The westernmost neighborhood of Cincinnati, Sayler Park adjoins the north bank of the Ohio River and calls itself “Cincinnati’s Western Gateway.” Prices $25,000 to $180,000.
Covedale Garden District
Established in the 1830s, the neighborhood is primarily residential with tree-lined streets; most businesses are located on or near bustling Glenway Avenue. Prices $80,000 to $130,000.
Westwood Town Hall Area
Westwood’s housing history includes wealthy industrialists, including Proctor & Gamble founder James Gamble. Styles include Victorian Vernacular, Arts and Crafts, Colonial Tudor revivals, bungalows and foursquares. Prices $20,000 to $180,000.
Price Hill Cedar Grove
Formerly orchard land, the historic Cedar Grove neighborhood in Price Hill began residential development in 1883; its proximity to downtown attracted wealthy residents. Prices $3,000 to $150,000.
Price Hill Incline District
The Price Hill Incline, the first in Cincinnati, opened in 1874 and enabled Price Hill to become a thriving neighborhood known for its first and second generation Irish and German Catholic immigrants. Prices $20,000 to $200,000.
Ludlow offers residents friendly and quaint neighborhood communities within convenient distance to the thriving entertainment districts in downtown Cincinnati, Covington, and Newport. Prices $15,000 to $130,000.
Dayton Street Historic District
Nicknamed “Millionaire’s Row,” many of the homes in this neighborhood were built by the owners of Cincinnati’s beer breweries and pork packers from 1800 to 1890. Prices $10,000 to $165,000.
Famous for its working gas street lamps, this eclectic walking neighborhood features tree-lined streets and a wealth of independent restaurants, boutiques, and essential businesses at its hub on Ludlow Avenue. Prices $120,000 to $750,000.
Progressive urban living is Northside’s hallmark, with such highlights as an urban garden co-op, a volunteer bicycle co-op, and the Northside Farmers Market. Prices $20,000 to $275,000.
College Hill prides itself on the diversity of its citizens and residential architecture. The broad, tree-lined streets of College Hill give the neighborhood a stately air. Prices $15,000 to $280,000.
The original layout of lots, streets, and parks follows the landscape instead of a rigid geometrical grid; Glendale is recognized as the first subdivision in the United States to be laid out according to topography. Prices $40,000 to $650,000.
Known for its excellent school system and dedication to urban forestry, Wyoming is a city strongly dedicated to preserving its historical heritage. Prices $65,000 to $950,000.
Located north of downtown and west of Norwood, Paddock Hills is characterized by cul-de-sac streets, stands of poplars and pin oaks, and a mix of historic and Modern architecture. Prices $60,000 to $190,000.
Norwood Presidential District
The Norwood Presidential District features many excellent Victorian Vernacular houses, with a small collection of elaborate Queen Anne Victorian as well. Also to be found are Arts and Crafts bungalows and foursquares. Prices $60,000 to $260,000.
Milford is known for its dedication to preserving Milford history, including the downtown Promont House museum (former home of Ohio Governor John Pattison). Prices $100,000 to $240,000.
Incorporated in 1896 by businessmen who wanted to create a community exclusively for the wealthy, Hyde Park has kept its upper-class and meticulously well maintained image since its inception. Prices $135,000 to $1,400,000.
Known for its lively business and entertainment district, the bustle of the trendy restaurants, bars, and shopsare a short walk from the neighborhood’s tree-lined, affluent residential streets. Prices $100,000 to $600,000.
Declared a City Historic District in 1989, Columbia Tusculum traces its inception to the 1788 Benjamin Stites settlement Columbia, which predates Losantiville (Cincinnati’s original name). Prices $20,000 to $300,000.
Fort Thomas has been noted for the intensive renovation of its downtown and Midway business districts, including much new streetscaping. Prices $60,000 to $1,250,000.
Known for its public parks and historic Fairfield Avenue, which fields a rich mix of boutique and essential businesses. Historic preservation is a strong focus of the city’s government, businesses, and residents. Prices $20,000 to $350,000.
Newport Mansion Hill/East Row
The historic homes in Mansion Hill have the benefit of being within walking distance of Newport’s revitalized arts and entertainment districts, as well as Covington and downtown Cincinnati. Prices $50,000 to $400,000.
Among neighborhood associations in Covington, the Wallace Woods Neighborhood Association is particularly active and progressive in engineering pedestrian safety and green space. Prices $30,000 to $250,000.
Central Covington is dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of historic homes, including the recent decades of renovation of Italianate Victorian houses in Old Seminary Square. Prices $5,000 to $120,000.
Neighborhoods in North Covington are noted equally for their extravagant historic architecture and upscale modern entertainment and dining. Prices $5,000 to $550,000.
One of Cincinnati’s oldest neighborhoods, Prospect Park is characterized by historic brick homes, stone retaining walls, and preserved iron fences. Prices $60,000 to $300,000.
Walnut Hills/Eden Park
Historic architecture styles include Richardsonian Romanesque, Second Empire, Italianate, and Queen Anne Victorian homes, typically constructed between 1880 and 1920. Prices $130,000 to $300,000.
East Walnut Hills
Historic homes in East Walnut Hills are known for their multi-acre plots of land and unusual depth from the property line at the houses’ faces. Prices $100,000 to $1,300,000.
Some of the finest examples of residential Queen Anne Victorian, Italian Renaissance, English Medieval, and Greek Revival architecture in Cinncinnati. Prices $100,000 to $900,000.
Incorporated as a village in 1810, notable attractions in Lebanon include The Golden Lamb (a hotel and restaurant operating since 1803), The Western Star (home of one of Ohio’s oldest weekly newspapers), the Warren County Historical Society, and the Harmon Museum of Art and History. Prices range from $100,000 to $350,000.
Next Chapter for the Historic Eckstein Schoolin Historic Preservation, Historic Properties For Sale, Historic Restoration/by Karen Garrard
Eckstein School at 42 Washington Avenue, Glendale, Ohio, c.1950
Adaptive reuse is the renovation and reuse of pre-existing structures for new purposes. It gives new life to buildings such as churches, schoolhouses, and warehouses that are neglected or whose original use is obsolete. Adaptive reuse does not mean the history of these properties should be forgotten. The Eckstein School in the Village of Glendale, Ohio, is one such property.
The Eckstein School operated from 1915 until 1958, serving Glendale’s Black children from Kindergarten through the 8th grade. It symbolizes a time when our schools were segregated, yet also when individuals, groups, and communities wanted to ensure all children received an education and were given the opportunities that that instills.
The former school has a commemorative Ohio Historical Marker
Primed for adaptive reuse, the historic school sits along the north side of Washington Avenue, in the northwest corner of the Glendale Historic District. Nearly half of Glendale (392 acres) is part of the district, which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and consists of 439 contributing buildings. Glendale is also the only village in Ohio to be declared a National Historic Landmark.
Settled in the 1850s, Glendale was a railroad commuter town built to escape the bustle of nearby Cincinnati and Hamilton. A Cincinnati civil engineer, R.C. Phillips, designed Glendale’s picturesque meandering streets, laid out according to topography instead of on a rigid grid. Phillips’ planned subdivision was Ohio’s first and one of the earliest in the United States.
Location of what was to be the Eckstein School on the 1869 Hamilton County Atlas (C.O. Titus, Philadelphia)
Leading up to the Civil War, Glendale was a key location on the Underground Railroad. The community also became a safe place for African-Americans to settle. In 1860, Eleanor Eckstein—the namesake of the school—began teaching Black children in the barn behind her house at 45 East Fountain Avenue.
Due to her actions, Glendale opened its first school for Black children in 1870, known as the “Icehouse School”. In 1879, Glendale’s school board opened a new one-story frame schoolhouse behind the Town Hall.
The school’s 2,580-square foot gymnasium space, built in 1928
In 1887, the Ohio Legislature passed the Arnett law, requiring the same educational opportunities for students of all races. Glendale complied by closing the school behind the Town Hall and sending Glendale’s Black children to a school on Congress Avenue.
The Eckstein School features over 7,000 square feet
When the Congress Avenue School became overcrowded, a new separate school for Blacks was established. In 1915, John J. Burchenal, a Procter and Gamble executive and member of the school board, donated the Verdin house at 42 Washington Avenue to provide additional room for Black children, grades 1st through 5th.
The interior staircase at the historic Eckstein School
In 1917, science equipment was bought for the Eckstein School and the school’s set-up reconfigured. Additions were made to what had been the original Verdin house but, even today, it is possible to see aspects of the home. A large room was also added in 1918, and a gymnasium in 1928. It was at this time that stucco was applied to the exterior of the school, and it is the gymnasium that provides the striking Mission Revival-style look of the school.
Historic Eckstein School at 42 Washington Avenue, Glendale, Ohio
Over time, more teachers and grades were added to the school until it eventually taught students up through the 8th grade.
In 1958, the school was closed following a lawsuit filed by the NAACP, which closely coincided with the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision to end segregation.
Side view of the historic Eckstein School at 42 Washington Avenue, Glendale, Ohio
The Eckstein School holds a unique place in Glendale’s history, and has ties to significant events in Ohio and United States history.
As the Eckstein School moves into its next chapter, let’s never forget the history within, and represented by, its walls.
Faran, Angeline Loveland
1955 Glendale, Ohio 1855-1955. McDonald Printing Company, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio.