Thursday, January 30, 2014

More 'lost history' of Knox Hill

You look and look for history and then one day history comes to you. Such is the case with this home. This house sat where 1520-22 Knox is today. Two overgrown lots that no one pays much attention too however they are a critical part of early Knox Hill History. History that we would not have known had Mark Amlung not posted a photo on Facebook of his Great Grandfathers home that was purchased in 1882 from Samuel Ogden

This home based on its style probably dates from the 1840's-50's which if it were still standing would be one of the oldest homes in the area. According to Mr Amlung's research the home was converted to apartments around 1900.  In 1972, the home was demolished by the city of Cincinnati ,because interest rates were high at the time and the latest and last owner was given 15 DAYS to bring the house up to code. The city demoed it and what most certainly would have qualified for national landmark status, was reduced to rubble.

Interestingly the addition to the right survives although today it is a three story home that was built on top of the two level structure shown in the photo. When one considers the incredible view this home had, the value of it today? Who knows, but it would be a very desirable home.

You will note its called the Miller residence and you can see to the upper left what looks like a road going up the hill. That street today is known as Waveland, but it was named "Miller street" well into the 1940's.

If you look at the right side of this photo you can see how densely populated Knox Hill was with homes covering the hillside. Today over 1/2 of those homes are history due to Cincinnati "blight abatement' policies.

More Knox Hill History as we find it.

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