No, you’re not seeing double; we ran a story last month on a different Swiss Chalet, in East Walnut Hills. Turns out there are several of these homes in the Queen city; per the City of Cincinnati’s website, the style, “never widespread in the United States, appears to have enjoyed some celebrity” here, especially in the late 1800’s / early 1900’s.
This particular home, built in 1901, was in need of some love and restoration when current owners Chris and Allison Harten bought it in 2016; he’s an Avondale native who’s been rehabbing properties since he was 18 and she’s the property’s listing agent. To give you a feel for the scale of renovations, it took two weeks alone to strip decades of paint off the double front doors & expose the original diamond-patterned wood below.
Undaunted, the Hartens restored the rest of the home’s original details as well: the wraparound front porch with stained bead board ceiling; the entry hall with built-in wood benches; the wood-paneled tiger oak staircase with window seat and oversized leaded-glass window; and the curved wood window seat beneath a matching curved bay of windows in the dining room. The rest of the home was brought up to 21st century standards: bathrooms, bedrooms, closets, basement and kitchen alike; the latter features a new island, granite countertops and an open plan thanks to a strategically-removed wall.
The house is for sale, by the way, because the Hartens have just started another major renovation project… at the house right next door – an arrangement that might come in handy if this home’s new owners have any questions.
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