The restoration in Columbia-Tusculum is preserving the distinctive historical character of the area. There's an abundance of old frame homes with high ceilings, wood floors, and many decorative elements like gingerbread and steam boat gothic. Stately Victorians are pleasantly situated on the hillside.In recent years, the addition of contemporary homes, condominiums, popular restaurants and meeting places have created an air of sophistication. Each building, old and new, has its own architectural integrity.
Cincinnati’s Oldest Neighborhood Founded as the settlement of “Columbia” by Benjamin Stites, with 26 settlers from New Jersey, in November 1788. It predated Losantiville (later, Cincinnati) by a month. Its annexation by Cincinnati (1873), qualifies this community as its first settlers. Initially sited on the low Ohio River flood plain, repeated flooding hindered the community’s ability to prosper.
There are quite a few interesting local small shops and restaurants located along Eastern Avenue and Riverside Drive (SR52). The Precinct (an iconic local steak house is located in a former police station) is a popular place to have a fine-dining experience. Approximately 10 minutes to the north is Hyde Park Plaza, Rookwood Commons and Rookwood Pavilion which serve all convenience needs. Fifteen minutes to the east is Anderson Towne Center which offers a wide selection of shops and services.
Schmidt Memorial Playfield, Turkey Ridge Playfield and Alms Park are located in Tusculum and offer a variety of activities. California Golf Course/Nature Preserve are located nearby. Marinas along the Ohio River provide excellent facilities for boating enthusiasts. Also nearby is Lunken Playfield which offers tennis, archery, golf and baseball. The Lunken Airport serves private planes.
The Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati is located in Columbia-Tusculum and presents programs and services such as musicals, dance, plays produced by the Irish American Theater Company as well as other live productions.
The Carnegie Center of Columbia-Tusculum is a non-profit community center where residents gather for meetings and cultural events.