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Cincinnati Zoo Historic Structures

Cincinnati, Ohio
County of Hamilton.
Vicinity of 3400 Vine Street
National Register Number: 87000905
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Educational facility - related. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: OH-1 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: zoo.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 27, 1987):
The second oldest zoo in the United States, it opened to the public in September 1875. Significant for the antiquity and richness of its collections and for its efforts in the propagation and nurture of rare and endangered species, it was well-known as the home of "Martha" the last passenger pigeon. The Aviary, where she lived, and the original Monkey House and Herbivore (Elephant) House are the zoo's earliest surviving structures.

Concern was expressed about the roof on the elephant house, especially in the rotunda area. There is also some concern over the roof and windows at the reptile house. General maintenance is needed at the passenger pigeon memorial.

A new outdoor facility is being built to accomodate a bull elephant.

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