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Mt. Washington Gateway

Mt. Washington Gateway

 Dedicated September 2010

The Project was managed by the MWCURC in cooperation with the City of Cincinnati and collaboration with the Mt. Washington Community Council. The monument rests on a portion of Stanbery Park. The Cincinnati Park Board and the Stanbery Park Advisory Committee were instrumental in this venture..

The monument was designed by the artist, Edward Casagrande, and a design team of Mt. Washington residents. The architectural team of Mark Macomber(Macomber Design Build) and Jim Frank (Frank Design Studio) designed the setting, administered and executed the project in conjunction with the artist, general contractor and subcontractors.

The monument is a gateway to the northern entrance to the Mt. Washington business district. The concave design welcomes. The monument langauge is our natural setting – the river, hills and sky of our region – while also paying homage to the iconic water tower, the beacon on the hill.

The Artist

Edward Casagrande

“I believe that through the design process, outlined in my proposal, there will be a final work that both celebrates the values and spirit of the community while establishing an iconic/ landmark gesture that will be woven into the community visual language. I feel that the dramatic and prime visual location along the hillside entry to Mt. Washington can deliver both the functional, required messaging and also symbolize the inherent character of the community.”

Artist’s Mission Statement

As  a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP), Edward Casagrande once envisioned turning steel into powerful archtectural expressions. While studying architecture, he developed a fascination with archeology and anthropology. Now equippped with these disciplines about culture, cultural artifacts, religious and spiritual notions, Edward began his exploration of symbology, riual, ceremony, and meaning. After nearly eleven years as an architectural designer, Edward changed his path and his life’s focus.

Edward’s design language is revealed through a simple mantra “earth,sky and in-between love!” His twelve years as a sculptor have gained him national recognotion by private, corporate and pulic at aficianados. Edward’s work at Procter and Gamble, Aveda Frederic’s, the Ronald McDonald House, ISI and many other commercial and residential locations.

The Design Team

Jim Frank

Jim operates Frank Design Studio, LLC, a Mt. Washington business. He is also a past president and current board member of the MWCURC. Jim has been active chairing he MWCURC Economic Developemt Committee and was an active participant in the 2007 Mt. Washington Comprehensive Plan process.

FRANK DESIGN STUDIO, LLC provides professional landscape architecture, site development, and land planning consulting services that offers creative and technically sound expertise in diverse markets for private and public clients. Mr. Frank offers a full range of land planning and design services that are carefully formulated to deliver creative, responsive, and efficient solutions for his clients. As a andscape architect, Mr. Frank has accumulated over 22 years of industry experience.

Mark Macomber

Mark has been active in the Mt. Washington community for almost 20 years. He is a past president and current board member of the Mt. Washington Community Council and current President of the MWCURC. Mark owns and operated Macomber Design Build

Macomber Design Build   Cincinnati’s emerging design build firm is leading the market in residential and commercial design options of the future, such as sustainable and universal design options and products. Macomber Design Build offers a variety of design, building, landscaping, and consulting services customized to fit every clients needs. Macomber Design Build specializes in: residential and commercial comprehensive renovations including; kitchens and baths , additions and whole house renovations, custom millwork and cabinetry, state of the art recording studios and media rooms, and outdoor living spaces and gardens. In addition to the myriad of design build services we provide, Macomber Design Build offers comprehensive consulting services including: real estate pre-purchase , residential and commercial pre-construction evaluations and feasibilities, universal and sustainable design and energy evaluations. Macomber Design Build is committed to designs that acheive more than just improved aesthetics. We strive to improve our clients’ quality of life by creating functional and quality living spaces throughout the home and workplace. Macomber Design Build’s unique approach to merging the design and construction phases of work into one streamlined process, produces higher quality outcomes for our clients while helping to control construction costs.

The City of Cincinnati

funding for the Gateway was provided through the City of Cincinnati, Neighborhood Business District Improvment Program. This program is adminstered by the Community evelopment Program of the City of Cincinnati. Funds were granted through a competitive process of peer review through the CNBDU, the Coalition of Neighborhood Business Districts United.

Final Note: The “Before Picture” – The Old Mt. Washington Gateway