Lunch will be available on your own in the Museum’s café.  

  • See private homes that are clustered at an intersection in Clifton, a northern suburb near the University of Cincinnati.  One of these homes was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, while the others reflect the modern architectural style that became known as Art Deco. After this tour we will return to the hotel.
  • Cocktails and dinner will be offered to guests at the home of Len and Jakki Haussler, a Cincinnati couple who have restored a Victorian period stone mansion, Bishop’s Hall and filled it with their eclectic collection. The house was remodeled in the 1930s with attention paid to ceramic tiles in the bathrooms. Bishop’s Hall is typical of the mansions built in pre-WWI Cincinnati and there are more in this immediate area that we might drive by on the way to the Hausslers.

WEDNESDAY MAY 10 DEPARTURE FOR DETROIT  (OPTIONAL TRANSFER – purchase bus transfer in Cincinnati registration.)

Continue to Toledo, Ohio to visit the Toledo Art Museum and its outstanding new gallery for glass art. Lunch will be available at this museum.

Toledo, Ohio is about a one-hour drive from Detroit where we will end our day.

Cincinnati Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Reservations

Hotel accommodations are not included in the tour fees and are the responsibility of each participant. A block of rooms has been set aside for tour participants at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel,  35 W Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202 at the special rate of $155 plus taxes for single or double occupancy. The Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel is a National Historic Landmark and one of the finest examples of French Art Deco design in an American hotel.  To reserve a room at the discounted pre-tour rate use the following link provided by the hotel: https://aws.passkey.com/go/ICAMay17 

Rooms in this block include a choice of one Queen size or two Double beds.

ALSO, HILTON RESERVATIONS 800 CALL OPERATOR:  If you are more comfortable making your reservation via the phone, you can call the Hilton toll-free number (1-800-445-8667).  Our Group is listed as International Congress of Art Deco Societies and the group code is ICA which will help ensure you receive our group rate.

All reservations at the discounted group rate need to be confirmed by the group cutoff date of March 24, 2017.


As a Hilton hotel, all attendees who are Hilton Hhonors members will receive both points and miles for each night of their stay.  To enroll in the Hilton Hhonors program, dial 1-800-548-8690.  There is no charge for membership in this program.