Terrace Park and the Arts

Charles Meurer Painting in the TPHS GalleryWho doesn’t enjoy a visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum on a cold winter day? But, it’s a long drive, especially in the snow. Don’t you wish there was an art museum right here in Terrace Park?

Well, there is. The Terrace Park Historical Society maintains an art gallery full of beautiful and interesting works, all donated by past and current Terrace Park residents. Not quite as enormous as the one in Eden Park, but quite spectacular in its own way, the TPHS Gallery is located in our headquarters on the lower level of St. Thomas Church.

For a small community, Terrace Park is home to a surprising number of professional artists, including painters, sculptors, graphic designers, photographers, authors, book illustrators, weavers, miniaturists and more. There is no obvious reason for this, but one of our residents, painter David Laug, observed that Terrace Park has a wonderful “quality of light”, perhaps due to its location.

Although no one knows when the first creative residents arrived here, one of the earliest and most famous was Charles Meurer, a nationally known artist who lived in Terrace Park from 1906 until 1954 and built several houses on Miami Avenue. Several of Meurer’s works are displayed at the Cincinnati Art Museum and we are proud to include one in our Gallery.

Our photographer, Gregg Smith has provided a few pictures to give you a taste of what awaits you in our Gallery, which is open to visitors on Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm. You are also welcome to contact us and we will be glad to show you around at another time. We can be reached at 248-1777 or by email at tphistoricalsociety@gmail.com.
We hope you are inspired to visit our Gallery and see what your talented neighbors have been up to!

And, please consider joining our organization and help us preserve Terrace Park’s unique heritage. More information may be found on our website, tphistoricalsociety.org.

(Reprinted with permission from the January 2015 issue of “A Walk in the Park” Magazine)