The childhood home holds a special place in one’s heart, as its the lockbox of memories from years past. And unless the family abode stays in the family, we often leave those memories behind. That was the case, until recently, for LeAnn Lodder. She had the rare opportunity to experience something that most of us don’t, a return visit to her childhood house. Except, here’s the catch… the home had been totally renovated.
From LeAnn Lodder, a former resident of the featured home
My parents bought the house in the early 1960s; and my sister, brother, and I grew up there. The big backyard was the stage for our games, wars & plays, and kids from the neighboring yards that bordered ours sometimes climbed over the fence to join in.
The classic, boxy Colonial house fit our family of five fine, but always seemed a bit snug. That’s why it’s so surprising to see how the renovation has opened up space I hadn’t imagined could be there. Entering the house through the back door and seeing how the kitchen has been opened up to the dining room—creating an airy, bright, modern living space that flows into the living room—is breathtaking.
Yet it’s nice to see the solid “bones” of the house’s original 1920s construction preserved and made new again—the beautiful hardwood floors, woodwork, and window frames, the doors with their glass doorknobs, and the French doors opening out to the side porch off the living room.
Our late parents, Robert and Harriet Lodder, together opened Lodder Photography in Pleasant Ridge in 1950, and for more than 40 years, our dad photographed Cincinnati families and history. Harriet later joined her good friends, Betty and Aaron Tumen, at The Brass Eagle, their antiques business in Pleasant Ridge, where she fostered her love of antiques, building an extensive collection of Rookwood pottery and other Cincinnati artifacts. I think our parents would have been happy to see the little piece of history represented by their Pleasant Ridge home preserved and restored for a new generation of Cincinnatians.
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Located at 3440 Woodford Road in Pleasant Ridge, the 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house was built in 1929. Kevin Geraci of Flipping Cincy handled the renovation, with the drawings by FW Design. And after only five days on the market, a sale is already pending.
To see inside this gorgeous renovation, scroll back to the top and visit the photo gallery.