Walnut Hills United Presbyterian Church
This church, or rather the tower that remains of it, was the site of two congregations that merged in 1879 -- that of the 1819 church organized by Rev. James Kemper, owner of the former Walnut Hill farm that became today's neighborhood, and the church operating on Lane Theological Seminary's campus, formerly situated just northeast of this location. Many members of the Kemper family succeeded their elder in the pulpit. Built in the 1880s, the structure (designed by renowned Cincinnati architect, Samuel Hannaford) was intact until 2003. An active church throughout most of the 20th century, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. This was not enough to save it when in 2003, after efforts to find a buyer who would restore it, the neighboring funeral home began demolition to extend their parking lot. Preservationists were able to halt the destruction of the tower by purchasing, and agreeing to stabilize and maintain it.