The Nagele Merz House, circa 1870
Knox Hill Neighborhood, Cincinnati, Ohio $20,000
“Additional $5,000 cut! Price slashed to $20,000 for immediate sale, was $42,500. Priced far below cost to date. Situated in the Knox Hill Neighborhood, once an area of weekend retreats and summer cottages for the wealthiest families in Cincinnati stands the Nagele Merz House, a second Empire Cottage. This home is offered for only the third time in its history. Built by the Kinsey family as a guesthouse in the Knox Hill Neighborhood, circa 1870-71, it was convenient to the Schuetzenverine, an exclusive shooting club of the cities most prominent families. However, this “weekend” cottage was treated to “mansion like” decorative arts.
The formal parlor, formal dining and bedrooms were all treated to hand painted Neo Grec stenciling and sky mural work. The home was sold to Antone Nagele and his wife Emma Merz in the late 1880’s. Nagele was a noted stone artisan who worked on many important Cincinnati landmark buildings and built the original retaining wall still on site. The home remained within the Nagele-Merz families and heirs until 2008. The home had suffered serious decline and the elegant stencil work had long been painted over and the home suffered the indignity of being a rental home. By 2008, sitting in foreclosure and possibly destined for demolition, few thought or expected it to survive.
Purchased by the owners of Victorian Antiquities & Design in late 2008, as restoration work began many secrets were revealed including the rare stenciling which was fortunate since the firm is known for its interior restoration and decorative painting. A great deal of work has been done to the home including the arduous task of restoration of the formal parlor stencils and hand painted sky ceiling. Additionally the formal dining restoration has been begun and is well underway. The exterior had its 1920’s siding removed and the home was repainted in 2009 but is ready for some touchup.
The home has had new wiring carefully fished through walls and new Pex plumbing is in place and ready for hookup. The home includes two beautifully restored cast iron mantels and custom built over mantel and matching ebonized wood valance in parlor. Both rooms have hand painted medallions and period light fixtures. The parlor has a new custom period bordered floor and material is on site for the dining room floor. The home comes with clawfoot tub and many other materials to continue the restoration. The home is priced far below restoration costs to date.
The home is eligible for registry nomination based on architecture and history. The home has a protective deed covenant requiring exterior work be done to historic standard and a protective covenant on the parlor stenciling. The home is zoned single family and sits on two large lots with much landscaping and historic stone wall in front. It has been featured in numerous publications and blogs and was the feature home in the 2012 Knox Hill Preservation Opportunity Home Tour.
Owners are expanding their historic period design business operation and must regrettably sell this one of a kind home to new stewards who will continue with its restoration.”
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