Once every three years, you are invited to step inside some of the most beautiful homes in Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff. This year’s tour showcases six homes; five from the early 1900s and a mid-century ranch. Here is a taste of what you will see:
• Two-story carriage house repurposed into a stunning guest suite.
• Desk designed by George Nakishima, an innovator in 20th century furniture design and a father of the American Studio Craft Movement.
• Traditional Four Square with modern owner’s suite and family room addition.
• Letter penned in the 1950s from a teenager to his home’s future owners.
• Renovated 1950s ranch built on the site of a former country club’s clubhouse.
• Ultra-modern, totally renovated Colonial with original art throughout.
A BIT ABOUT THE COMMUNITIES
Grandview Heights began to transition from farm and woodland to residential use in the 1880s. The 1901 extension of a streetcar line from Columbus led to rapid development and incorporation in 1906. The city’s rich history is reflected in the national-register historic “Bank Block,” considered one of the earliest regional shopping centers in the United States; a 1926 single-screen movie theater; historically renovated buildings and homes; a strong Italian heritage; and the longest-continually-operating Victory Garden in the country.
One of the first suburbs of Columbus, Marble Cliff was incorporated as the “Hamlet of Marble Cliff” in 1901. It took its name from the nearby Marble Cliff Quarry Co. The village was a bucolic retreat for wealthy Columbus residents who wanted to get away (and upwind) from the smelly industrial city. The first country club in central Ohio was established in Marble Cliff and among the community’s more famous residents was Samuel Prescott Bush, patriarch of the Bush political dynasty.
Here is a sneak peek of what you will see at each of the homes on this year’s tour.
For details visit: ghmchs.org/home-tours.
MANY THANKS TO THE 2022 TOUR SPONSORS!
Event Classic Papering & Painting, Continental Blinds, Destination Grandview, Fresco Furnishings, InHome Concepts, K.A. Menendian Rug Gallery, Miller Troyer, Street Sotheby’s International Realty, Trove Warehouse, Vernacular
Home Alexander Financial Planning, Carr Supply, Estate Affairs, Griffin-Lantz Insurance Agency, Hamilton Parker, Modlich Stoneworks
Company Bernard Electric, Franklin County Auditor, Resolution Audio & Video, The Cleary Company
Photos by Devon Albeit Photography
Article originally appeared in September 2022