A Historic Avondale Mansion Gets a Reno Fit for the 21st Century

From the coffered ceilings to the majestic fireplaces, this historic beauty has been thoughtfully restored.

3891 Reading Rd., Avondale

At first glance, you might not expect this grand mansion to be located right here in Cincinnati. But the historic home, which sits smack dab in the middle of Avondale, is a Queen City treasure with its intricate architecture and high-end features. And a head-to-toe renovation makes it unlike any historic home you’ll find nearby.

Photograph courtesy Heather McHenry, WOW Photography

Built in 1905 by banker Charles Thurnaurer, the home is on one of the original plots of the Rose Hill area. Later, the Talbert House family owned the property, which remains a historic time capsule. It took five years to fully renovate the home—but all that time paid off. Sleek, thoughtful details (like the brand new hardwood floors) shine throughout.

Stretched over a half-acre lot, the home is fully fenced-in and features a U-shaped driveway that leads right up to the grand entrance. The mansion boasts six bedrooms and three and a half baths, one of which features an original Carrara marble vanity.

Photograph courtesy Heather McHenry, WOW Photography

In the foyer, you’re greeted with a sweeping, airy view thanks to the white arches and modern pendant lights that perfectly mesh with the new staircase. Natural light spills into the entry and the light wood floors and white walls make the space even brighter.

To the left, the living room features a massive stone fireplace and several windows that surround the room. And nearby, the dining room has an intricate ceiling design and board and batten walls. The Rookwood fireplace is a delightful nod to the home’s historic past.

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Next to the dining room, the butler’s pantry features several cabinets, perfect for extra storage. The kitchen is unexpectedly simple with its warm, yellow-toned cabinets, white marble countertops, and stainless-steel appliances. That simplicity, though, allows the intricate floors to pop.

Photograph courtesy Heather McHenry, WOW Photography

Upstairs, you’ll find expansive bedrooms with sky-high ceilings and plenty of updated historic details. The main bedroom, located right through a set of pocket doors, is an oasis with its seating area, fireplace, and luxurious en-suite bathroom. Down the hall, the soaking tub even gets its own private room.

Photograph courtesy Heather McHenry, WOW Photography

In historic homes like this one, the third floor is often an afterthought. But the renovators took their time with this extra space. New hardwood floors and whitewashed walls make it the perfect blank canvas for the new owners to turn it into a seventh bedroom, a work-from-home office, or even a workout space.

Photograph courtesy Heather McHenry, WOW Photography

But speaking of blank canvases, the possibilities are endless in that massive backyard, perfect for entertaining!

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