Cincinnati’s Elsinore Arch


I work next to a castle. Kids dig it. So do photo-taking tourists. Below is a then-and-now slide show followed by a little history on the “castle” located on Gilbert Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“The Elsinore Arch (sometimes called Elsinore Castle, or Elsinore Tower) is an impressive stone entrance to Eden Park, with steep stairs leading to the Cincinnati Museum of Art. It was designed by Charles B. Hannaford in 1883 as a result of the Kronborg Castle backdrop for Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ at Music Hall. It was not only intended as an impressive entrance, but also a means for the Cincinnati Water Works to extend the water main supply tunnel, which started at a reservoir in Eden Park. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.”

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