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 […]

The Road Less Traveled In Clifton

Every old house has a story. Ever wonder about yours? Digging Cincinnati History specializes in just that–house geneaologies. You can contact Ann Senefeld (author, researcher, and consultant) for more information. Digging Cincinnati History recently completed a research report for one of our listings in the Clifton neighborhood–564 Evanswood Place (MLS # 1384603). Currently looking for […]

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  […]

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 […]

Dogs With Antlers and An Old Woman Living in a Tree…?

Saturday, December 14th is Mount Adams’ Reindog Parade. This 24th annual event is sure to attract numbers of happy canines decked out for the holidays. As a prelude, my intrepid canine companion Kipling and I took an afternoon stroll through this beautiful neighborhood, following the walking tour outlined in John Clubbe’s Cincinnati Observed: Architecture and […]

Beware! Ghosts Gather Here!

First settled in 1788, Cincinnati has its share of Old Time Creepiness. Here are 3 locations favored by ghosts in the night… Imogene, the wife of the famous Cincinnati bootlegger George Remus, is said to haunt the gazebo overlooking Mirror Lake in Cincinnati’s Eden Park.  The gazebo is the oldest of Cincinnati Parks’ structures, designed by […]

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 […]

Is Federal Your Style?

Another piece of history is searching for its next caretaker, this time it’s the Jonathan Wright House in Springboro, Warren County, Ohio (MLS # 1364265/$549,900 list price). This circa 1815, five bedroom homestead is the oldest residence in Springboro and a documented Underground Railroad Site. The home retains its Underground Railroad hideaway, built into the […]

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure…And Mine Too.

No matter what the age of your house, if you buy one that has had several different owners recently, there is a high probability that you have landscaping and/or garden beds to tame, shape up, change, and what-not. I live in an 1893 Victorian house in Walnut Hills that has changed hands twice over the […]