Update: Gamble House, Glencoe Place Lost; Twenty Mile House Threatened
After a long, cold winter, April truly was the cruelest month for preservation in Cincinnati.
Gamble House.Two years of advocacy and litigation to save the James N. Gamble House in Westwood came to an end after the Greenacres Foundation, the house’s owner, won a lawsuit forcing the City of Cincinnati to release the demolition permit. The house was then torn down on April 1. Easter weekend became a “wake” for the house as supporters streamed by to pay their last respects. CPA made three offers to buy the house but all were rejected by Greenacres.
Glencoe Place. Cincinnati lost a nationally significant icon when demolition of Mount Auburn’s Glencoe Place began. Much loved by Cincinnati urbanists, the stairstepped brick rowhouses descending a ravine were one of the city’s most memorable urban images. The buildings fell into decay after a 1970s renovation for low-income tenants failed, leaving the buildings empty, and a proposed condo conversion fell through. In the meantime, the buildings were battered by legal troubles, foreclosure and Hurricane Ike. Glencoe Place was listed on the National Register of Historic Places but had no protective local historic overlay. Demolition of the complex began on March 19 and is still underway.
Twenty Mile House. After local advocates fought a long, hard battle to save it, the Twenty Mile House in Deerfield Township was emolished in April for a gas station and convenience store. Supporters cheered when earlier plans for a Speedway station on the site fell through, but their hopes were soon dashed by the new proposal. The high acquisition price for the 1820s tavern, its location on a busy corner, and commercial zoning made it difficult to preserve and reuse the building, which had no historic designation.
Clifton Heights’ Goetz House Nominated as City Landmark The Goetz House on West McMillan Avenue, which formerly housed Lenhardt’s Restaurant, has been nominated as a City landmark. Alarmed by plans for a student housing development that would level the structure and the Clifton Natural Foods store next door, the Clifton University Fairview Neighborhood Association requested historic designation for the Queen Anne-style brick residence. The request was controversial because of the planned development and because of numerous alterations to the home during its years as a restaurant.
After a marathon March 25 meeting, the Cincinnati Historic Conservation Board voted to recommend designation of the house. The matter now moves on to the City Planning Commission, then City Council. The owners applied to demolish the house following CUF’s submission of the application: The permit is on hold pending action by Council.