November 2012

What’s New · Vanishing Cincinnati Debut

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A launch celebrating the publishing debut of Vanishing Cincinnati, a compilation of the work of local artists David and Barbara Day, will take place at the Main Library on Sunday, December 2.

As part of the launch, a panel discussion featuring the Days and local historian and former Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Owen Findsen, will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the third floor study area adjacent to the Genealogy & Local History Department. Following the panel discussion, copies of Vanishing Cincinnati will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of the Friends of the Public Library.

About David and Barbara Day

For almost 50 years, the husband and wife partners of David Day, Designer & Associates, have worked as professional designers in Cincinnati. They have directed restorations of many Cincinnati landmarks, including the old Enquirer Building at 617 Vine Street. Today, their practice and studio is in the Pendleton Art Center in Over-the-Rhine.

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The Days' freehand working drawings for clients and contractors have become collectors items in their own right. Now many of these renderings, along with the Days' original drawings, which were completed independently of commissioned projects, have been collected in Vanishing Cincinnati.

About Vanishing Cincinnati

The images and stories here reconnect us with the city’s century of greatness, from 1850 to 1950, when the urban fabric was tightly woven with an eclectic mix of residential neighborhoods, parks, shops, and entertainment, all nestled within embracing hilltops, and with a street-level infrastructure that was both functional and inspirational. The city’s extraordinary diversity of architecture, old and new, side by side, brings the fourth dimension of time into an equation that ennobles and enriches the Queen City.

The Day’s freely drawn images in Vanishing Cincinnati breathe life into the idea that careful preservation of these venerable structures brings longevity and cultural richness to the heart of the city. It can happen here. It did happen here. And now, with the resurgence of creativity of all kinds in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine, it is happening again.

Enter the Vanishing Cincinnati Photo Contest!

How to Enter

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Hit the streets and photograph your favorite architectural artifact within the downtown basin and Over-the-Rhine. It could be a hand-carved archway, a ceramic mosaic, or stone lintel—just upload your pic onto the Library’s Facebook page or post it to Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest or Instagram along with the hashtag #VanishingCincy. Be sure to include a brief note about your photo and its location. Entries are due by Monday, November 26.


David and Barbara Day will judge the entries themselves for artistic merit, rarity of location, and interest. Winners will be announced at the Vanishing Cincinnati book launch on December 2.


1st Prize will win a signed copy of the new book, Vanishing Cincinnati. 2nd Prize will win a framed print from Vanishing Cincinnati. 3rd Prize will win a framed book plate proof from Vanishing Cincinnati.