Some of Cincinnati’s most interesting properties are wedged into the Mt. Adams hillside, overlooking the Ohio River. Prime example: this white 1983 contemporary home known simply as the “Gordon House” for its only owner to date.
Designed by former DAAP staffers John Meunier and Burtram Berenson, the structure is unusual both for its vertical cladding and its semi-circular design elements, most notably in the front entry, spiral main staircase, and massive floor-to-ceiling bay-style window in the great room. But Meunier and Berenson took great care to include expansive views in almost every space here, too. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the great room and kitchen, with panoramic window views stretching from the downtown Cincinnati skyline across a significant portion of the Ohio River. The home also affords prime views, inside and out, of multiple Ohio River bridges, especially the giant yellow arches of the Big Mac.
Though local developers have been more enamored lately with Over-the-Rhine, Mt. Adams is the kind of urban neighborhood that makes a city like Cincinnati unique. With its narrow hillside roads, innovative architecture, and easy access to both Eden Park and multiplecultural venues (like the Cincinnati Art Museum, Playhouse in the Park, and Krohn Conservatory), it’s a natural showcase for the city’s diverse interests and landscape and a true Queen City gem.