Returning to the Betts House from January 10 through May 7, 2015
Come celebrate Cincinnati’s unique beer history at The Betts House! The Betts House is pleased to announce the return its 2013 exhibit, Bricks, Barrel Vaults, & Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries, on view from January 10 through May 7, 2015. Bricks, Barrel Vaults, & Beer is the first exhibit to explore the tunnels, breweries, buildings and people that made Cincinnati a leader in the 19th-century brewing industry. Through photos, charts and detailed narrative, the exhibit explains the technology and construction of Cincinnati’s breweries. Bricks, Barrel Vaults, & Beer also highlights the social and cultural influences that made Cincinnati a brewing destination, such as immigration and labor.
Why a beer exhibit? In the late 1890s, beer consumption in Cincinnati was two-and-a-half times the national average. To satisfy such a significant beer drinking community, the Cincinnati brewery industry grew to meet the demands, resulting in one of the largest collections of pre-Prohibition brewery buildings in the United States.
This exhibit was researched, written and curated by local experts, Steve Hampton, architect and executive director of the Cincinnati Brewery District Urban Redevelopment Corporation, and Michael Morgan, historian and author, “Over-the- Rhine, When Beer was King”.
Bricks, Barrel Vaults & Beer is created in partnership with The Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation and sponsored by the Josephine Schell Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee; the John Hauck Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, John W. Hauck, E. Allen Elliot, and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees; and the Ohio Humanities Council.
ABOUT THE BETTS HOUSE
Built in 1804, Ohio’s oldest brick house is located in the Betts-Longworth Historic District near downtown Cincinnati. The Betts House is a museum of the built environment, offering exhibits and programs exploring architecture, historic preservation, building trades, construction technologies, and building materials. Located two blocks west of Music Hall, at 416 Clark Street, the house is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, 12:30 – 5 p.m. Other days and times are available by appointment. Admission is $2 per person. Visit http://www.TheBettsHouse.org for more information.
The Betts House is owned by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Ohio (NSCDA-OH), a non-profit organization, founded in 1896, which promotes our national heritage through historic preservation and education. In 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation presented their prestigious Trustee Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites to The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America “for acquiring, restoring, and interpreting a collection of historic properties that offer invaluable opportunities to experience the rich variety of America’s heritage.”