Monday, June 6, 2011

MSD Fairmount Demo watch: Today a Second Empire Cottage

In Cincinnati , no one would pay attention to this charming little Second Empire cottage on Queen City Ave. as they flew by at 50 MPH (speed limit is 30 by the way). Now in any other city this would be a highly prized property. If you could  even find one. Second Empire Architecture is extremely rare or non existent in may cities and in many parts of the county. We still have thousands but we lose  them every year to neglect and demolition.

This was just one of the many points I made on Saturday when I met with a reporter from the Cincinnati Enquirer. If you would like to learn more about what makes this neighborhood special, you might want to attend the Free Historic Walking tour sponsored by the Knox Hill Neighborhood Amsssociation. You will see a great collection of Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, Colonial revival and even a one of a kind Art Deco building, Saturday the 11th at 9:30 am . We will meet in front of the Orion Academy  on Queen City. Reservations are not required but we'd like to get an idea of how many are coming. You can email me at Rain Date will be Sunday.


Keith said...


Do you have a handy reference as to what constitutes Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, etc.

Just one of those things I'm trying to learn

Paul Wilham said...

The best reference book is Field Guide to American Houses by Virgina and Lee Mc Alester.

You can get some general info on the National Trust site as well but if you really want to learn about the styles that is the best book.

Usually you can get one cheap on Ebay or Amazon used.