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 […]

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, […]

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Old Homes, Old Toilets: Restoring the Porcelain God

Toilets are something many people take for granted. Toilets of one shape or another have been around for millennia, such that even credit for the modern flush toilet is obscure. Many either give credit to Thomas Crapper (1837-1910) or Alexander Cumming, who patented a flushing device in 1775. Toilets do matter to a lot of […]

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 […]

Cincinnati Holiday Traditions

Every city has its holiday traditions. My favorite, long-time Cincinnati tradition is a visit to the Krohn Conservatory, located at 1501 Eden Park Drive–usually on Christmas Eve. The Conservatory has been part of the Eden Park landscape in one form or another since the late nineteenth century. The “new” building on the site today was designed […]

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 […]

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 […]