Rauh House Restoration
The nationally recognized Rauh House! Spectacularly restored international style gem on 8.96 acres!
On September 30, the Frederick and Harriet Rauh House in Woodlawn became the first Modernist residence in the state to be honored with a Preservation Merit Award by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office (OHPO). Awards were presented to Cincinnati Preservation (CPA), owner of the property; Emily Rauh Pulitzer, donor of the house; and architectural firm ArchitectsPlus. The Rauh House previously received a 2013 Residential Rehabilitation Award from Heritage Ohio in May and the restoration has been featured in local and national media.
One of the first International Style residences in the state, the house was designed by Modernist architect John Becker for insurance executive Frederick Rauh and his wife, Harriet. Both architect and client were part of a dynamic community that advocated for the arts, civil rights, the benefits of contact with nature and the thoughtful treatment of food. In fact, later in life Becker retired from architecture and joined his wife, Marion Rombauer Becker, as an editor of her best-selling cookbook, The Joy of Cooking.
During the 2000s housing boom, the house fell into disrepair and was almost demolished as a teardown. In 2010, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, daughter of the original owners, donated the house and land to CPA with funds for a full restoration. The painstaking work, which returned the house to its 1938 appearance, combined traditional craftsmanship with modern technology. Elements of the landscape plan by A.D. Taylor also have been recreated.