Greater Milford Area Historical Society for its longtime stewardship of Promont at
906 Main Street in Milford, home of Ohio’s forty-third governor, John M. Pattison, from 1879 to
In 1983 James Kirgan, a local business leader, left Promont–home of Ohio’s 43rd governor, John M.
Pattison–to the Greater Milford Area Historical Society. The society made some repairs and upgrades,
then moved in with a small collection and a hard-working group of volunteers. Since then, they’ve
furnished Promont in the style of 1879 to 1906, when the Pattisons lived there, including items
from the Pattison family. Several years ago the society began planning upgrades. They realized
that the first task had to be establishing a museum-quality environment for the collection. To
maintain proper temperature and humidity levels, a specially designed heating, ventilating, and
air conditioning system was added. Funded through a capital campaign and matching funds from the
Greater Cincinnati Foundation, it was designed by Cincinnati Air Conditioning and installed by
Perfection Heating & Air Conditioning. A second project was paint abatement and repainting the
exterior, working with Doug Ignatius of Champlin-Haupt Architects, and contractor E.B. Miller of
Cincinnati. Funded by a grant from the State of Ohio through the Ohio Cultural Facilities
Commission, the abatement removed many layers of paint that had been applied over the years. Every
inch of the surface was scraped, washed, primed, and painted twice–a tedious task that has had the
unexpected benefit of revealing skillfully carved stonework over the windows. Finally, the society
has worked with Allied Windows of Cincinnati to protect the original wooden windows and frames by
adding storm windows, using funds from community donors and the State of Ohio through the Ohio
Cultural Facilities Commission. Today Promont–listed on the National Register of Historic
Places–is a handsome setting in which the Greater Milford Area Historical Society fulfills its
mission of educating the community by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and promoting the
history of Milford and the Victorian era.
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