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Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown

506 East 4th Street · Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 USA

History of The Phelps Building & Lytle Park


Area Historic Attractions

Located in the heart of historic downtown Cincinnati, the Residence Inn Cincinnati, is the perfect place to rest before and after taking in such sites as the famed Lytle Park and The Taft Museum in downtown Cincinnati. Take a moment to review a few of the important historic points of interest in and around our hotel. For detailed information and a walking tour of the area please see the brochure to the right.

Lytle Park

Directly across from the Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown is Lytle Park, once the site of the mansion of General William H. Lytle, the first Surveyor-General of the Northwest Territory and the State of Ohio. In the park stands an 11-foot statue of Abraham Lincoln, a gift from Charles Phelps Taft to commemorate the centenary of Lincoln's birth. The Lytle Park is on the National Register of Historic Places and also contains numerous historical markers with information and stories of the neighborhood. Lytle Park is also the only park in the United States to be built over an interstate road system, the tunnel for the Northeast Expressway (I-71) lies directly beneath the grounds.

The Phelps Building

The Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown is housed in the historic Phelps Apartment building. The building was constructed in 1926 by Charles Phelps Taft, half-brother of President William Howard Taft as a way to encourage his downtown business associates to live downtown instead of migrating to the suburbs. People of money lived on 4th street, and the style of the building reflected their affluent tastes. The buildings tenants were the families of many prominent business people of the city, including President William Howard Taft.

The Taft Museum

Adjacent to the Residence Inn Cincinnati downtown is The Taft Museum, once the Taft Mansion. Built around 1820, the home housed Cincinnati's first banker and Cincinnati's first millionaire before becoming the home of Anna and Charles Taft. In 1908, Charles's half-brother, William Howard Taft, was notified of his nomination for President of the United States under the portico of the house. The Tafts willed their historic home and their private collection of 690 works of art to the people of Cincinnati in 1927. After extensive remodeling, the house opened as The Taft Museum in 1932 and today is regarded as one of the country's finest small art museums.

History of The Phelps Building & Lytle Park