— Charles Dickens, excerpt from American Notes
Mt. Auburn is Cincinnati’s first hilltop neighborhood, often referred to as Cincinnati’s first suburb. It was originally home to wealthy Cincinnatians who wanted to escape the overcrowded, dirty conditions of the city. Known for its panoramic views of Cincinnati, the Ohio River and Northern Kentucky, it is one of Cincinnati’s oldest and most interesting neighborhoods.
Notable houses of Federal, Greek Revival, Italian Villa, Romanesque Revival, and Georgian Revival styles line the historically significant streets of Auburn, Dorchester and Taft. The houses date from 1819 to the turn of the century and are associated with the prominent Cincinnatians who built them. Arguably one of the most noteworthy of the Mt. Auburn houses is the William Howard Taft House, a National Historic Landmark and Cincinnati’s only National Park site.