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Oakley, a middle-class neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio was originally known as “Four Mile,” and was a popular stop in the mid-1800s for travelers along the Madison Turnpike, now Madison Road. Its name refers to the many oak trees in the area.
The Geier Esplanade, commonly known as Oakley Square and Oakley’s central business district, was created when two parcels of land were donated by the Geier family in 1927 and were converted into green space. The Geier family continues to care for the space with flowers and bulbs planted each year in the memory of family members now deceased. Oakley Square is pedestrian-friendly and transit-oriented, located in the center of Oakley along several bus routes.
During the 1890s the community began to grow; the Cincinnati Milling Machine Company, often referred to as “the mill,” moved to Oakley in 1905. Although the mill has since closed, work is underway on a new mixed-use development on its 75-acre site which will include a movie theater, apartments, office and retail space and a restaurant.
Since Oakley was annexed to the city of Cincinnati in 1913, the neighborhood has developed a number of popular landmarks, including the Aglamesis Brothers Ice Cream Parlor and the 20th Century Theatre.
The ice cream parlor was opened in 1913 by Thomas Aglamesis, who left his home in Greece in the late 1800s and settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. Built with marble imported from Portugal and embellished with exotic Tiffany lamps and an authentic player piano, the store was — and is — a charming gathering place. It has been written up in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Bon Appetite and Chocolatier. The Oakley Ice Cream parlor remains virtually unchanged and is considered by many to be one of the very last original ice cream parlors.
The 20th Century Theater is a distinctive Oakley landmark with its 72-foot tower rising over the business district. Slated for demolition in the early 1990s, the theater was spared due to its historical significance; today it is finding a new life as a concert and special-events venue. The 20th Century Theater opening in 1941 marked many firsts for the city: the first air-conditioned theater in Cincinnati, one of the first fireproof buildings and first free valet parking.