It’s our Day 154 of “365 Things to do in Cincinnati” and today we are visiting a downtown icon, Dixie Terminal.
Originally built as a transportation hub, Dixie Terminal opened in 1921. At the time it had more square footage than any other downtown building. It was originally built as a terminal for the streetcar traffic that came and went in and out of Cincinnati and also included office space. Tenants in the office space included the prominent Cincinnati Stock Exchange.
The attention to detail and brilliant artwork that went into Dixie Terminal is phenomenal. Trimmed in Rookwood tiles at the front door (seen above), the front doors to the building lead into the most incredible two story lobby (called the arcade).
Full of marble and glass, the arcade is a polished and vibrant glimpse into the past. The building is incredibly well maintained and looks as if it was recently constructed. It is impeccably clean and polished.
You can walk right into the building and gawk like we did. We even walked upstairs to view the ceiling from the second story (which I highly recommend). Just keep in mind that business does still operate out of this building as it does house lots of office space.
And we even took a short trip down the steps into the lower level (as seen in the picture above). There’s not much to see down there now but one can only imagine what a vibrant place this must have been in the 1920′s.
Dixie Terminal is located at 41-53 East Fourth Street downtown.
Do you have any Dixie Terminal history to share? It was incredibly hard to find anything other than a few snippets of information. I’d love to know more about it!