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Upstairs Downstairs

Historic House Tour

By Margo Warminski, Preservation Director, Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA)

Photos by Robin Victor Goetz/RVGP Inc.

A Grand Vista historical visit

Five magnificent homes on Grand Vista Avenue in Pleasant Ridge will be featured during the Cincinnati Preservation Association’s Historic House tour on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Transportation built the “beautiful Cincinnati residential suburb” of Pleasant Ridge.

First, an Indian trail (Ridge Road). Next, the Montgomery Turnpike. Then, steam commuter railroads, electric interurban streetcars, and automobiles. Founded as a farming village in the 1790s, Pleasant Ridge was incorporated in 1891 and annexed by Cincinnati in 1912.

The 1920s were boom years for Cincinnati, and the former village was growing rapidly. In the late 1920s the Grand Vista Subdivision was platted: an upscale development of large homes on big lots. The street was laid out along a wooded ridge, shaded by huge old trees. It was built on the highest point in the neighborhood to take advantage of summer breezes and views of the Millcreek Valley. To maintain its exclusive character and cut down on traffic, it was not connected to any other streets.

During the late 1920s, stately residences were built in popular styles of the period: Georgian Revival, Craftsman, Tudor Revival, Dutch Colonial, Norman Revival. Most were conservative stylistically, with one starkly modern exception: a Prairie Style residence. Look for it on your walk through the neighborhood!

A home on Grand Vista was a token of success, and prominent business owners and professionals lived there.

Over the years, the beautiful homes of Grand Vista Avenue have been cherished by their owners. CPA is proud to share this Cincinnati treasure with you. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Click here for the Walter Parry Dolle House 

Click here for the Gustave A. and Emma Ginter House

Click here for the Victor A. and Blanche Gebhardt House


Click here for the Emmons R. Booth House


Click here for the Ruth House



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