Starting off the new year with a look back… Canal at Vine Street Circa 1900 was painted in 2007 by Michael Blankenship and a team of ArtWorks apprentices. This mural is based on a historic photograph taken near this site. Note the future ghost signs on the buildings!
The mural shows Central Parkway when it was the Miami & Erie Canal, which separated downtown Cincinnati from the northern part of the basin, earning that German-settled neighborhood the name Over-the-Rhine.
Michael Blankenship is a professional scenic artist who had worked on performances at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. He now teaches at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
The mural is located on the side of the former Barlow Motors Building on the corner of Race St. and Central Parkway. The building now houses Elementz, an Over-the-Rhine-based organization dedicated to engaging inner city youth through innovative hip hop and urban arts programs, leadership development and community connections.