Friday, April 25, 2014

Road Trip: May 10 - Mansions of Lafayette Avenue Spring House Tour 2014

One of the most fun things I have done in Cincinnati - was a tour of homes in Clifton. It was quite a few years ago - BL (Before Larry) - and it was actually a first date! What a great date idea - we had a map of homes and just a whole afternoon to look at houses and get to know each other. While the date didn't lead to marriage (good for Larry - right) - the tour has stuck with me.

In just a couple of weeks on Saturday May 10 from 1-5pm - you can tour the Mansions of Lafayette Avenue on the Spring House Tour 2014. The historic mansions are AMAZING! Tickets are on sale now at (info below) - go now!

You'll be touring "Oakwood" - the 1866 Norman Revival home of Henry Probasco. Probasco was a hardware magnate back in the day and oh yeah - he donated that little fountain to downtown Cincinnati. ;-)

"Scarlet Oaks" - the 1870 High Victorian Gothic mansion of George Shoenberger. This mansion and the "Oakwood" are both on the National Register of Historic Places. Scarlet Oaks was the largest home in Cincinnati at the time it was built.

and "Stonehedge" - an 1887 Swiss Chalet with Arts & Crafts flavor built for H.C. Hulbert. Hulbert was a big name in the paper industry back then - akin to Dunder or Mifflin apparently.

Advance tickets are highly recommended - you can purchase them online at They are $25 for CPA (Cincinnati Preservation Association) members and $30 for guests/non-members.

Will call and parking are available the day of at the Cincinnati Women's Club (330 Lafayette Ave).

Mark May 10 on your calendar now and make your plans - you won't be sorry. You don't get to tour mansions like this very often. There will also be docents at each home to tell you about the home and it's history!

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