If you're reading this, chances are you're just as intrigued as we are about seeing the insides of spectacular homes. Whether they be old mansions-turned-event-spaces or active households for modern families, admiring opulence is easy—especially when the owners or caretakers offer information about the place's story.
From Newport, KY to Springfield, OH, we've seen our fair share of incredible homes that impressed us. Trying to pick favorites is hard because of the fierceness of the competition. Regardless, we hand-picked ten homes that absolutely stunned us for their own reasons when we visited them.
See photos of each place in the gallery above. Below is the list with links to pieces we've done on each place.
- OAKWOOD (Clifton)
Completed in 1863, Oakwood is a Norman Romanesque Revival mansion that can only be likened to Cincinnati's version of Civil War-era Hogwarts. It was built for Henry Probasco, a hardware store magnate who made a fortune in the mid-1800s. The Neyer family resides there today.
- THE BELVEDERE (North Avondale)
Completed in 1926, the 12-story structure was built in the Second Renaissance Revival style. It's most notable for its construction, however. Newspapers of the time claim the cast-in-place concrete building was the first of its kind in America. Today, it's a condo complex that looks more like Buckingham Palace than something in Midwest America.
- WIEDEMANN HILL MANSION (Newport)
The Wiedemann Hill Mansion, designed by famed Cincinnati architect Samuel Hannaford, was completed in 1894 for George and Agnes Wiedemann. George was the founder of the Wiedemann Brewing Company (located in Newport) and used his fortune to build their new home atop a hill that overlooked the city across the river. It serves as the personal home for its caretakers and a rentable event space today.
- THE CANTALOUPE KING MANSION (North Avondale)
Stephen A. Gerrard, a poverty-stricken youth who became a wealthy and prominent grocery tycoon by the turn of the 20th Century, built a Gothic Tudor Revival house in North Avondale in 1915. The house sits upon the highest point in the neighborhood and is also notable for having the largest residential pipe organ in the United States. It is the personal residence of Tiffany Zerby and Adam Heider today.
- PETERLOON (Indian Hill)
The Peterloon Estate is the former home of legendary Cincinnati developer John J. Emery and well-known philanthropist Irene Emery. Built in 1928, the home was set on 1,200 acres of land and features 300- to 500-year-old building materials imported straight from Europe. Today it serves as an upscale venue for events.
- PINECROFT (Mt. Airy)
Pinecroft, the historic mansion of Powel Crosley, Jr., is located in Mount Airy. A famed inventor, entrepreneur, and industrialist, Crosley was the builder of Crosley automobiles and owner of the Cincinnati Reds. Pinecroft serves as an event space today.
- THE ENGER HOUSE/MARION HALL (North Avondale)
This mansion is a 15,000-square-foot, 1.8-acre Beaux-Arts home that was completed in 1897 in North Avondale. It was originally built for the Enger family by Matthew H. Burton. After serving as several personal residences and even a Xavier dorm for a spell, the house was updated for its current family, which includes three children and a French bulldog.
- THE 2018 URBAN OASIS HOUSE (Oakley)
HGTV renovated an old home in Oakley into an absolute stunner this past year as part of its 2018 Urban Oasis sweepstakes. While the specific history of the home doesn't involve the likes of 19th century wealthy Cincinnatians, it includes some of the boldest paint jobs and most exquisite furnishings we've seen. It's currently awaiting the announcement of its future owner!
- THE WESTCOTT HOUSE (Springfield)
Completed in 1908 for Burton and Orphan Westcott, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home is located in Springfield, Ohio. It’s the only Prairie Style house designed by Wright in the state of Ohio. After an extensive restoration in the early-2000s, the Westcott House serves as a museum today.
- SECLUDED INDIAN HILL RETREAT (Indian Hill)
A couple in Indian Hill designed their home with open, airy, light-filled spaces with 360-degree views of the woods and fields around them. Their house seeks to complement the nature surrounding it with thoughtful Asian/European-inspired style. It serves as the personal residence of a couple and their dog today.