Suburban Buildings



Avondale Library.jpg (107061 bytes)    Avondale Library.jpg (220360 bytes)

   The Avondale Library is located at 3566 Reading Road and was constructed in 1913 and funded by Andrew Carnegie. The library has a domed entrance with Rookwood tile. Each reading room has its own fireplace. The 2nd image is a present day photo.


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 East End 

  Another Carnegie library is the one in the East End at 3738 Eastern Avenue that was constructed in 1907 and was closed in 1959. Designed by Samuel Hannaford & Sons it is now the Carnegie Center of Columbia-Tusculum (3rd present day photograph).


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   The Norwood Library was constructed in 1907 with, of course, Carnegie money at 4325 Montgomery Avenue. The building was renovated in the 60s and restored in 2001 and can be seen in the last photograph.


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 Price Hill Library

   The Price Hill Library at 3215 Warsaw Avenue was built in 1909 with yet more of Carnegie's unlimited monetary fund. It has bird-shaped door handles and a sky-light. The last image above is a overhead view as it looks today.


Dayton St Library.jpg (56220 bytes)    Dayton St Library-2.jpg (67032 bytes)        West End Library Building.jpg (290117 bytes)        West End Branch Public Library.jpg (153346 bytes)
             Dayton Street Branch                                         Old                 West End Public Library Building                  New

   Library service began in the West End in 1908, when the Dayton Street Branch opened its doors at 924 Dayton St. When that branch closed it reopened as the West End Public Library at 2306 West Eighth Street (at the corner with Glenway Avenue). After the library moved again in the early 50s, the Ross Printing  Co. moved into the building as can be seen in the 3rd image above. This building was the first Carnegie Library building built and was also the first, and only, torn down in 1947 shortly after the Incline closed. (Ross Printing is no longer in business). Over the years, the library has been in a variety of locations, including a room in a public school and a small station in the Lincoln Laurel Housing Project. In 1961, the current location, a one-story brick and concrete building, designed by the architectural firm of Glaser and Meyer, opened as the Lincoln Park Branch. In 2001, the branch was renamed the West End Branch Library to better reflect the community it serves.


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                                                  Walnut Hills                                                  

   The Walnut Hills Library was constructed in 1906 at 2533 Kemper Lane and was again funded by Andrew Carnegie and contains an ornate frieze above twin columns that were brought here from Munich, Germany.  The 4th image is a present day photograph.


Library-3.jpg (96492 bytes)        Cumminsville Library 3.jpg (241881 bytes)                Northside Library.jpg (162927 bytes)

The Cumminsville Library is located at 4219 Hamilton Ave and was constructed in 1908. It, of course is another of Carnegie's contributions to the literacy of America's citizens. The library was renovated in 2000 and renamed Northside and is seen in the last photograph.

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                 Corryville                                                                              Thes4e are not Postcards

 The North Cincinnati Branch Library 2802 Vine Street is on the corner of Vine Street and Daniels in the heart of University Village. The entrance to the parking lot is on the Daniels side of the building. This building is yet another Carnegie funded project that opened on April 2, 1907. The interior is dominated by a large stained glass dome supported by a circle of oak columns. In 1996, the facility underwent a major renovation and restoration project. When it reopened in August of 1997 it was renamed the Corryville Branch to better reflect the community it serves.
   As I am sure you noticed that the Name Andrew Carnegie came up rather often in regards to the Libraries mentioned above. Andrew Carnegie was of course one of the richest men in history thanks to his steel empire. Mr. Carnegie in fact funded over 1,600 libraries in the United States alone, including nine in the Cincinnati area. The only one not mentioned above is the Hyde Park Library which I don't appear to have (yet). Each one cost between $30,000 and $45,000. It is estimated that by the time of his death in 1919 he had given away $350 million. What that equates to in today's dollars, I have no idea.


Mariemont Library.jpg (609626 bytes)
Mariemont Library

   The photograph above shows the current library that was constructed in 1972 at 3810 Pocahontas Ave. The original library was not a Carnegie funded project as it was built in 1926, 7 years after his death. I obviously have no postcards of the library and have been unable to locate any images of the original structure that was built on Chestnut St.


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Kings Mills Library

   Thanks to Kevin Lawson for the present day photograph of the 4th postcard located at Kings Ave. north of Church Street.



Evanston Bookmobile.jpg (635370 bytes)

Not a building, but where else could I put it?



Harrison Water Tower.jpg (92936 bytes)                Water Tower-Norwood-1.jpg (75197 bytes)        Norwood Hamilton Residence.jpg (246169 bytes)        Water Tower-Norwood-2.jpg (81742 bytes)        Norwood WT.jpg (268068 bytes)
Harrison                                                                                                  Norwood                                                             


Water Tower-St Bernard.jpg (158083 bytes)            Loveland water tower.jpg (90369 bytes)                                Mt Airy Tower.jpg (364105 bytes)
St. Bernard                        Loveland                                                               Mt. Airy         


Water Tower-Milford.jpg (95869 bytes)    Milford 1st Concrete Water Tower.jpg (333593 bytes)            Glendale WT and Town Hall.jpg (120828 bytes)    Water Tower Glendale.jpg (160798 bytes)Glendale Water Tower n1.jpg (226311 bytes)
America's First Concrete Water Tower,  Milford                                                                Glendale                                             

   Milford's water tower was built in 1901 and was the worlds first poured concrete standpipe in the U. S. It was also the largest structure of its kind in the world at the time. In the 1950s it was replaced and in 1961 it was torn down. The water at the Milford Waterworks was famous for its flinty hardness. In the 1940s it became famous as a folk remedy for nephritis (inflammation of the kidney). People came from near and far to collect water from the plant. Water was even shipped out via the railroad.


*Norwood Water Works Pumping Station, Harris Ave.jpg (34110 bytes)                        Loveland light&water.jpg (283323 bytes)    Loveland Power House.jpg (233579 bytes)
Norwood Pumping Station                                                     Loveland Light  & Water                       
Located on Harris Avenue                                                                                                                        


Hartwell Telephone Bldg..jpg (295962 bytes)                *Bell Telephone Exchange, Elm Ave., Norwood.jpg (56036 bytes)
Hartwell Telephone Bldg.                   Bell Telephone Exchange 
                                                                Elm Avenue Norwood


St. Bernard Water Works.jpg (381250 bytes)
St. Bernard Water Works


Lawrenceburg-Disposal Plant.jpg (321162 bytes)
Disposal Plant


TIME  HILL  (Gruen  Watches)

  Located on the block bounded by E. McMillan, Iowa, Bennington, and Reading Road the structure is built in the style of an immense Alpine Chalet, set among rock gardens on a landscaped hill. Constructed in 1917 in the area known as Nanny Goat Hill, the entrance resembled that of a mountain lodge. Because their watches were made following Swiss models they wanted the factory to resemble a Swiss building. The actual watch movements were made in the company's own factory in Madre-Biel Switzerland, while the cases and crystals were made here in the 2nd floor workrooms. A dining room and kitchen also on the 2nd floor. The finished timepieces were also assembled and inspected here. On February 29, 1996 this building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Gruen Watch Co. 1954.jpg (390337 bytes)            McMillan St Bridge Gruen Watch Co.1941.jpg (948938 bytes)            Time Hill Today.jpg (243139 bytes)            Gruen Watch Co..jpg (134893 bytes)
Women assembling watches                                                                                                                                                           

Gruen Ad.jpg (524829 bytes)        Gruen Watch.jpg (652163 bytes)        Gruen Christmas.jpg (381289 bytes)        Gruen Watches-1928.jpg (382850 bytes)
   1915                              1920                        Christmas 1923                      1928      

   None of the items above are postcards. The 2nd image above is a street view of the Gruen Watch Co. as seen from the McMillan Street Bridge that had just been constructed in 1941 replacing an old iron, single lane in each direction, bridge that had been a major traffic bottleneck. I-71 now goes under this bridge. The last two are present day images. The second row are some ads for the company.


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Gruen-a2.jpg (161870 bytes)        Time Hill ad.jpg (288321 bytes)        Gruen-a1.jpg (129714 bytes)



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   The Proctor and Collier Co., located across the street from Time Hill at 440 East McMillan St. was constructed in 1921. The design of this building was meant to harmonize with the widely admired watch factory. The company was a printing and advertising agency for the Proctor & Gamble Company. The tower held water for a sprinkler system.  In 1936 the  founders of Beau Brummel Ties, Inc. moved in.

Beau Brummell 1.jpg (97619 bytes)    Beau Brummell 2.jpg (130740 bytes)    Beau Brummell Ties 2.jpg (499469 bytes)    Beau Brummell 3.jpg (107149 bytes)    Beau Brummell vert.jpg (123699 bytes)
             The Beau Brummell Tie Inc. The first three are of their Studios, the fourth shows the factory.               Advertising card

Beau Brummel Today.jpg (241380 bytes)                                Beau Brummell Ties 1947.jpg (302298 bytes)
Building As It Looks Today                                    1947 Advertisement   

   In 1964 the Time Hill building and The Proctor & Collier building were bought by the Union Institute & University which is an educational institution for nontraditional studies. The Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this year (2014). Both structures were restored to their original beauty.



  This castle is located in Loveland at 12025 Shore Drive. It was built by one man, Harry D. Andrews, over a period of nearly 50 years. Harry started on June 5, 1929 and continued working on it until his death on April 16, 1981 at the age of 91. He did have the help by young men, many of whom were sent there by the Hamilton County Juvenile Court. School kids used to save cardboard milk cartons that Harry would turn into bricks for the castle. It was inherited by the Knights of the Golden Trail who carefully maintain the castle. Open on Saturdays and Sundays for only $3 it is a knight's castle of medieval Norman architecture. 
   Harry built the castle as an expression and reminder of the simple strength and rugged grandeur of the mighty men who lived when knighthood was in flower. Started in 1927, any man of high ideals is invited to join the Knights of the Golden Trail, whose only vows are the Ten Commandments.
   The castle is similar to those found in northern France and in the British Isles. The Castle Banner is an adaptation of the banners of the various crusaders to the Holy Land.
   The land is about 1 1/2 acres consisting of 14 lots bought over time. The lots were bought so that Harry's Sunday School class of young men would have a place to camp, fish, swim and boat. At first they slept in tents but by the third year the became so badly decayed they became useless. Harry to the boys if they would fetch stones, he would build them a "stone tent". He mad two small rooms, which are now the bottoms of the two towers facing the river. 
   After that first summer the depression hit and no one came to the castle regularly for more than three years sand most of the boys went into the CCC camps. When he could finally afford it Harry returned to the construction of the castle. 99% of the work was done by Harry alone. He had incidental help by visitors and friends in carrying stones and in mixing mortar and bringing milk cartons (around 32,000 were used), they also donated supplies.

Chateau Laroche-1.jpg (115529 bytes)            Chateau Laroche-vert.jpg (399834 bytes)           Chateau Laroche-painting.jpg (104937 bytes)            Chateau Laroche drawing.jpg (273821 bytes)
         Overhead view                                                                  Painting by Ken Mullen            Drawing By H, D. Andrews

Chateau Laroche-2.jpg (118148 bytes)    Chateau Laroche-5.jpg (127137 bytes)    Chateau Laroche-6.jpg (128434 bytes)    Chateau Laroche-4.jpg (133978 bytes)    Chateau Laroche-3.jpg (93489 bytes)

Loveland Castle.jpg (348006 bytes)        Loveland Castle 2.jpg (294303 bytes)

   The two aerial photographs above show the castle as it looks in two different seasons.


Modern postcards

Modern Chateau Laroche Castle (2).jpg (536385 bytes)        Modern Chateau Laroche Castle (4).jpg (446648 bytes)        Modern Chateau Laroche Castle (3).jpg (463876 bytes)

        Chateau Laroche Ballroom.jpg (469093 bytes)        Modern Chateau Laroche Castle.jpg (405715 bytes)        Chateau Laroche Moat.jpg (417537 bytes)
            Ballroom                            The Chapel                            The Moat



Crusade Castle Ault Park.jpg (519306 bytes)        Crusade 3.jpg (461827 bytes)    Crusade 2.jpg (385703 bytes)    crusade_castle_plaque.jpg (240654 bytes)
                                                    These 3 Are Not Postcards

   The Crusade Castle is located at 5100 Shattuc Ave. adjacent to Ault Park. As can be seen in the last photograph the building was last used by the National Center of the Catholic Students' Mission Crusade, who issued the postcard seen in the first image. You could order 25 of these cards for $1.00. I believe that the building is now a private residence but I am not sure, anyone? 


Taft Eng Center-1.jpg (97455 bytes)        Taft Eng Center-2.jpg (107830 bytes)
Robert A. Taft Sanitary Engineering Center.

   Located at 4676 Columbia Parkway, this building was dedicated in 1954 as a national laboratory of the Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. It is devoted to research, training, and technical services in promoting healthful surroundings through engineering and related sciences.


Oakley postoffice.jpg (160778 bytes)        Mt Washington PO.jpg (193617 bytes)        Milford PO.jpg (207105 bytes)        Milford's Old P,O,.jpg (185912 bytes)
Oakley                            Mt. Washington                                                       Milford                   

   Oakley Post Office and Businessmen's Club. A. A. Degenhart seen on the sign on the top corner was a undertaker whose establishment was at 1706 Madison Road. The Mt. Washington P.O. was located at 6217 Corbly which is now a parking lot. The Milford P. O. was at 115 Main Street and the building today is shown in the 4th non-postcard image.

College Hill Post Office  1624 Pasadena Ave..jpg (348276 bytes)
Old College Hill P. O.

   This photograph shows the old post office in College that was converted into a residence many years ago. Located at 1624 Pasadena Ave., it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 16, 1976.


Parkdale Post Office.jpg (212119 bytes)        Parkdale PO 670 Northland Blvd.jpg (196992 bytes)
Parkdale Post Office  670  Northland Blvd.

   Located next to Forrest Park the post office, as it looks today, is shown in the 2nd image. This postcard does not specify that the building shown is the one on Northland, but I know it is not the Canadian Parkdale because of the flag on top and I am not aware of any other Parkdale Post Offices. Any clarification would be greatly appreciated.


Emery memorial.jpg (84017 bytes)            Mariemont Memorial Building 3906 Plainville Rd..jpg (226185 bytes)

   The Thomas J. Emery Memorial Building. Located in Mariemont, the community his wife Mary Emery created in the 1920's. The 2nd non-postcard photo shows the building as it looks today.


Ohio National Life-Drawing.jpg (330616 bytes)
Ohio National Life Insurance Co.
2400 Reading Road


                                                                                                      Not a Postcard
Miamitown-Gieringer's Store.jpg (289199 bytes)        Miami Geringiers Store.jpg (147404 bytes)        Miamitown.jpg (144675 bytes)
Gieringer's Store Miamitown    

   Miamitown got its original name - Miami - from the West Miami tribe of Shawnee Indians who had hunted in the region in the 1700s. Arthur Henrie a nephew of Revolutionary War hero Patrick Henry, laid out the town over what had been an orchard. He sold the first lot to Jacob Herrider in 1816. On July 4, 1817, William Henry Harrison chose Miami to make a major pronouncement against slavery. Sometime between 1904 when the Miami post office closed and when it reopened in November of 1931 the name was changed to Miamitown. This building was, and still may be, one of the many antique shops in the town. The 3rd view shows the building as it looks today.


Camden Terrace.jpg (92802 bytes)
Camden Terrace Farms

   Information on this card is extremely difficult to find.  A visitor has a milk bottle with this name on it. and it also says Milford, Ohio. The land that held this farm is apparently right on the border of Milford and Terrace Park. The original house was built by Jacob Traber who was a commission merchant with offices on the Public Landing. He called his property Camden Terrace Farm and had hopes of convincing residents in the area to name the area Camden City. Two pillars on Wooster Pike marked the entrance to his residence on a hilltop with views of the Little Miami River. He had vineyards on the hillside and a large pool. Fire destroyed the residence in 1893 but members of the Camden Terrace Farms Association used the old wine cellars as dressing rooms and continued to use the pool. Apparently the card above shows the eventual result of this pool usage. Jacob Traber is credited with giving Terrace Park its name. In the 1870s he held a naming contest with a sewing machine as a prize and Terrace Park was the result.


Norwood Drug Store.jpg (159146 bytes)
This Drug Store was 
 Located in Norwood  


Carthage Gas Hall.jpg (153500 bytes)
Gas Hall - Carthage




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