The street corner is one of many in Cincinnati with old buildings. Credit: Phil Armstrong
March 14, 2018

A Photographer Shows Us All Sides to Cincinnati

  • More: ReUrbanism
  • By: Meghan White
  • Photography: Phil Armstrong

Phil Armstrong's job as assistant editor for a local lifestyle website takes him all throughout the neighborhoods and surrounding areas of Cincinnati, Ohio, which conveniently presents perfect opportunities to take snapshots of the city that he loves.

"Rarely a week goes by where I'm not at two or three different places," Armstrong says. With his camera in tow, Armstrong has been capturing the many facets of Cincinnati—from places restored and places whose time haven't yet come, to historic sites across the river in Kentucky—and sharing them on his Instagram account, @cincyphil.

You might recognize one of his photos from the "This Place Matters" back page in the Winter 2018 issue of Preservation magazine. Here, Armstrong shares nine more photos he took of Cincinnati and its surroundings (some open to the public, some not) and explains why these places matter to him.

The 1920s yellow brick apartment building has Mediterranean influences. Credit: Phil Armstrong

This 1920s apartment building is in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Cincinnati. The building is right on the main road, but it's shrouded in greenery, making it feel private.

The water pumping station was meticulously restored about 10 years ago. Credit: Phil Armstrong

The city's Western Hills Pumping Station on Queen City Avenue is a functional space, but the glass block windows, while meant to conceal the machinery, let in natural light and beautifully illuminate the pumping equipment and the vibrant Art Deco interior.

Meghan White is a historic preservationist and an assistant editor for Preservation magazine. She has a penchant for historic stables, absorbing stories of the past, and one day rehabilitating a Charleston single house.

mwhite@savingplaces.org

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