Germania Building Redux

Germania Building in Over-the-Rhine

When I documented the Germania Building in Over-the-Rhine back in October, I completely spaced on its tile details. Odd Cincy‘s recent post on swastika tile reminded me to post these photos.

Germania Building in Over-the-Rhine

Germania Building in Over-the-Rhine

Germania Building in Over-the-Rhine

Germania Building in Over-the-Rhine

Now, don’t get your panties in a bunch over the swastikas that grace the entrance; I’m pretty sure they have nothing to do with Nazi Germany. But, with a name like Germania, and with this tile detail, I can see why there was pressure to rename this building the Columbia.

Germania Building in Over-the-Rhine

Two other interesting exterior details:

Germania Building in Over-the-Rhine

Germania Building in Over-the-Rhine

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5 thoughts on “Germania Building Redux

  1. You know, I like that swastika pattern better than the one I photographed. The red frames add color and really highlight the swastikas.

    Still, if any building was going to remodel away the swastikas, you think it’d be the one named after Germany.

  2. These swastikas are oriented oppositely than those of Nazi Germany. So, you can rest assured that they have nothing to do with each other.

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  4. They are not swastikas. They are an old Catholic image representing the cross, broken by the power of Christ rising from the dead. Hitler used imagery that had been around for a long time and modified it to suit his purposes.

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