Officially, the style of this 129-year-old home in Walnut Hills is Richardsonian Romanesque, although we think “northern sandcastle” would also be an appropriate description for both it and the nearly identical home right next door. But never mind that. We’re more interested in the interiors of this place, which have been carefully restored to their original splendor. The wood-and-leaded-glass front door alone, flanked by two substantial sidelights, is worth more than a passing glance, as is the main staircase.
The real showstopper here, though, is that front hall fireplace, complete with marble pillars and panels, carved wood ornamentation, and the coolest stained glass window we’ve ever seen in a local house. Set inside a painted, wood paneled box, the multi-colored glass above the fireplace is bowed into a convex curve. If that’s not enough, check out the formal living room across the way, with curved plaster walls and another stained glass window (shout out to the current homeowner, who seems to have tastefully matched upholstered furnishings to its color palate).
There’s more stained glass in the dining room and main staircase as well, but our favorite space of all just might be the master bedroom’s sitting spot, carved into the turret and painted a darker shade of blue than the rest of the room. Add in a third floor rec room and chic, updated kitchen and baths, and this home really does live like a castle—with or without sand.