One Great House Tour 2019
More than 250 people enjoyed a sunny afternoon at the Indian Hill, Lloyd Taft estate. Attendees strolled the lovely grounds and talked to the homeowners. They also had an opportunity to learn about modernism in Cincinnati, the Terrace Plaza Hotel and the Rauh House.
The Lloyd Taft House is one of Cincinnati’s finest and best-known late-20th-century Modern residences. It was built in 1978 for investment broker Lloyd Taft, son of Ohio Senator Robert A. Taft, Sr., and grandson of President William Howard Taft. The house is the only Cincinnati residential work of New York architect Charles Gwathmey who, with his partner Robert Siegel, continued work based on the classical Modernists of the mid-20th-century.
Containing 7,000 square feet, the-house’s distinctive design consists of a series of wings linked together by freestanding walls. Behind the plain façade is a network of discrete living areas incorporating a sheltered courtyard and a broad terrace. Renovations and additions have honored and enhanced the house’s many remarkable architectural features. Architect Carl Strauss converted the garage into a family room, enclosed the breezeway in glass, and repurposed the greenhouse as a garage. Stewart Shillito Maxwell, architect and interior designer, updated the kitchen and modernized the patio.
The Lloyd Taft House is featured in the book Great Houses of the Queen City by Walter E. Langsam and Alice Weston. In 1984 the house earned the American Institute of Architects’ National Honor Award.
The home sits on a 6.5 acre estate at the end of a winding, wooded lane in Indian Hill. Enhanced by soaring ceilings, the windows frame beautiful vistas sure to entice guests outdoors. The rooftop garden along with the pool and spacious stone patio provide a lovely setting to enjoy the afternoon.
Thank you to our speakers, Elizabeth Meyer (Visual Resources Librarian, University of Cincinnati), Paul Muller (CPA Executive Director) and Shawn Patrick Tubb, AIA (architect and author).