Best Of 2018

Best Photographic Tribute to a Lost Neighborhood: Finding Kenyon Barr

763 Barr Street in 1959
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Cincinnati Museum Center // Cincinnati History Library & Archives
763 Barr Street in 1959

Kenyon-Barr was a densely urban section of the West End where thousands of buildings were demolished in the late 1950s for “urban renewal” and the creation of I-75. But before that happened, the city took 2,800 photos documenting what would be gone — often with an employee standing in front holding a sign while curious residents watched. In the exhibit Finding Kenyon Barr, University of Cincinnati doctoral student Anne Steinert and volunteers selected and enlarged 39 of those. Besides being a sobering history lesson, the exhibit took on a surreal, artful dimension as you watched the blasé employees with their signs interrupt everyday life as if stepping onto the stage during a play. And soon, everything photographed would be no more. Finding Kenyon Barr, facebook.com/findingkenyonbarr.