Mt. Airy Water Tower, Manse Hotel become historic landmarks

Two familiar spots in Cincinnati are a step closer to becoming recognized as historic landmarks. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Two familiar spots in Cincinnati are now being recognized as historic landmarks.

The Mt. Airy water tower was built in 1927 and at the corner of Colerain Avenue and North Bend Road. The tower, often referred to as "The Castle," is still a functioning water tower and was in danger of being torn down.

The Water Works now has a plan to preserve and restore the complex. On Tuesday, the city's Economic Growth and Zoning Committee unanimously voted to grant the water tower historic landmark status.

The Manse Hotel was also approved as a historic landmark at Tuesday's meeting. The Walnut Hills building was once a place to stay for African-Americans. They were not allowed to stay in hotels downtown because of segregation.

Preservationists want the building granted landmark status because of its background.

Full city council approved the designations Wednesday.

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