Public Art

The Cincinnati Strong Man: Henry Holtgrewe

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In partnership with 3CDC & Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce. This mural celebrates Henry Holtgrewe, one of Cincinnati’s most colorful characters.  A German immigrant, local entrepreneur, and resident of OTR, Henry was touted as the world’s strongest man.  This bold mural design draws inspiration from turn-of-the-century commercial advertisements, catching the eye with ornate details that recall the Italianate architectural style of the surrounding neighborhood.  Panels of text in the center recall the folklore surrounding Henry and his beloved Over-the-Rhine community.  Illustrations feature his remarkable appearance and amazing feats of strength, including the time he lifted the entire Reds baseball team with his back!  ArtWorks is proud to present this mural to the OTR community in honor of Henry Holtgrewe and all of his descendants who still call Cincinnati home today.


Special Thanks to Over-the-Rhine Community Housing & Duncanson Lofts Condominiums.

Jason Snell
1215 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Max Manning

Isaiah Berry
Kimmia Crossty
Caleb Francis
Taylor Helms
Evan Mauntel
Will Moore
Zulma Rosales
Inaya Smith-Sellers
Justin Taylor

The City of Cincinnati
The George and Margaret McLane Foundation
Dustin Miller
Jonathan Powell
American Scaffolding Inc.
ArtWorks Adopt-an-Apprentice Campaign Contributors
ArtWorks Board of Trustees
William P. Anderson Foundation
Kym and Jim Dunbar
The Proud Descendants of Henry Holtgrewe
Lauren Hannan Hudson
Oliver Family Foundation
J. David and Dianne Rosenberg
Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee
Andy Smith Apprentice Fund
Ellen Pease and Clark Sole
Marcia Spaeth
Martha Spitzmueller

The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Ohio Arts Council

Emily Howard and Evan Hildebrandt