Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hidden Treasures of Northside House Tour XIV
Discover the “Hidden Treasures of Northside” during a house tour on Sunday, Sept. 30
Discover the character and charm hidden in homes throughout Greater Cincinnati’s most eclectic neighborhood, during the fourteenth Northside House Tour on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 12-5 p.m.
This year’s tour includes eight houses, from Victorian-era painted ladies to contemporary green buildings. Visitors will find historic and architectural gems, including a house that boasts its original Nutone doorbell from 1928, a yard that once had a pond used to water visiting circus animals, and a house that is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. A passport will offer visitors the opportunity to learn more about each house.
Take a trip through Northside to find homes from a Queen Anne-style house with original woodwork and fireplaces to a 1928 Tudor with a unique fireplace ceramic tile by Batchelder tile, a California manufacturer popular in the Arts and Crafts movement.
Visitors can make an afternoon of it, starting the day with a meal in Cincinnati’s brunch capitol – choose from Take the Cake, Honey, Melt, NYPD Pizza, Ko-Sho, Park Chili, Boswell's, Sidewinder, The Comet, Tacocracy and, of course, White Castle! They can then head out on the house tour, on foot or via a complementary shuttle, that will take them to houses throughout the neighborhood.
Along with their unique interiors, many homes along the tour highlight the incredible green space to be found in the midst an urban environment such as Northside. Whether it's a beautifully landscaped garden terraced with paths of hydrangeas, hostas, and ornamental grasses or a backyard the sits along Parker Woods, homeowners in Northside have found inventive ways to take full advantage of the Cincinnati Parks and the large yards found throughout the neighborhood.
Need a break during the tour? Stop by one of the Northside hospitality centers in the business district. Churches Active in Northside (CAIN), will have food and beverages. And at Happen, Inc., those who present their passports will receive a free wind chime created by a Happen member (Supplies will be limited.) Stores in the business district will also be open, so visitors can stop by Fabricate, NVISION, On the Prowl Vintage, Shake It Records, Casablance Vintage, Tantrum, Picnic and Pantry and other shops to pick up unique gifts and other items.
A free shuttle will run during the tour, taking visitors from the Northside business district to houses along the tour route.
The Hidden Treasures of Northside house tour is sponsored by the Northside Community Council, the North Side Bank and Trust. and the Chas. A. Miller & Sons Funeral Home.
Tickets for the tour are $15 in advance (Sept. 17 to 29) online and

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