The Dixie Terminal buildings in Cincinnati, Ohio were completed in 1921 and served as streetcar terminal, stock exchange and office building in downtown Cincinnati. They were designed by Cincinnati architect Frederick W. Garber's Garber & Woodward firm. The main building includes an "Adamesque barrel-vaulted concourse" and "Rookwood Architectural Faience entry arch". The Rookwood tiles were manufactured by the local Rookwood Pottery Company.
A long and elaborate arcade runs through from main entrance through the building; shops were located alongside. The building included marble floors, Bottincino marble wainscot, metal trimmings, and "costly brightly decorated ceilings, with fanciful medallions showing little children riding on the backs of various animals". Joseph Francis Beller is believed responsible for the original gold-leafing and the "frolicking" cherubs in the building.
Located at Fourth and Walnut Streets, the Terminal was constructed of reinforced concrete and finished in gray brick, Bedford limestone, and granite. It includes two structures: the 4-story south building extending to Third Street, where streetcars entered and left, and the "handsome" 10-story north building, housing railroad ticket agencies, the Cincinnati Stock Exchange, administrative offices of the Cincinnati Street Railway Company, commercial offices and shops.
The terminal was used for bus service after streetcar service ceased in the 1950s. Buses arriving from northern Kentucky crossed the Roebling Suspension Bridge and took ramps from the bridge into the terminal. The ramps were removed and the bus service ceased using the terminal in 1998 .
Rain Man Filming Location
Dixie Terminal was the Cincinnati Trust where Charlie goes to find out the whereabouts of the $3 million trust fund that he felt he was entitled to. The building is absolutely beautiful and looks very much like the way it was depicted in the movie. In the movie it served as a bank with clerks and desks, while in reality it was at one time a streetcar terminal and is now an office space but it hasn’t lost its grandeur. It was very exciting walking the same path that Charlie does as he approached the desk clerk. My excitement was short lived, though, when I saw the view (or lack thereof) from the window at the end of the corridor. In the movie this window offers a spectacular view of the Ohio River and the Roebling Suspension Bridge, which was the prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge. That view is now totally blocked by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. I’ve been to the Freedom Center before and they now possess this wonderful view. Sadly the Dixie Terminal now overlooks the concrete facade of the museum. I was so disappointed because that view, as seen in the movie, was really wonderful and could have been seen all the way from the main entrance. As I was walking around the main corridor watching the people who worked there go about their business I wondered if any of them realized that they were working in a building that was not only beautiful but a location for such an important cinematic event.