The Terrace Plaza Hotel: History of a Modern Landmark

Cincinnati Book Publishing (CBP) has published " Cincinnati's Terrace Plaza Hotel: An Icon of American Modernism" by University of Cincinnati DAAP graduate Shawn Patrick Tubb. Cincinnati Art Museum director Aaron Betsky wrote the foreword, which aptly describes the Terrace Plaza's leadership position in the Modernist art and architecture movement in the U.S. after World War II.


The manuscript won CBP's 2013 Young Voices Publication Award, which was sponsored by Judge Mark and Sue Ann Painter. Sponsors for the print edition are Erica Stoller of Esto Photgraphics, the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, and FotoFocus. Book sales benefit the Cincinnati Art Museum and Cincinnati Preservation Association.  The book won the 2013 Education Award from Cincinnati Preservation Association. 

While the Terrace Plaza Hotel was celebrated in its time, its significance has been all but forgotten in our own. Tubb reintroduces the young designers, famous artists, and ingenious builders who collaborated to produce this radically new mixed-use complex. The star is pioneering woman architect Natalie de Blois, who waited 60 years to be recognized for her work. The story of her first-time, CPA-sponsored visit to Cincinnati is a moving one.

Books are available for purchase and autograph by the author at the Bookseller on Fountain Square, Joseph Beth Booksellers, the Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, Urban Eden, Park + Vine, and from the publisher. See for details.


Cincinnati's Terrace Plaza Hotel: An Icon of American Modernism by Shawn Patrick Tubb. Foreword by Aaron Betsky
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-9894271-8-0// $23.95
Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9894271-5-9 // $14.95
Prices listed do not reflect applicable retail tax or shipping costs
144 pages, 16-page color section, 7x10. Bibliography, notes, and index.
Available November  at Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Preservation Association, The Bookseller on Fountain Square, Contemporary Arts Center, Urban Eden, Joseph Beth Booksellers, and online at, and
Call Cincinnati Book Publishing, 513-3o4-3633 for quantity orders.

About The Author

Shawn Patrick Tubb has a master's degree in architecture and a master's degree in community planning (both from the University of Cincinnati), and a bachelor's degree in film production (Bowling Green State University). He works for American Scenic Design, Inc. in Pasadena. A panel of distinguished judges selected Mr. Tubb's work for the Young Voices Publication Award. Manuscripts were judged on literary quality, originality, substance, style, and reader appeal.

About Cincinnati Book Publishing

Cincinnati Book Publishing directs locally-sourced, collaborative work by Greater Cincinnati's exceptional writers, editors, designers, printers, and bookbinders in its publication of quality nonfiction, fiction, picture books, and art books for adults and children. CBP is committed to sustainable practices.

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