The Cincinnati Preservation Association Honors CityBeat's Nick Swartsell for His Coverage of Historic Greenhills

It was a really good story

click to enlarge Greehills in the 1930s - Photo: Library of Congress
Photo: Library of Congress
Greehills in the 1930s

The Cincinnati Preservation Association, which promotes the "appreciation, protection and appropriate use and development of the Cincinnati region’s historic buildings, communities and landscapes," honored CityBeat reporter and News Editor Nick Swartsell for his coverage of the Village of Greenhills. He was given the Cincinnati Preservation Journalism Award on Nov. 24.

The CPA's Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards acknowledge "projects of extraordinary merit completed within the last two years in the areas of rehabilitation, adaptive use, restoration, outstanding accomplishment in preservation, special recognition, education and preservation journalism."

Ten awards were given including one for best Adaptive Reuse, which went to Comfort Station in Walnut Hills, and best Restoration, which went to the Woodward Theater's marquee. 

"The diversity of projects show how many people are doing amazing things with their old places. It is inspiring to be part of this community that is finding creative new uses for buildings and places other people made with such care," said CPA Executive Director Paul Muller in an announcement.

Swartsell's story on Greenhills, titled "An Incomplete Utopia," ran in January of this year and examined the legacy of the village, which was one of just three towns constructed by the federal government as a kind of social experiment. 

Of the story, CPA wrote:

The Village of Greenhills, a National Historic Landmark, was built as part of an ambitious plan that for a number of reasons never fulfilled its promise. Constructed in the Great Depression, it was one of three Utopian planned communities built by the federal government to create jobs, improve housing, build community and express the latest ideas in architecture and town planning. Eighty-one years later, the town struggles with disinvestment and threats of demolition while at the same time achieving local historic designation. CityBeat journalist Nick Swartsell’s in-depth article “An Incomplete Utopia: Looking at the Legacy of Greenhills,” brings the village’s poignant story to life in text and evocative photographs. 

Read Swartsell's full story at

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