OTR Should be a National Historic Landmark District

“It is the density coupled with the fact OTR was a port of entry for working class immigrants and transplants that makes it distinctive nationally…the concentration of 3-5 story tenements, many of them common walled, with first floor commercial, coupled withall the churches and cultural/institutional buildings…give OTR much of its identity. The fact that the first American Turnverein ,the first German Methodist Church [Nast] and the nation’s oldest large Music Hall are all in OTR and all have Germanic associations adds to national significance. I think a case can be made for NHL(National Historic Landmark status).”

Steve Gordon, Former Survey & National Register Manager

Ohio Historic Preservation Office

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