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? […]

Perfect for Entertaining: a Total Transformation in OTR

Finding a shell of a house and transforming it into something livable takes serious creativity and crafty financing. Built in the 1880’s, 1428 Republic Street is located in the historic neighborhood of Over the Rhine on a quiet residential street. For decades the home sat vacant and neglected without plumbing, electricity, or floors to walk on. But […]

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Hannaford’s Guising

You have seen them around town…a boxed-in turret, a Queen Anne covered in single-color vinyl siding, pressure-treated wooden decks in place of shady porches, replacement windows shorter than the original window openings (Eeek!). They can be as scary as any witch, ghost, vampire or ghoul. To remuddle is to remodel a building in a way […]

100 Years in Walnut Hills: Historic Map Fun

Historic maps are fascinating, revealing changes to a neighborhood whose present form we may take for granted. Old Sanborn fire insurance maps, in particular, reveal when buildings were built–or at least a “built by [insert year here] date”–additions (and demolitions!) to buildings, long-gone outbuildings, and shifted property lines. There are 2 historic properties currently for sale on St. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Cincinnati’s 52 Neighborhoods: Bring On the Form-Based Code

Plan Build Live is a project of Cincinnati’s Department of Planning and Buildings made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Plan Build Live was designed to include residents and business owners in the process of reviewing and reforming the city’s building regulations and zoning codes to optimize the unique […]

Church Conversions: A Tricky Thing

Churches are important to the fabric of a neighborhood and community. They serve as local landmarks and establish local identities—the historically iconic St. Francis De Sales in East Walnut Hills and Holy Cross-Immaculata in Mt. Adams are just two churches in Cincinnati that come to mind. But what happens to a church when the congregation […]