Saturday, May 04, 2002

Five East Walnut Hills classics on home tour

By Joy Kraft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The five East Walnut Hills historic homes on the Cincinnati Preservation Association tour next Saturday have retained their architectural authenticity and personality, despite many years and multiple owners under their belts.

Four of the houses on the tour (clockwise from top left):
  • Redbrick Tudor Revival Poque House
  • Arts & Crafts /Prarie-style on Madison Road
  • early Gothic revival Woodburn on Madison Road
  • Tudor revial on Keys Crescent
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        The “Woodburn,” the John Baker House, 1887 Madison Road, was originally one of three Keys family homes on a 30-acre estate between Woodburn Avenue and O'Bryonville. It is is considered to be the finest Early Gothic revival design in Greater Cincinnati, according to Great Houses of the Queen City by Walter E. Langsam.

        And the red, brick Tudor Revival on the tour — the Pogue House — has had only two owners in its 86-year history.

        Built in 1916-17 by Henry Pogue, son of the founders of H&S Pogue department stores in Cincinnati, it was almost in original condition when Deborah Cummins and her husband, James, bought it in 1972.

  • What: Cincinnati Preservation Association Home Tour
  • When: Noon-5 p.m. next Saturday
  • Where: Five historic homes in East Walnut Hills
  • Cost: $25 for Cincinnati Preservation Society members, $30 for guests.
  • Reservations, information: 721-4506 or e-mail
        Their first renovation took care of mechanicals and updates, then almost 30 years later, in 1991, they began a second phase — a 3,000-square-foot addition that included an updated kitchen, family room, master bedroom and exercise room carefully replicating the construction style down to the leaded glass windows. The house is now 11,000 square feet. Tim Jeckering was the architect; John Dallman and Billy Bohl the builders. The original architects were John Zettel and George W. Rapp.

        “Most people can't tell there's an addition,” says Mrs. Cummins, whose interior design of the home got her into the business. She is now with Nottinghill Gate Interiors in Hyde Park.

        Asked about the pitfalls of renovating an old home, Ms. Cummins says “there are none if you renovate properly. It feels like a new house, but with much more character.”

        Other homes on the tour include “The Castle,” a French Renaissance chateau at 1833 Keys Crescent, a half-timbered Tudor Revival at 1815 Keys Crescent and an early Arts & Crafts design with Prairie style influence at 1885 Madison Road.

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