Four historic Cincinnati properties have been offered on Historic Properties.com, and if no one comes forward to save them they will be lost along with most of South Fairmount for the MSD "glorified drainage ditch" program.
The MSD project has decimated the South Fairmount basin area and essentially results in one of the largest losses of historic property since Kenyan Barr. Between this project, and the proposed widening of Westwood Blvd an important and essential part of Cincinnati History is being decimated. with the loss of most of S Fairmount with the only remaining being some structures on the North side of Queen City and the Knox Hill neighborhood at the top of the hill . This is just the latest chapter in this city's ongoing attempt to destroy its historic fabric and heritage.
Thanks to efforts of preservationists and the Knox Hill Neighborhood Association, who requested 106 review and threatened action if it was not done, the county could not shirk its section 106 compliancy requirements and these properties have, at least a chance, but time is short and the logistics of moving these properties is complex. Ideally corporate entities could come forward and underwrite the saving of part of history on the larger structures the homes could be reasonably moved although interested individuals should try to contact nationally known movers who will change less than local concerns. These are historically significant structures (eligible for Landmark status) that most cities would consider important historical assets and every effort would be made to save them.
The properties are:
1786 Westwood: This excellent example of the Queen Anne style at 1786 Westwood Avenue was constructed circa 1897. The house is currently clad in replacement siding, but historic wood clapboard is present underneath. The building also retains historic wood windows, including a leaded-glass transom, and decorative wood detailing. The turret on the southeast corner of the house has a slate-tiled, conical roof. Other Queen Anne style features include an irregularly shaped roof, asymmetrical floor plan, and a three-bay oriel window on the first story. Brick chimneystacks are located on the west façade and on the peak of the hipped roof. A metal fire escape has been installed on the west façade.
Listing Link: 1786 Westwood
Listing Link: 1806 Westwood
Research shows the upper stories of the building were used as multi-unit rental space with at least four apartments and the storefront area housed various commercial enterprises, including a saloon and grocery store.
Listing Link: 1783 Queen City
The convent was designed by John F. Sheblessy, who was educated at the Chicago Art Institute and the Armour Institute of Technology. He practiced in Chicago and Louisville before moving to Cincinnati in 1907. Sheblessy designed several Roman Catholic churches and other institutional buildings in Cincinnati and its surrounding vicinity. After the St. Bonaventure School closed in 1980, the building was soon divided into 12 apartments by its new owner.
Listing Link: 1789 Queen City
Interested parties should know that: The buildings will likely be sold at auction. Interest in purchasing and moving the building must be expressed no later than May 1, 2015, and the building must be moved from the site no later than August 1, 2015. The buyer will assume all responsibility for the relocation arrangements of the building, and ongoing coordination with the Metropolitan Sewer District will be necessary.
Interested persons should contact: Jennifer Burden, Principal Investigator, Gray & Pape, Inc.
513-287-7700 ext. 152 firstname.lastname@example.org
Time is of the essence