A Camp Washington Restoration: Bring On The Game Plan

We have said it before and we will say it again–restoring a historic house is no small undertaking. It can be tough. Hidden surprises can show up. Like massive water leaks during a rainstorm. Finding old termite damage on a major support beam. Or sometimes you just end up going for months with one or […]

A Camp Washington Restoration: The Prologue

Restoring a historic house is no small undertaking. It can take years, a decade, a decade plus–there might always be something left to do! Maybe it’s like painting a long roadway bridge. By the time painting is done from one end to the other, it’s time to start all over again. Some folks might do […]

Don’t Muddle Up that Historic Brick Repair!

Have you ever seen a historic brick chimney or wall in sorely in need of repair and restoration? And then right after that did you wonder what the difference is between pointing, repointing, and tuck pointing in brick repair? You are not alone! Actually, a large body of knowledge exists on the subject of brick […]

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? […]

Twenty One Thirty Six Saint James Avenue, A Love Story

There are many reasons why people choose to live in an historic home. For some, it is because the home reminds them that they are part of something bigger—the long continuum of history. These folks usually consider themselves to be stewards, not owners, and their calling is to keep the home in good shape for […]

Stuck on Stucco

Exterior stucco. When I think of it, I  think first of Tudor Revival or maybe Spanish Colonial (Cincinnati could be considered something of a “Tudor Town” but we have some Spanish Colonial homes too!). Stucco is more widespread here and elsewhere though. Some of the earliest stucco homes include examples of the Federal, Greek, and […]

Riverside: A Glimpse in the Life

Riverside is among the oldest of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods and less than 10 minutes from downtown (yeah, we timed it!). Going back to the mid-1800s, Riverside was a very wealthy area–it was actually a rather nice locale if you wanted a sizable estate and perhaps had interest in wine-making in particular…Homes in Riverside were built to impress and were definitely […]

Ahimaazing House in Kings

  We are so happy to share with you some history on our newest listing at 1720 East King Avenue in Kings Mills, Ohio. (MLS#1484045) Ever wondered about where Kings Island got its name? It’s derivatives are in 2 parts. First –  ‘Island’ comes from Coney Island. Which Kings Island Amusement Park was opened, many […]

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 […]