Onward….to the Good Stewardship of Historic Roudebush Farm

Roudebush Farm–described in detail in my last blog post–is a circa 1870 farmstead in northwestern Hamilton County, Ohio hoping for a new owner (MLS# 1386447). The farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (Ref #76001449) and notable for its well preserved farmhouse, schoolhouse (now a two-bedroom residence), and original barn (the barn […]

Historic Roudebush Farm…It Sure Has Some “Cute Buildings”

Criteria C of the National Register of Historic Places is defined as follows: “Embodies distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or that represent the work of a master, or that possess high artistic values, or that represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction“…in other words, “C is for […]

“My Old Window Is Jammed. It’s Such A Pane.”

If you love old houses, chances are you love the appearance and character of the original windows too. Nothing can beat the look. However, issues of energy efficiency and repair and maintenance difficulties can lead historic home owners along the path to replacement windows. Unlike old wooden windows, replacement windows cannot be maintained to extend […]

Herschede: Early 20th Century Elegance At Its Finest

  Built in 1908, the Herschede mansion in North Avondale, Cincinnati, seeks a new steward (MLS # 1366142/$474,900). The home is a unique mixture of Greek Revival and Italian Renaissance Revival architecture, with a heavier emphasis on the later. It is rectangular in plan, featuring a symmetrical façade. Typical of Italian Renaissance, its formal design is […]

A Great Combination: The Historic Charles E. Roth House and the FHA 203k Renovation Loan

Adam and I are hosting a tour and presentation of the historic Charles E. Roth house—the subject of a previous blog post—focusing on the use of the FHA 203k Renovation Loan. Built in 1907, the Roth House is located at 3937 Rose Hill Avenue in the Cincinnati neighborhood of North Avondale. It is for sale, […]

But Green’s The Color Of Spring…And I Think That’s What I Want To Be

Anyone familiar with Rose Hill Avenue in the historic neighborhood of North Avondale—lined with gaslights, mature trees, and gorgeous mansions built at the turn of the century—knows the “green brick house”. Actually, it’s green enameled brick tile. The tile, cutting edge for its time, was often used in the early 20th century for the light-wells […]

Queen City Holiday Shopping…Historically-Speaking

With the holiday shopping season quickly reaching its frenzy, Cincinnati’s big-time historic department stores come to mind including Pogue’s, Mabley & Carew, Shillito’s, McAlpin’s and Gidding’s—to name just a few. From the late 1800s to late 1970’s, downtown shopping in Cincinnati was huge, attracting countless shoppers from all over the region for over 100 years. […]

Architectural Treasures of the Queen City: Part II

The Windy City’s Daniel H. Burnham is nationally-known for a variety of works including a leading role in the creation of master plans for Chicago and downtown Washington D.C., and as designer of the Flatiron Building in New York City and Union Station in Washington D.C. (to name just two). He has also reached a […]

The A, B, C, and Ds of the National Register of Historic Places

Going about my business on the east side of Cincinnati, I have often passed a historic apartment building named La Tosca at the corner of Observatory Avenue and Edwards Road in Hyde Park. While waiting for the traffic light to change at this intersection, it is very easy to see that the building has a […]

Architectural Treasures of the Queen City: Part I

Architreks, a non-profit program of Cincinnati Preservation Association and the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, has a mission to connect the public to the city’s built environment. Their volunteer guides provide informative and engaging walking tours throughout Cincinnati’s various neighborhoods highlighting the city’s history and architecture. On your two-hour jaunt of Downtown, Over-the-Rhine, Mt Adams, Walnut […]