So You Think You Want To Buy A Fixer-Upper?

You see them around, those lovely, historic homes, in lovely, historic neighborhoods, that just look like they need a little, well, love. And you can just picture yourself kicking back on the front porch with a glass of lemonade on a warm summer’s day, right? So you think you want to buy an historic home? […]

A Sea Captain’s Preference

The Italianate architectural style–meant to evoke the glorious villas of Renaissance Italy–first hit the United States in the 1840s and remained very popular until 1890. General lore colors the style as favored by sea captains with its “widow’s walk”–or rooftop platform–and associated romantic myth of mariners’ wives vainly waiting for their spouses to return (nothing […]

A.E. Harding’s Legacy

There is yet another residential property listed for sale that is also on the National Register of Historic Places. This time, it is the historic A. E. Harding Estate, located at 3551 S. Main Street in Excello, Lemon Township–just outside Middletown, Ohio’s city limits. The 3.49-acre property consists of the main residence–a late 19th century […]

Q: What Connects Theology, Electrical Manufacturing, and HPOs in Covington, Kentucky?

441332 The nicely renovated 1883 Italianate at 901 Russell Street in Covington, Kentucky is currently looking for a new steward. This 4-bedroom townhouse is a tasteful blend of modern updates and historic character and charm. Located at the corner of Russell and Ninth streets, it is also within Covington’s Seminary Square National Register Historic District (NRHP […]


Glendale: Plan On It!

The Village of Glendale’s Holiday Home Tour is this Saturday, December 6th, from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Plan on it to be spectacular. There are 8 venues on the tour this year: 6 private historic residences, the Glendale Lyceum (built in 1892) and the Harry Whiting Brown Community Center, established in 1930. The community center sits […]


Thanks For That Historic Roof Over Your Head

Thanksgiving is always the 4th Thursday of November, kudos to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Congress back in 1941. And, yes, on this day, we gather with family and friends and give thanks for all our blessings (and eat turkey and pie and watch football!). But did you know that National Roof Over Your Head […]

When There Are Two…

…a National Register district and a local historic district, that is… The East Row Historic District in Newport, Kentucky is one of the commonwealth’s biggest local historic districts AND it encompasses two National Register districts: Mansion Hill, located north of 6th street, and East Newport (or Gateway), which extends to the south. This neighborhood consists […]

Things to do in Cincy, No. 6 out of 13

Unlucky Friday the 13th is this week and it is going to be a full moon. This rarity will not happen again for another 35 years!. Although summer does not officially start until June 21st, it is certainly starting to look and feel like it in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Top “Things To Do In […]

No River, No Valley, But Great Old Homes

North Avondale is one of the most architecturally distinguished of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods, with historic homes dating mostly from the 1890s to 1930s. Some of these homes are the finest examples of residential Queen Anne Victorian, Italian Renaissance, English Medieval (love those Tudors!), and Greek Revival architecture that the city has to offer. North Avondale traces its […]

Morgan’s Raiders Meet Mrs. Roudebush

Roudebush Farm–described in my last two blog posts–while fantastic from an architectural standpoint, is also associated with some interesting historical tidbits about its original owners. Located in Harrison Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, the property is a uniquely-preserved late 19th century farmstead with an Italianate house and listed on the National Register of Historic Places (Ref  […]