The Francis Mansion—Definitely One Not To Miss

In our experience, a fair number of historic home owners didn’t set out to find and purchase their current home. Perhaps they were simply driving through a neighborhood and caught a glimpse of an old home for sale, or a well-intentioned friend (you know those types!) forwarded a listing to them. However, it happened, they fell in love.

The circa 1865 Francis Mansion.

The Francis Mansion, located at 215 N. Vine Street, Harrison, Ohio (MLS #1591610), is a home to get star-struck over. With over 4,000 square feet of architectural splendor, it is certainly one of our favorites currently on the market. This circa 1865 brick Victorian was built for Attorney Peter Walker Francis and is nestled in the heart of historic Harrison. With plenty of amenities, Harrison is also a mere hop, skip, and jump away from Cincinnati—a half hour drive to be specific.

A 10-year renovation of the home was completed in 2016. It has a newer roof, extensive masonry tuckpointing, and restored Eastlake wooden porches. On the interior, the work included all new plumbing, electrical updates, plaster and wood repair, and full renovation of the bathrooms.  This elegant five bedroom home features 10-foot ceilings, 8 original fireplaces with mantels, 2 staircases, and an unfinished 3rd floor with about 2000 square feet. Accenting the formal parlor is an original 1908 Art Nouveau ceiling light fixture. The back parlor, with a matching light fixture, features a stained glass window and original convex french doors. The impressive dining room has a stained glass window and original 1908 Italian marble light fixture. The kitchen retains a large period sink and original kitchen dresser. In all, this home is definitely one not to miss.

Hey…Is that your key in the door?

All Photos courtesy of Joan Lane-Isbell, Coldwell Banker West Shell.