University of Cincinnati Collections

The Terrace Plaza Hotel, located in downtown Cincinnati, was designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill and was the first building to bring widespread acclaim to that firm. When it opened in 1948 it was deemed to be the most progressive American hotel of its day. SOM designed everything for the hotel including the furniture, fabrics, uniforms, matchbooks, china, and silverware. The integration of modern art in the hotel's lobby and restaurants was heralded as wildly successful. The client, John Emery, a great benefactor to the city of Cincinnati, in addition to choosing the architecture firm, also had a hand in selecting the avant-garde artists: Alexander Calder, Joan MirĂ³, Saul Steinberg, and Jim Davis.

The Terrace Plaza Hotel Collection will grow; however initially it consists of a large set of architectural drawings that were found in the hotel's basement in 2011.

For more information about this collection, please consult with Elizabeth Meyer, VR Librarian. Use of this collection is guided by the University Libraries fair use policy for digital collections.