The elegant Queen Anne Victorian at 1350 William Howard Taft Road in historic East Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, is for sale. Built in 1896 for William J. Williams—co-founder of Western and Southern Life Insurance—the home was a gift to his daughter Jenny and her husband Frank Coppach, Cincinnati’s first City Solicitor.
Queen Anne Victorian Style – Eclectic by Nature
The Queen Anne Victorian style, popular from the 1880s through 1900, culminates the 19th century romantic movement. Expressive and eclectic—it creatively combines different features from earlier parts of the Victorian and Romantic eras. You will find it difficult to find two homes exactly alike.
On the exterior, differing material and texture hallmark the style. Surfaces with stone, brick, clapboard or shingles dance across Queen Anne Victorian homes. Mixes of decorative trim, occasional towers and turrets, wraparound porches, bays, massing, decorative windows, and multi-gabled roofs add interest. Often with the use of contrasting or bold colors.
Interiors feature lavish wood use. Like sugar plums dancing, you can expect ornate mantlepieces, built-ins, doors and other woodwork of beautiful hardwoods such as walnut, maple, oak, rosewood, mahogany and chestnut.
The Williams Home – Stylishly Discerning
The Williams home is mostly brick, strikingly accented by a two story turret faced in fish scale wood shingles. The bowed front façade delivers more allure. The porch wraps gracefully from the front to the side. Original windows feature diamond paned leaded glass and transoms. Passing through the oak entry door, with its sidelight panels and transom, you are greeted by spectacular Victorian craftsmanship.
Breathtaking dark oak paneling envelopes the entry hall ceiling and walls. The original light oak floor bestows a warm contrast. The main staircase ascends to the second floor with a large diamond paned leaded glass window on the landing. Directly left from the entry hall is the living room. French doors offset a hallway leading to the kitchen and rear entrance. Standing in the entry hall, you can see towards the dining room. A swinging door opens to the dining room to the kitchen and back hall.
Rooms That Call to Grand Times
Both the living and dining rooms beckon to grand times. The living room features mahogany wainscot paneling, detailed crown molding, an oak floor and opulent fireplace with oak mantel and marble hearth. A three-paned window with leaded glass enhances the bowed front wall, with added natural light from three additional windows along the side wall.
The elegant dining room has rough-sawn oak on the lower walls, an oak floor, a tiger oak beamed ceiling and lavish dentil crown moldings. Built-ins include both open shelving with cabinets and drawers below, and corner cabinets with diamond panel leaded glass doors. The fireplace boasts a tiger oak mantel and marble hearth.
A Private Retreat from a Golden Era
On the 2nd floor you will encounter the private master suite with adjoining bath. As with the other bathrooms in the home, the original ceramic tile has been preserved and maintained. There are three additional bedrooms, a study and two more full baths. The expansive third floor is an open space with the potential for a 5th bedroom and another full bath.
The extraordinary historic features, quality and beauty of the Williams home is an opportunity not to miss!