In 2010, a plant-covered, 7,600-square-foot green roof was installed at Cincinnati Museum Center as part of a $10 million restoration of Union Terminal’s Cincinnati Dining Room and Historic Dining Rooms.
Green roofs have many benefits: They absorb rainwater, provide insulation and help lower urban air temperatures. The cost of installing a green roof is equivalent to installing a top-of-the-line 30-year roof. A green roof was selected because of the environmental benefits and evidence that shows this roof type lasts longer and stays in better condition than a traditional roof.
The restoration project, known as Project 1, was the first major phase of the total renovation of Union Terminal. Project 1 also included the repair of roofing, steel columns, flashing, masonry, window lintels, windows and building systems and the restoration of interior finishes and historic Pierre Bourdelle murals to their original luster. Without Project 1, damage to historic Union Terminal would have only grown worse and more expensive. With these renovations, Museum Center continues to support the interpretation of the Union Terminal building as its largest artifact.
Project 1 was graciously funded by multiple avenues including a portion of the 2004 levy approved by Hamilton County voters, the State of Ohio through the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, the City of Cincinnati, the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. National Parks Service through a Save America’s Treasures Grant, an in-kind donation from Bohlke Veneer Company, in memory of Marc Bohlke, and an anonymous donation.