Filed under: Estates
A battle to save a historic house is going on in Cincinnati. A judge has ruled that the city has 30 days to provide compelling arguments that the historic Gamble House in the Westwood area should not be torn down. The Victorian home with an Italianate tower is a home that one of the co-founders of Procter & Gamble once lived in. Preservationists say that the home of the inventor of Ivory soap has historic significance even if it isn't registered as a historic site and is not located in a historic district.
The Greenacres Foundation owns the crumbling property and wants to demolish the home and use the site for its programs which include providing agricultural and environmental education to children. The Foundation says that it doesn't make economic sense for them to repair and maintain the property.
On March 26, court will reconvene to decide the fate of the mansion. The picture above comes from the Save the Historic Gamble Estate NOW! Facebook page which is mobilizing to save the home. There is an online petition and more than a thousand people have registered their support to preserve the home.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this post had the location listed as Westwood, Ohio when in fact this home is in the Westwood area of Cincinnati. We regret the error.