This week’s Friday fixer-upper is a one-of-a-kind find that I don’t see often—which is saying a lot, since I comb through Zillow on a daily basis!
Meet the Historic Enger Mansion, one of the “Great Houses of Cincinnati.” You’re looking at 10 bedrooms, 5 baths, and a sprawling 12,668 sqft of genuine Beaux Arts/Italian Renaissance Revival beauty. Built before the turn of the 20th century in 1897, this old mansion sits on a 1.78 acre lot and comes with a 4,800 sqft carriage house.
Address: 992 Marion Ave,Cincinnati, OH 45229
Stats: 10 beds 5 baths 12,668 sqft
Full Listing: HERE
The Eye Candy:
This house was originally owned by businessman Franklin Enger and designed by architect Matthew H. Burton. After converting the family business of carriage manufacturing to automobile production right at the turn of the century, Enger was a huge success. His new Enger Motor Car Company got popular, and the profits went towards funding this lavish Enger Mansion.
When it was first built, the mansion had an elevator (new technology at the time), a bowling alley, and a complete refrigeration system. Talk about ahead-of-it’s time luxury.
I am completely enamored with this house. It’s the kind of home that’s fit for modern-day royalty. It would definitely be an ambitious project for anybody, but how can you pass this up? It would make an extraordinary bed and breakfast, or even a romantic wedding venue! Just check out the soaring ceilings and the epic foyer.
Everywhere you look, there are beautiful, wooden pocket doors with delicate carvings.
I’m obsessed with all the woodwork and built-ins in these rooms!
Walk through the grand foyer and up the staircase, to gorgeous stained glass windows and rich, dark wood everywhere.
The upstairs needs the most work…
… but the BATHROOMS! How beautiful is this colorful, detailed tilework? So unique!
The facade is brick and limestone with glazed white terracotta accents. Amazing.
Want to check out this house in more detail? Here’s the original listing over at Keller Williams Realty. Just let us know if you end up the proud owner of this incredible, modern-day palace.
AUTHOR TERESA IAFOLLA
A contributor to the CIRCA blog, Teresa has been captivated by old, character-rich houses since she was little. Growing up in the cookie-cutter suburbs of Montgomery County, Maryland, she dreamed of one day calling a quirky, old Victorian “home,” often pouring over house plans and blueprints from the local hardware store. Chasing that fondness for all things steeped in history, Teresa attended college at William & Mary, the second-oldest college in the U.S., based in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. After graduating with a degree in English Literature and Psychology, she moved into a restored Baltimore row home, circa 1830. Currently, Teresa lives in San Francisco and spends her days ogling the colorful Victorian Italianates that line her Mission neighborhood.