Separating the Mariemont Church from the original Dale Park Square is a small, exquisitely land-scaped park named Dale Park Square Park. Like the larger, newer, main Mariemont Square, it also has a fountain, flowers, and benches in its center. It is an irregular shaped park that comes to a point at the end closest to the Dale Park Elementary School where there is located a large spruce tree which is decorated with lights in the winter and serves as the community’s Christmas tree and center for an annual winter holiday celebration with candles lighted the different paths of the park.
Opposite a park separating it from the Mariemont Community Church is the original or Dale Park Square consisting of muli-story buildings with retail on the ground level and apartments on the upper floors on the two sides of the square farthest from the park and church. Situated on the sidewalks outside of the buildings are benches for pedestrians to sit. Typical of John Nolen’s design style, the streets flowing into the square do so from the corners as opposed to the middle of the sides as is common. Also, typical of John Nolen’s design style, there is asymmetry in that streets flow into only 3 corners with the fourth corner being flat and fronting on the park separating it from the church. Only about a block up from the original town square was the streetcar line which residents could ride in order to shop or work in downtown Cincinnati.
Located immediately to the right and connecting with the grounds of the Mariemont Church is the Mariemont Dale Park Elementary School. On the side facing the church is a paved playground for basketball, hopskotch etc., while on the opposite side of the school is a lower level grass playground and ball field surrounded by trees. Running through this lower level playground and behind the school is a small stream with a picturesque stone bridge to cross it. This stream ultimately runs under Wooster Pike (Rt. 50) and cuts through Dogwood Park where the Mariemont Belltower is located on the opposite side of Wooster Pike. Where the stream begins on the opposite side is located a boat house which once had a lagoon in front of it where one could go canoeing or rowing in a rowboat.
Mariemont – Two Houses (Short Group) on Oak Street Opposite the Mariemont Church and Next to Dale Park Square•September 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment
Many of Mariemont’s streets were named after and featured one or another of a species of hardwood trees. This included Oak Street, Maple Street, Beech Street etc. Above are photographs of two houses on Oak Street. Mariemont required that all homes be designed by an architect with the result that, instead of repetitive styles of homes designed by a builder, all of Mariemont’s single-family homes reflect unique designs while Mariemont’s townhouses and apartments typically featured designs by renowned national architects.
Mariemont Recreation/Parish Center At End of Street Where Dale Park Elementary School and Mariemont Church Are Located•September 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment
While most of the public buildings in Mariemont are of English Tudor architectural design, the Mariemont Recreation/Parish Center is ot Italian Renaissance architectural design and is distinquished by its tall tower and red tile roof. It is located less than a block up from the Dale Park Elementary School and is located next to the Mariemont High School. While owned by the Mariemont Community Church, it is used for a wide variety of community functions including Boy Scout and other meetings, receptions, and as a community gathering point at Halloween for the children to receive cookies and cider while they turn in their donations collected for UNICEF. Adjacent to the Rec Center are community tennis courts, which are flooded in the winter to provide ice skating.