Findlay Market

Findlay Market Building

Findlay Market, from Elm Street
Location Esplanade at Elder St., between Elm and Race Sts., Cincinnati, Ohio
Coordinates 39°6′55″N 84°31′9″W / 39.11528°N 84.51917°W / 39.11528; -84.51917Coordinates: 39°6′55″N 84°31′9″W / 39.11528°N 84.51917°W / 39.11528; -84.51917
Built 1852
Architect Williams,Adams & Co.
Architectural style Italianate
NRHP Reference # 72001020[1]
Added to NRHP June 5, 1972

Findlay Market in historic Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio, is the state's oldest continuously operated public market.[2] The Findlay Market Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on June 5, 1972.[1] The market is the last remaining of the nine that once served Cincinnati.


Findlay Market was founded in 1852, on land donated by the estate of General James Findlay and his wife Jane Irwin Findlay. Built with the new iron framework technology, this was one of the earliest structures in the nation in which that technique was used, and one of the few remaining.[3] The market bell from Pearl Street Market, Cincinnati's first market house, now hangs in Findlay Market's bell tower.[4]

The market is located north of downtown Cincinnati in Over-the-Rhine, an historic neighborhood known for its dense concentration of Italianate architecture. Open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday, Findlay Market has more than about three dozen indoor merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, and ethnic foods.

On Saturdays and Sundays from March to December, the Market hosts a farmers' market and other outdoor vendors, street performers, and special events. The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade for the Cincinnati Reds is an annual Cincinnati tradition. Findlay Market is a gathering place for people from all over the city. It routinely attracts crowds that are socially, economically, racially, and ethnically diverse.

Market District Development

The Findlay Market district is a center of economic activity in Over-the-Rhine. Cincinnati City Council named The Corporation for Findlay Market its Preferred Developer for 39 city-owned properties near the market in June 2006.[5]

In 2010, the market became 100% occupied and continues to grow. In 2004, the City of Cincinnati completed a $16 million renovation of the market.[6]

In popular culture

Johnny Cash visits Findlay Market in a scene of the movie The Pride of Jesse Hallam.[7] Findlay Market is mentioned in "Oh, Cincinnati," a song by the local band The Seedy Seeds.[8]



  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. Tilton, Liz (2009). "Cincinnati's Historic Findlay Market". Arcadia Publishing. p. 7. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  3. "History", Findlay Market Website, accessed 22 Jun 2010
  4. Crocker, Mary Beth (Oct 2003). "Findlay Market's Bounty". Cincinnati Magazine. p. 34. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  5. "Market District Development". Findlay Market. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  6. Monk, Dan. "Merchants finding retail space scarce at Findlay Market". Cincinnati Business Courier. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  7. Lind, Steven J. Rolfes, Douglas R. Weise, Phil (8 February 2016). Cincinnati Theaters. Arcadia Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-4671-1524-7.
  8. "Oh, Cincinnati". The Seedy Seeds. Retrieved 27 December 2013.

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