Public Art

The Roots of Vision

This mural is an ode to the rich history and mythology that surrounds Mount Adams, the neighborhood that was formerly known as Mt. Ida. The mural uses a combination of colorful Rookwood tile and vibrant paint to honor the visionaries that founded, lived in and helped Mount Adams grow into the thriving neighborhood that it is today.

The figures featured in the mural are (from left to right): millionaire and innovative horticulturalist Nicholas Longworth; Rookwood Pottery founder and the first female international entrepreneur in the United States, Maria Longworth Storer; Cincinnati’s first Catholic Archbishop, John Baptist Purcell; Ormsby M. Mitchell, who built the nation’s first observatory; and pioneer woman Ida Martin, herself.


In partnership with Mt. Adams Civic Association. Special thanks to Towne Properties and Jim Steiner.



1136 St. Gregory Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Ximena Flores
Lisa Merida-Paytes

Andy Crusham
Madeline Delgado
Julian Gregory
Virginia Johnson
Lauren Jones
Alex Logsdon
Tam Nguyen
Sean Redmond
Theodore Simon
Jazmin Smith

Mayor Mark Mallory
City of Cincinnati
The P&G Fund
Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Bank, Trustee
ArtWorks Adopt-an-Apprentice Contributors
ArtWorks Board of Trustees

Haile Foundation
Ohio Arts Council

Tina Westerkamp