Construction After Reconstruction: Eden Park Filtration Testing

The Water Works in Eden Park served as the testing site for one of the most important innovations in water treatment during the progressive era.  George Warren Fuller, one of the founders of modern sanitary water treatment, did tests just below the Eden Park Reservoir, developing the exiting new technique of “Rapid Sand Filtration.” The[…]

Construction during Reconstruction: Mt. Auburn Reservoir

In 1867, Cincinnati began construction of the new reservoir in Eden Park, Walnut Hills, to provide a generous, high-pressure supply of water to the residents and businesses in the city’s basin. Yet the established community in Mt. Auburn, and the scattered residents of Walnut Hills south of McMillan Street around the Episcopal Church of the[…]

Construction during Reconstruction: Eden Park Reservoir Effluent Pipe

Walnut Hills, behind Mt Adams as seen from downtown Cincinnati, faces the Ohio River on one side and the Deer Creek ravine down to the city in the basin on the other. The new Eden Park reservoir, with the first half filled in 1875, lay on the river side, convenient for pumping water in from[…]

Construction during Reconstruction: Eden Park Reservoir Influent Pipe

The Eden Park Reservoir Project began in 1866 with the construction of huge retaining walls to support the reservoir. A second front was opened in order to bring water from the river to the reservoir — the “influent pipe”. The Water Works had since the 1820’s pumped its supply from the Ohio River just upstream[…]

Construction during Reconstruction: Eden Park Reservoir Walls

Cincinnati’s topography, with the original city in the river basin expanding to increasing elevations up the surrounding hills, presented a problem for the design of water supplies. The Queen City actually had a municipal water supply from the 1830’s, quite a progressive public service. The most basic principle of hydraulic engineering is that water flows[…]

Construction After Reconstruction: Eden Park Pump House and Water Tower

Before leaving aside the Eden Park Reservoir to consider other construction in Walnut Hills during Reconstruction, we’ll pause to consider a couple of other Water Works projects in the Park carried out later in the nineteenth century. The Reservoir had plenty of capacity for the city’s needs, but that water of course had to be[…]

Washington Terrace

Model Home by Schmidlapp Jacob Schmidlapp talked some of his friends into joining him in financing a half-million-dollar joint stock company called the Cincinnati Model Homes Company. Like his earlier housing ventures, the company sought to provide decent affordable housing for low-wage workers. The largest projects built by Model Homes went on previously vacant land[…]

Shoe Manufacturing

Walnut Hills played a significant early role in Cincinnati’s important shoe and boot manufacturing. Three concerns active in the 1870’s, all run by English immigrants, illustrate the large-scale industrialization of the industry. Quintin Eagle on Elmwood Av. (later Alms Place) manufactured shoe uppers from the 1870’s though the ‘90’s – a specialization that only made[…]