Friday, January 24, 2014

Is 2014 Your Year to be a "Preservation Hero"?

Every year more and more of our historic fabric is history by bulldozer. Our city so dependent of federal funds must continuously demonstrate "need" for more money and homes that could be saved are demoed. Last year Hamilton County lost 146 Million Dollars in assessed value , the largest part in city limits. While other use their CDBG funding for stabilization or real 'development' we use the vast majority of our federal funding for demolition. As we all know, demolition without a redevelopment plan merely replaces the 'blight' of house, with the 'blight' of a vacant lot.

If 2014 is the year you decide to roll up your sleeves and make a difference, the Knox Hill "Save-not-Raze" program may be a good place to start. KHNA stabilizes at risk/endangered historic eligible property and when that property is sold a protective deed covenant is attached on the exterior that the exterior  must be done to historic preservation standards and that it must remain a single family home. The new owner has 24 months to complete the renovation and are free to do the interior as they want. Prospective owners must demonstrate financial resources, or ability to get a loan to cover acquisition and restoration cost. KHNA assists the home buyer with restoration planning,bid specs, and preservation consulting.
Save not Raze #1 C Wilkins House
The C. Wilkins house is a 4 level 3800 square foot Second Empire Victorian built in the 1880's. The home has 4 bedrooms, Formal parlor, Formal Dining room. Full dry basement which has had extensive stabilization. This home is the only home in Knox Hill that had a front 'servants tunnel' from the street to the lower servants level. The vinyl siding has been removed from this home, painting has begun and a new front period style port constructed. This house has decorative fireplaces and from its rooftop (perfect for a rooftop deck) enjoys a stellar view of the Knox Hill Neighborhood and the downtown. This home is offered at 25K and incudes the lot next door, perfect for a new garage and kitchen addition.
This Italianate would be a great starting point

This Italianate detached town home is 2 1/2 stories with 4 bedrooms and a full dry basement. The home features two decorative fireplaces, restorable hardwood floors, the interior woodwork is complete. The home was an illegally converted tri-plex . The 3rd floor has been gutted and is ready for rebuild. New picket fence in front. Much original plaster in this home. Good Roof. This 1800 sq ft home is offered at 12,5K. There is room for driveway and carriage house in backyard. A good place to start on a block with several in progress restorations.
Large Lot, Great style the Fultz House.

The Fultz House is a late Victorian that sits on THREE lots. This home was owned by the same family for four decades. This home is 3 bedrooms ,2 baths, formal parlor, formal dining , a generous sized kitchen and a full 850 sq. ft dry raised basement that can be finished for extra space. The metal roof was resealed in 2008 and box gutters were repaired. This home still has its original Lincrusta in the stair hall. Home will need mechanical updates and plaster/drywall repair. The large lot features flowering hedges, fruit trees and a formal Victorian raised garden. This will be a stellar home after restoration. Offered at 22,5K you will not find a home of this size on 3 lots at this price point.

So if 2014 is your year to be a "Preservation Hero" Knox Hill is great place to call home. For more information on any of these homes contact me at and be part of the Knox Hill revival.

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