T usculum Condominiums - Historic Tusculum ~ COLUMBIA TUSCULUM Declared a City Historic District in 1989, Columbia Tusculum traces its inception to the 1788 Benjamin Stites settlement Columbia, which predates Losantiville (Cincinnati s original name) by one month. Columbia Tusculum is rich in the areas history, including the first school opened in Cincinnati. Minutes from downtown, the neighborhood has recently experienced a rush of commercial and residential development, including rehabilitation as well as new construction. With all its new development, Columbia Tusculum prides itself on its close-knit community feel and neighborly accommodations.Historic residential architecture is mostly Victorian Vernacular, with some Colonial Revival and Arts and Crafts bungalows. These houses were built from 1870 to 1920.