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Northside House Tour

The fourteenth Northside House Tour will be held Sunday, September 30, 2012 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Northside Community Council, the tour promotes Northside as a place to live and showcases the restoration and renovation work and new housing development taking place in the neighborhood.

This year's tour features a variety of housing styles from Queen Anne to Tudor to contemporary. 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 new house that is LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Parks and green spaces are part of the identity of this near-downtown neighborhood, and several tour homes are situated in unexpected park-like settings.

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 capital - choose from Take the Cake, Honey, Melt, Park Chili, or The Comet. 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.

Tickets for the tour are $15 in advance (Sept. 17 to 29) online and

On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at Churches Active in Northside, (4230 Hamilton Avenue) for $18, with $1 from each sale donated to CAIN.

A free shuttle will run during the tour, taking visitors from the Northside business district to houses along the tour route.

For more information, call 513-541-1939 or email.

Northside House Tour poster by Alan Hopfensperger


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