North Avondale: Cincinnati's Mansion District

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NORTH AVONDALE HISTORY

At the turn of the century, North Avondale was home to Cincinnati’s most wealthy businessmen, including Andrew Erkenbrecher, Samuel Pogue, Barney Kroger, and the Herschede family. In the book written for the City of Cincinnati, "Cincinnati a guide to the Queen City and it's neighbors" published in l943, it says that Avondale was annexed in 1896. "An influx of people from the basin began almost immediately. Many of the newcomers were Reform Jews, who settled in northern Avondale and erected large, tastefully styled homes on rolling landscaped lawns. As the Jewish exodus from the basin continued, most of the suburb became a Jewish colony. The Orthodox Jews infiltrated the southern part of the suburb and gradually moved north, establishing a lively shopping district along Reading Road near Rockdale Avenue. The older Jewish families moved still farther out into the remarkably beautiful Rose Hill area. Today (1943) upper Avondale still is a highly attractive residential district of massive homes and apartment hotels, huge temples and synagogues, heavily stocked shops, and old trees and gardens everywhere."

North Avondale has been described as a beautiful piece of heaven in the middle of the city. It is the largest, most homogeneous neighborhood of impressive turn-of-the-century mansions in the tri-state.

A majority of the stately homes were built between 1900 and 1940 on beautiful, tree-lined, winding streets. Most of the homes were custom-built one-of-a-kind, each one outdoing the next, by European craftsman who later became nationally renowned for their unique and magnificent homes. Examples of their craftsmanship can be seen in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

The North Avondale Neighborhood Association is a well-established, proactive and politically active association. Its efforts are geared towards maintaining and bettering the quality of life and safety in North Avondale.

The residents design, plant, and maintain many gardens and parks at the intersections of the North Avondale streets. Its Community Center offers full size gyms, as well as youth and teen programs to keep children active in the community. Residents are entitled to join North Avondale’s swim club, Clinton Hills Swim Club which is open all summer, has a swim team, swimming lessons, and tennis lessons. Not only that, but the residents hold book clubs, annual progressive dinners, Winter Luminary walks and even block parties.

North Avondale is only minutes from the downtown’s arts, shopping, parks, sports, cultural amenities, universities and hospitals.

A private Montessori school for preschool through grade six, called The New School is housed at the historic Mitchell mansion. North Avondale is also home to North Avondale Montessori School, a public magnate preschool through grade six. It is also home to some fifteen different religious institutions.

If you are interested in history, craftsmanship and value historic homes like a piece of art to be cherished and admired then North Avondale is the place for you!