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Building on its mission of engaging the public with contemporary art and supporting the revitalization of American downtowns, 21c Museum Hotels renovated the 100-year-old Metropole Hotel building—a historic landmark in downtown Cincinnati—restoring it into a contemporary art museum and cultural center in the heart of Cincinnati’s Backstage District.
Located across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts and next to the Contemporary Arts Center, 21c Cincinnati features 8,000 square feet of exhibition, meeting and event space presenting rotating curated exhibitions, dynamic site-specific art installations and exciting cultural programs. Exhibition space is open to the public free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The property also features Metropole restaurant, which offers a contemporary take on old world fireplace cooking techniques. Led by executive chef Michael Paley, the menu focuses on dishes cooked in a custom-built, wood-burning hearth. A showcase for the region’s sustainable farmers and producers, Metropole’s well-edited and ever changing menu features hearth roasted meats, fish and vegetables; grains; and housemade charcuterie. The beverage menu highlights American and international craft brewers, innovative cocktails, Bourbon and a smart selection of old and new world wines.
21c was designed by Architect Deborah Berke and was restored following federal standards for historic rehabilitation. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and many of its original features were preserved including a sweeping staircase leading to the second floor ballroom and the original mosaic tile floors in the restaurant and elevator lobby. Our team of design professionals worked to design a space that respects and preserves the character of this once grand hotel, while creating a space to show the work of living artists.