October 10, 2001

Millard Rogers� New Book Brings Mariemont�s History

to Life at the Mariemont Branch Library (November 3)


To city planners, landscape architects, and historians, John Nolen is as important a figure in design and planning as was Frederick Law Olmsted, Jens Jensen, or Lewis Mumford.� Scholars, however, have only recently begun to explore the extensive Nolen archives.� Relying on rarely published materials from these archives and other sources, John Nolen and Mariemont: Building a New Town in Ohio details the planning and initial development of the community of Mariemont, outside Cincinnati.� Hired by philanthropist Mary Emery, Nolen worked to transform farmland into a community of mixed-income housing complete with commercial space, playgrounds, and a village green.


Rogers, who holds a M.A. in art history from the University of Michigan and served for 20 years as Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, will discuss his new book at the Mariemont Branch Library on Saturday, November 3 at

10:30 a.m.� A book signing will follow and his book will be available for purchase through the Friends of the Public Library.


This is the first book to examine the planning and building of Mariemont and one of the few books to focus on the process of American town planning in the early twentieth century. Regarded in the 1920s as an exemplar of planned communities, Mariemont remains one of America's most livable suburbs and has drawn great interest from the New Urbanism movement.

√Information about events at the Main Library and 41 branch libraries is available on the Internet site: www.CincinnatiLibrary.org.� Interpreter available upon request for the hearing impaired. Please call 369-6944 (TDD 369-6946) at least one week before program.