Mt Airy Forest added to National Register of Historic Places            

Mt. Airy Forest, and much of the Cincinnati Park System as a whole, has been documented to be historically significant. The recent placement of  Mt. Airy Forest on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service is a way of recognizing this importance...a fitting way to celebrate its 100th Annniversary!

The National Register is a prestigious list of the country’s most significant historic sites. Mt. Airy Forest is now officially recognized as nationally significant. Historic documentation of the entire Cincinnati Park system provided part of the context for the listing of Mt. Airy Forest, recognizing the historic significance of the Cincinnati Park system as a whole, setting the stage for future nominations of either individual sites within the park system, or multiple sites.

The documentation of Mt. Airy Forest found that the period of significance was 1911-1959, and that it is significant for numerous reasons, including that the park:

  •  Is the firMt. Airy Forestst, or one of the first, municipal reforestation projects in the nation
  •  Is known for its depression-era development under federal WPA and CWA programs
  • Is significant for its employment of African-American Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) labor that provided the manpower to build much of the park (and who were stationed in the park)
  •  Has landscape architecture significance through its association with noted early 20th Century designer, George Kessler and State Forester, Edmund Secrest
  •  Has architecture of the "rustic" design mode
  • Features remarkable quality craftsmanship of its buildings and its association with R. Carl Freund, the Cincinnati Park Board's most prolific architect and designer of 37 park buildings between 1930 and 1959.