I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to the One Great House Tour sponsored by the Cincinnati Preservation Association.  Each spring this is one of my favorite traditions.  I love to witness the beauty and unique features of architecture of homes in our region.  Each year a different neighborhood is spotlighted for this tour and this year the CPA is mixing things up by only having one fabulous house on the tour.  The One Great House Tour takes place on Mother’s Day Weekend and it is my favorite treat to have…I do not need pampering, I want to explore our great city!  Read all about the One Great House Tour below and then get your tickets soon!


We will feature a national award-winning Modernist home on a wooded 6.5- acre setting in Indian Hill

The tour will be on Saturday, May 11, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Lloyd Taft House is one of Cincinnati’s finest and best-known late-20th-century Modern residences. It was built in 1978 for investment broker Lloyd Taft, son of Ohio Senator Robert A. Taft, Sr., and grandson of President William Howard Taft. The house is the only Cincinnati residential work of New York architect Charles Gwathmey who, with his partner Robert Siegel, continued work based on the classical Modernists of the mid-20th-century.

Containing 7,000 square feet, the-house’s distinctive design consists of a series of wings linked together by freestanding walls. Behind the plain façade is a network of discrete living areas incorporating a sheltered courtyard and a broad terrace. Renovations and additions have honored and enhanced the house’s many remarkable architectural features. Architect Carl Strauss converted the garage into a family room, enclosed the breezeway in glass, and repurposed the greenhouse as a garage. Stewart Shillito Maxwell, architect and interior designer, updated the kitchen and modernized the patio.

The Lloyd Taft House is featured in the book Great Houses of the Queen City by Walter E. Langsam and Alice Weston. In 1984 the house earned the American Institute of Architects’ National Honor Award.

The home sits on a 6.5 acre estate at the end of a winding, wooded lane in Indian Hill.  Enhanced by soaring ceilings, the windows frame beautiful vistas sure to entice guests outdoors.  The rooftop garden along with the pool and spacious stone patio provide a lovely setting to enjoy the afternoon.

In addition to this spectacular home, tour goers can learn about the history of modern architecture, the iconic Terrace Plaza Hotel and CPA’s renovation of the Rauh House.  Our speakers, Elizabeth Meyer (Visual Resources Librarian, University of Cincinnati), Paul Muller (CPA Executive Director) and Shawn Patrick Tubb, AIA (architect and author) will be presenting 20-minute talks throughout the afternoon.

House Sponsor:

Doug Manzler



Disclaimer:  In exchange for promoting this event I was given two complimentary tickets to enjoy the tour.  The opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

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