Our region is full of  beautifully restored historic homes and buildings.  We really do have some amazing historic architecture all cpa logo 230karound our region, and since I was a young girl I have had a fascination with older homes and even old buildings that house businesses.  I love pretty much all vintage architecture.  I think I get this obsession from my dad, he’s always had a great appreciation for and knowledge about anything stonehedge 2014 02 13historical.  I’ve satiated my fascination with historic architecture by taking pictures every where I go and taking many tours of homes, old breweries, churches, and even an old theater.  Having said all this, I doubt I have to tell you how enthusiastic I was when I was asked to help promote the Cincinnati Preservation Association’s Spring House tour on Lafayette Avenue in Cincinnati.   I jumped at the chance to help spread the word about this tour and in return my dad and I will get to take the tour ourselves.  The homes we will be touring look so gorgeous from the outside, I cannot wait to get a glimpse of the inside!  Tickets are on sale now, so if this sounds like something you would like to do be sure to grab yourself some tickets, we will see you there!

More information about the Cincinnati Preservation Association’s 2014 Mansions of Lafayette Avenue Tour:250px-Scarlet_Oaks_in_Cincinnati

Cincinnati Preservation Association’s 2014 Mansions of Lafayette Avenue house tour on Saturday, May 10 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. will feature three outstanding historic residences, two of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.  Two are architectural icons built for “barons of Clifton”: “Oakwood,” the 1866 Norman Revival home of Henry Probasco, and “Scarlet Oaks,” the 1870 High Victorian Gothic mansion of George Shoenberger. The newest of the three, “Stonehedge,” is an 1887 Swiss Chalet with Arts and Crafts flavor built for H.C. Hulbert.  Oakwood and Scarlet Oaks are on the National Register.  Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 513-721-4506, mailing payment to 342 W. 4th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, or online at www.cincinnatipreservation.org.  Cost is $25.00 for CPA members and $30.00 for guests/nonmembers. Cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard are welcome.  Will call and parking will be at the Cincinnati Women’s Club, 330 Lafayette Avenue.  For more information, call 513-721-4506.

800px-Henry_Probasco_HouseTo make this year’s event even more special, Cincinnati Preservation Association is celebrating its 50th Anniversary!  What started as the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation in 1964, who worked to preserve Shawnee Lookout, has grown into an amazing association that is the recognized resource and catalyst for the preservation of historic cultural resources through education, advocacy, and technical support.    Along with the Spring Home Tour, CPA is also looking forward to its 50th Anniversary Gala and Fall Forum coming in the Fall of 2014, and is currently promoting it’s 50 for 50 contest on Facebook  where fans are encouraged to vote for the top 50 historic buildings and sites which help define Cincinnati.  The 50 for 50 contest winners will then be featured in the CPA 50th Anniversary exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center in the Fall.

 Visit the Cincinnati Preservation Association on the web and on Facebook to find out more about the great things they do.

Disclaimer: I was given a pair of tickets to tour the homes on Lafayette Avenue in return for helping to promote the event.