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2008 Ohio Historic Preservation Office Award Recipients

Preservation Merit Award to Greenacres Foundation and ATA Beilharz Architects, LLC / Robert Powell Associates, Inc. for the rehabilitation and adaptive use of the 1924 Julius Fleischmann House at 8400 Blome Rd. in Indian Hill as the Greenacres Art Center.


This project involves the adaptive use of one of Indian Hillís grandest estates as an arts and educational center. Designed by Cincinnati architect Stanley Matthews, the house was built in 1924 as the centerpiece of Winding Creek Farm, the Julius Fleischmann estate. By the 1990s it had seriously deteriorated due to neglect, vacancy, and alterations. Renovation began in 2006, preserving and restoring original fabric while adapting the house for public use. The project was carried out with sensitivity, preserving as much of the original house as possible. Damaged architectural features were restored and missing ones, removed years ago, were faithfully recreated. The original radiators were cleaned and reconditioned for use with a new boiler. Leaded casement windows and hardware were restored and reinstalled. Wooden doors were restored and reused, and where fire-rated doors were required, new ones were created to harmonize with the originals. One of the most complex efforts was recreating the salon fireplace, which had been removed and dumped outside years before. The 5,000-pound stone mantelpiece was restored to its original place, and the chimney was rebuilt in its original U form. Finally, the Aeolian pipe organ was restored to working condition, filling the room with music. Outside, the cascade fountain descending into a moat, part of the original landscape designed by A.D. Taylor, was restored to functioning condition. Greenacres Foundation is a private non-profit established in 1988 by Louis and Louise Nippert, who bought Greenacres Farm in 1949.

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