In case you weren't aware-Memorial Hall was completed in 1908, by a famous local architect, Samuel Hannaford. I'd been in the building before, as an attendee at a dance in my early college years. Enough with the introductions, lets get on with some photos!
Here is a picture looking upwards from the bottom of the staircase.
There were a few fun things to note about the brunch. The first being that a very good friend of mine from high school was a volunteer at the brunch and circulated with a platter of sausage quarters and mustard.
There was a small brass ensemble that I'm told was made up of musicians also in the Sycamore Community Band.
No event I attend would ever be complete without a trip to the ladies room. Look at this lovely marble sink!
As you can see from the photo below, the auditorium wasn't exactly packed. But that's fine. It meant I got to sit in the fancy 'box seats.'
Depending on your familiarity with Cincinnati, you may or may not know that the city is undertaking a revival of Washington Park that involves building an underground parking garage. This is troubling if you are a long time Cincinnati resident, because Washington Park was a cemetery back in the 1800s.
Kevin informed us that records reported that all bodies had either been moved by loved ones and reinterred elsewhere, or were reinterred by the city in other locations. He said in 100% of the cases he has worked where records indicate no bodies will remain in a former cemetery...they always find bodies.
Low and behold...when they started to work, they immediately discovered human remains. I don't recall the exact number, but I believe it was estimated to be between 40 and 65 sets of remains...along with a number of extra hands and feet. That is frightening...because it means when people moved their loved ones they did not get all the pieces! Cremation starts to look pretty good when you hear about things like that...
Since all of the headstones had previously been removed, there is practically no way to determine who was left behind in the cemetery. Kevin talked about looking through the extensive records at Christ Church (I'm pretty sure this was the original name for St. Francis Seraph Church in OTR), but the records did not provide enough data.
They were able to positively identify one set of remains, those of a local actor's son. I think these were found during an earlier project and were just reburied. The funny thing about that is...the remains had a headstone buried with them. When they were exhumed again, the headstone was missing!! Crazy.
And the last really interesting story that Kevin told was the most intriguing. They found the remains of a woman buried face down in a coffin with steel spikes that pierced her body, covered with the remnants of a garment that had eyelets. Who knows what the story is behind that one. I'm betting it had to do with adultery...You should note that being buried face down is generally a sign of disrespect.
I can't wait to hear the full report once all the research is done!