Learn to Unlock Your House’s History, April 26

March 24th, 2014  |  Published in News, Uncategorized

Ann Senefeld (1)Are you curious about the history of your home? Would you like to find out who lived there before you and what they did? Then come to “Researching Your Old House,” presented by Ann Senefeld, on Saturday, April 26, 10:00, at the John Hauck House, 812 Dayton Street, West End. Reservations required: 513-721-4506 or LIMT 30. Free admission for CPA members and students, $10.00 guests. Parking available in gravel lot behind house on Horace Alley.

Every old house has a story to tell. Ann Senefeld, researcher, author and blogger, will show how to use online and print resources to find your home’s “ancestors” and create its very own family tree. Want to learn even more? Ann also will be signing copies of her book, Finding Your Home’s Ancestors: A Guide to Researching Properties in Hamilton County, Ohio, published in print and e-book editions in 2013.

House Tour Tickets on Sale Now

March 12th, 2014  |  Published in News

Historic Mansions of Lafayette

In the Heart of Clifton

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Cincinnati Preservation Association’s 2014 Mansions of Lafayette Avenue house tour on Saturday, May 10 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. will feature three outstanding historic residences. Two are architectural icons built for “Barons of Clifton”: “Oakwood,” the 1866 Norman Revival home of Henry Probasco, and “Scarlet Oaks,” the 1870 High Victorian Gothic mansion of George Shoenberger. The newest of the three, “Stonehedge,” is an 1887 Swiss Chalet with Arts and Crafts flavor built for H.C. Hulbert.


Reservations required. Tickets should be purchased in advance by calling 513-721-4506, mailing payments to 342 W. 4th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, or online at Cost is $25.00 for CPA members and $30.00 for guests/nonmembers. Cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard are welcome.

Will Call and parking will be at the Cincinnati Women’s Club, 330 Lafayette Avenue.

For more information, call 513-721-4506.

“Oakwood,” the Henry Probasco HouseScarlet Oaks

Built 1866

Norman Revival style

William Tinsley, architect

Isaac Graveson, contractor

National Register of Historic Places

Cincinnati City Landmark

…”the outstanding example of the rare Mid-Victorian Norman Revival…applied to a large-scale residence” (Walter E. Langsam, Great Houses of the Queen City, 1997)


 250px-Scarlet_Oaks_in_Cincinnati “Scarlet Oaks,” the George Shoenberger House

Built 1870

High Victorian Gothic style

James K. Wilson, architect

National Register of Historic Places

“…a long, rambling stone mansion which, like some lordly castle of the old feudal times rearing its castellated towers above a lawn of exquisite richness.”—D.J. Kenney, 1875


“Stonehedge,” the Harries C. and Elizabeth J. Hulbert Housestonehedge 2014 02 13-001

333 Lafayette Avenue

Built 1887

Swiss Chalet style

Plympton & Trowbridge, architects

… “one of the most novel features [of the house] is the use of erratic boulders in the construction of the main walls, supporting a projecting superstructure.”–The Industries of Cincinnati (1886)


50 for 50! Help Select the Historic Buildings and Sites that Define Cincinnati

January 10th, 2014  |  Published in News

Click Here to Go to the Facebook List of Historic Buildings

Help CPA celebrate it’s 50th Anniversary by selecting the top 50 buildings and sites that make Cincinnati unique.


Send a photo of any historic building, site or landscape that you like. You can submit as many photos as you like. Then you and everyone else can vote for the entries to make the 50 list! Just click an image then vote, you can vote for as many as you like.


The top 50 historic buildings and sites will be included in our exhibition on 50 years of preservation in the Fall.

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Preservation Awards for Local Preservation Excellence

November 11th, 2013  |  Published in News, Uncategorized

Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) presented seven awards for local preservation excellence at its 49th annual meeting on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. The awards ranged from an education award to a lifetime achievement honor. Innovation, creativity, collaboration—and persistence–made these projects possible.

This year’s honorees are: 2013 Preservation Award Winners

Education Award: The award recognizes organizations or individuals who have produced quality programs, publications, inventories, etc., promoting awareness of historic preservation.

o Cincinnati’s Terrace Plaza Hotel: An Icon of American Modernism; Shawn Patrick Tubb

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The first monograph about a Cincinnati Modernist landmark, Cincinnati’s Terrace Plaza Hotel tells the dramatic story of the design and construction of this modern masterpiece, and explores its potential for reuse.




Lifetime Achievement Award: CPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals who, throughout their careers, have made major contributions to historic preservation in Cincinnati.

o David and Barbara Day, of David Day, Designer & Associates, Inc.

The art and restoration work of husband-and-wife partners David and Barbara Day celebrates Cincinnati’s history, architecture and unique character.

Rehabilitation Award: This award recognizes owners and developers of historic buildings that have been substantially restored or rehabilitated and comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Work must have been completed within the last year.

o The Reserve, Downtown

Developer and Co-Owner: Ashley Commercial Group. Co-Owner: Arcadia Communities. Partner: City Studios Architecture.
This classic 1927 office tower in the West Fourth Street Historic District has been successfully renovated as apartments and commercial space using historic tax incentives.

o Developer: 21c Museum Hotels

Architect: Perfido Weiskopf  Wagstaff + Goettel. Partners: The McCall Group LLC, Deborah Berke Partners, Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers PSC, Atlantic Engineering, Messer Construction, Judith B. Williams, Illumination Works LLC.
A hundred years after it opened, a multi-year renovation using historic tax credits has returned the former Metropole to its original use as a luxury hotel. (Photo Credit: Glint Studios)

o Andreas E. Burkhardt House

3989 Beechwood Avenue, North Avondale, Owner: Sandra Wilson
A long-neglected Swiss Chalet-style residence in North Avondale’s elegant Rose Hill district has been rescued from decay and lovingly restored by its preservationist owner

o Glenmore Playhouse

3716 Glenmore Avenue, Cheviot, Owner: The Drama Workshop
A beloved Cheviot bowling alley has been saved from demolition and repurposed as the permanent home for a West Side drama troupe.

Sustainability Award: This honors major improvements in the energy efficiency of a historic building, while preserving its architectural character.

o GreenSource Cincinnati Headquarters, Downtown, Owner: GreenSource Cincinnati

An 1875 brick townhouse has been renovated to LEED Platinum standards as a showcase for green technology: the first historic downtown building to be so honored.


CPA Accepting Donations for Murals

June 6th, 2013  |  Published in News

The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 6, 2013 – Cliff Radel

Let the donations begin.

Cincinnati Preservation Association officially started accepting funds Wednesday to save the nine, endangered, industrial mosaic murals that once hung in Union Terminal’s now-demolished concourse.

“We were involved in the original effort to save these murals,” said Paul Muller, the association’s executive director. “We are lucky they were created, saved and now available for return to Cincinnati.”

The nine murals stand in two shuttered terminals slated for demolition at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Plans call for the terminals to be wrecked by 2015. The city of Cincinnati has first right of refusal to find the murals a new home. Mayor Mark Mallory wants to bring the works of nickel-sized pieces of colored glass and tinted mortar back to Ohio and inside the Duke Energy Convention Center.

The estimated cost to pack, remove, transport and install the nine, 20-feet by 20-feet, 8-ton panels is $5 million to $7 million. Governmental funds are not available to foot the entire bill.

Public money was also in short supply when the murals were moved to the airport in 1973. That’s when Cincinnati Preservation Association’s initial incarnation, the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation, stepped in. Association officials also made sure, Muller noted, that the murals’ deed “specified that the city had first choice if the murals were ever to be moved again.”

Muller said reserving them once more “will add to the rich heritage of Cincinnati.”

Since an Enquirer story broke the news of the murals’ plight and the association’s involvement in raising funds to save the works of art, Muller said he has “been contacted by several individuals and an investment banker. They wanted to know when Cincinnati Preservation Association will be accepting donations.”

The answer is now.

If you prefer to donate by check, please make checks payable to:  Save the Murals Fund and mail to 342 West Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.