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The Address: 66 Rio Vista Drive

Rio Vista means “river view” in Spanish, but in Northern Kentucky, it just might mean “fun.” At least, that’s the impression you get from this 9,000-square-foot contemporary home for sale (list price, $1.4 million) in one of Ft. Thomas’s most exclusive river-view communities.

Room With a View

In the glory days of Cincinnati dining, the Gourmet Room loomed large, with its five Mobil stars and starry-eyed views. But times and tastes changed, leaving the restaurant—and the Terrace Plaza—behind. A look back at the rise and fall of a landmark.

Real Estate: 309 Oregon St.

The first time he looked at the steep, narrow lot at the end of Oregon Street that would become The Palisades of Mt. Adams, architect John Senhauser knew it would pose a challenge—and that he could meet it. “There aren’t many places in Mt. Adams where you could really do flats like this,” Senhauser sa

Real Estate: House Hounds

The weekend’s highlight will undoubtedly be the off-site tours. All three Usonian homes will open for conference participants, as will a myriad of other modern gems, including Richard Neutra’s Schneider house in Amberley Village, Ray Roush’s and (later) Jose Garcia’s Dwivedi-Schiff house in Hyde Park, and the Lowrie house in Clifton (home to former DAAP Dean Jay Chatterjee, this was the city’s first modern house). Springfield’s Wescott House (pictured above) is also on the itinerary.