Dixie Terminal Building Interior

When I documented the facade of the Dixie Terminal Building a few months ago, I knew I had to return at some point to photograph the interior. Here are some photos of the lobby, frolicking cherubs and all.


17 thoughts on “Dixie Terminal Building Interior

  1. great shots of a great building. The barrel vaulted ceilings, in particular, remind me of a scaled down and slightly less grandiose version of the amazing Fisher Building in Detroit.

    The owner of the Dixie was reportedly quite the demanding taskmaster. We went on a tour a few years back of what was his then-home in North Avondale (circa 1920 or so). The home was amazing, and they had a huge collection of all of the correspondence between the owner/taskmaster and the architects, builders etc.(owner has it built to specifications). Pretty interesting insight into a clearly obsessive perfectionist…as reflected in both his home as well as the Dixie Terminal.

  2. Yeah, it’s all really gorgeous and has so much detail! Although, the frolicking cherubs on the ceiling are about as appropriate as the nipples in City Council’s chambers. For such a famously conservative town, there’s way too much skin showing in these decorative details!

    Randy, I think mail chutes are the coolest. I want one in my house.

  3. I am just old enough to remember riding the TANK buses from KY into Dixie Terminal. I was a little kid, so of course, riding buses up into the air on those little ramps directly into the building was the coolest thing.

  4. Lovely photos of some great interiors. I always though the outside was a little bland. Maybe that was the idea – to wow you on the inside.

  5. Would love to see more photos, especially of the bus terminal section, and find more history on this building, like when did TANK stop coming in? They re-did the lobby of this building to shoot “Rainman” when I was working there. Great building!

  6. Trish, this isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, but here is a bit of trivia regarding the interior of the building. I’d love to have the opportunity to tour and shoot other parts of this building; maybe one day…

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  9. I actually work in this building on the eighth floor, the building (the whole block actually) is owned by Carl Linder, owner of American Financal Group who also had part ownership in the Cincinnati Reds, hence Great American Ballpark. This building is very popular for wedding pictures and others of the sort. The thing that drives me crazy about this place is that the building crew treats this building like it is modualr. They are forever putting up and tearing down walls and adding offices where there were none. I’ll miss this building when we move down to the new tower being built a couple blocks away.

  10. Wow. As you can see from my posts about this building, I’ve only checked out its public areas, but it doesn’t surprise me that the office spaces have been cut up in the way you described. So, I take it that you’re moving into the Great American Tower?

  11. You are correct about moving to the tower. We all can’t wait to move there. If you happen to head back into the building take a walk down the staircase and see the concourse level. Although not nearly as breathtaking as the first floor the stair well is cool to see as well. Also the stairs heading upto the second floor is well crafted too. Mr. Linder takes good care of this building and had the marble treated twice a year to keep it looking brand new. It is worth mentioning that it will not be vacated when American Finacal Group moves. The building will still be filled with AFG people. Although there are no shots of the main door from the outside, the tile above the door was made from a local company that is long gone. That makes that tile priceless and very, very rare.

  12. Chris, I love the detailing in the Dixie Terminal so much that I’ve photographed parts of what’s open to the public two other times — exterior facade and more interior shots. I also shared a bit of information about an artist who worked on the interior.

    The exterior tiles are by Rookwood Pottery, which was long gone but has now been resurrected. It is headquartered in OTR, a bit north of Findlay. Near the Dixie Terminal, you can also see Rookwood tile on the former Gidding-Jenny facade and inside Carew Tower.

    Those are old examples, but Rookwood has recently been putting its tile into area condo buildings. If you like the old work, I’m sure you’ll appreciate their new offerings, a mix of historic molds and glazes and also new work that continues its tradition of innovation.

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