Congratulations, Dick Duval!

August 21st, 2014  |  Published in News

The Association for Fundraising Professionals announced the 2014 “Volunteer of the Year” H. Richard Duval, President of CPA’s Board of Trustees.  He will be honored at the 2014 National Philanthropy Day Community Award luncheon on November 13th at the Duke Convention Center!  CPA also congratulates Philanthropists of the Year:  Barbara & Larry Kellar and Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy:  Magnified Giving Student Philanthropy Program.

Mr. Duval was nominated by Cincinnati Preservation Association and First Step Homes.

Register for the luncheon at

Save the Date

August 7th, 2014  |  Published in News

What:  An Evening to Celebrate Cincinnati’s Preservation Renaissance

When:  November 8th 6:00 p.m

Where:  Marriott Renaissance Downtown, Burnham Room C

Coming soon:  More information here about this very special event!

For sponsorship and guest information: or 513-721-4506

Nominations for Preservation Awards Deadline

August 7th, 2014  |  Published in News

2014 Preservation Award Nominations Open until August 15th

Every fall CPA presents awards for local preservation excellence. Nominations are accepted in the following categories:

Rehabilitation:  for 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.

Craftsmanship:  for contractors, conservators, artisans, artists and craftsmen who have demonstrated consistent top-quality restoration techniques in their work.

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

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

For all nominations, supporting documentation, such as newspaper articles, press releases and letters of endorsement, is welcome. For Rehabilitation Award nominations, good-quality before-and-after views are essential.  Please submit high-quality digital as well as printed images.


You will find the Awards Nomination Form at  Completed nominations are due August 15th at 5:00 p.m.

In 2013 CPA presented awards to David and Barbara Day, The Reserve, the 21c Cincinnati Museum Hotel, the Andreas E. Burkhardt House, Glenmore Playhouse, Greensource Cincinnati, and the book Cincinnati’s Terrace Plaza Hotel.

The awards will be presented at CPA’s Annual Meeting on September 28.

Please contact us by phone or email if you have any questions or need additional information. We look forward to hearing from you!

Preservation Awards & Annual Meeting

August 7th, 2014  |  Published in News

CPA’s 2014 Preservation Awards & Annual Meeting is scheduled for September 28th at 4:00 at the 21c Museum Hotel at 609 Walnut Street (valet service available for$10 per car).  There is no charge for the event, but reservations are required due to space limitations.  Call 513-721-4506 Extension 2 or email to reserve a seat.

About the 21c Museum Hotel – Winner of CPA’s 2013 Rehabilitation Award

A $28 million rehabilitation using historic and New Market tax credits has returned the former Metropole to its original use as a luxury hotel. The careful rehabilitation reversed years of insensitive remodelings that damaged or obscured original fabric.  The double-loaded guest corridors and many iconic features, including the terra cotta façade, tile mosaic flooring, ornate trim and curved staircase, were preserved and restored. The hotel also includes a museum open to the public, and unique art is featured in every room.

Spring House Tour a Success!

March 12th, 2014  |  Published in News

Historic Mansions of Lafayette

In the Heart of Clifton

What a fabulous house tour!  In spite of the questionable weather, 800 people turned out for the tour on Saturday.  Thank you for joining us and thanks to our homeowners, sponsors and dedicated volunteers!



CPA thanks our generous sponsors:

Architects Plus is a sponsor of Preserving Modernism in the Midwest





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“Oakwood,” the Henry Probasco House

Scarlet 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)


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.