A Camp Washington Restoration: To Strip or Not to Strip

It happens more often than anyone likes to talk about. It can happen to any historic house. You enter the home and (click for sound effect)…The woodwork is painted. That’s what Adam Sanregret, Lead Agent of Cincinnati Historic Homes, saw when he first entered 3071 Sidney Avenue

A Touch of French in the West End: 1106 Dayton Street, Cincinnati

Without a doubt, the rowhouse at 1106 Dayton Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, shows off the grandeur of the Second Empire architectural style. Firstly, the limestone facade evokes both elegance and durability. Secondly, tall windows with ornate hoods draw the eyes upward. Thirdly, a well-designed

A Camp Washington Restoration: The Floors!

Ask any historic home owner. They will agree that original woodwork and wood floors are important to the character of their home. Plus, the beautiful color, luster, texture and grain of old wood is beyond compare. During a home restoration project, if the original wood floors are still there, there comes a point when you […]

The Daniel S. Major House: An Exquisite High Style Italianate Meant to Be Seen

Another piece of history is searching for its next caretaker. This time it’s the ca. 1860 Daniel S. Major House in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana. This striking Italianate style home sits prominently on a terrace overlooking the Ohio River and U.S. Route 50 (West Eads Parkway) just on the outskirts of Lawrenceburg’s historic city center. It’s […]

A Camp Washington Restoration: It Begins

Adam Sanregret, Lead Agent of Cincinnati Historic Homes, found his 6th home restoration project–3071 Sidney Avenue in Cincinnati’s historic neighborhood of Camp Washington–in April 2019. Nine months have passed…the work is done, right? Well, not quite…

As the New Year Approaches, a Look Back at the ’20s

The New Year is a time to reflect on the past year and ponder what the future will bring. We also face the advent of a new decade. With our fondness for old homes–and basically old things in general–we can’t help ourselves but to start with the past. The more distant past, that is… The […]

A Camp Washington Restoration: The “Master Plan”

Thinking of sticking your toe into the home restoration pool? Thinking of buying a fixer-upper?  The scope of your project will vary depending on the property’s condition, but let’s just say that, if it’s a whole-house redo, it is definitely not for the faint of heart. How you approach your project also depends on what […]

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 […]

Herschede: Early 20th Century Elegance At Its Finest

Built in 1908, the Herschede Mansion sits along Reading Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares of the historic neighborhood of North Avondale in Cincinnati. The neighborhood is known for its grassy, winding streets and stately, old single-family homes. It traces its origins back to the mid 1800s when large tracts of land surrounding the city […]

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 […]