Directly across from the Phelps Building (the Residence Inn) is Lytle Park, once the site of the mansion of General William H. Lytle, first Surveyor-General of the Northwest Territory and the State of Ohio. In the park stands a statue of Abraham Lincoln, a gift from Charles Phelps Taft to commemorate the centenary of Lincoln’s birth. The statue was unveiled by William Howard Taft in 1917 and was not initially well received by Cincinnatians due to the statue’s weary portrayal of the man. The Corporal Merrill Laws Ricketts Marine Corp Memorial was dedicated to the Marines of Hamilton County. The site of this memorial was once the home of the family of President William Howard Taft. A wall displaying 9 historical markers tells the many stories of the neighborhood.
In the 1940s, a national system of highways to connect all cities was approved. As part of the plan for Cincinnati, the Northeast Expressway (I-71) was slated to run through Lytle Park. Many years of dispute over the need to protect the historical neighborhood resulted in a plan to tunnel the highway under the park. Western & Southern used its resources to save the park and paid to cover the highway. Lytle Park became the only park to be built over an interstate road system, one of many firsts for Cincinnati. The area is on the National Register of Historic Places.