405 Amherst Avenue

General Information

No: 405
Street: Amherst
Name: Ferris House
Family: Ferris
Historic Plaque: N

Owner Info: N
Sec: 23
Sub: Sibley's 3rd BL 15
Lot: 33, 34, 35
Cont/Build: Walter Kipp

Description: 1 1/2 stories, stone and siding, gable with dormers roof.
Original Use: Residential
Current Use: Residential

Add To: N
Sub From: N
Replace: N

Changes Details:


Current Owner: Thomas R. Ferris
Curr Date Fr: 1993
Curr Date To:

Original Owner: John Riddle & Helen S. Ferris
Date Fr: 1941
Date To: 1993

1975 Owner: John R. & Helen S. Ferris 31-32 Sib 3 BL 15. Helen Smarr Ferris 33-34-35 Sib 3 BL 15, later on Yale.


Story 1 : 2007. Tom Ferris, son of the original owners, lives in Madeira. He still owns this house for rent. It's where he grew up. He sold off the adjoining lot (corner of Amherst & Yale, 600 Yale) to pay his father's debts. His ancestors came out to this area with Benjamin Stites. He's responsible for the fact that the Columbia Pioneer Cemetery is kept up by the City of Cincinnati. He says his mother, Helen Ferris, started the Labor Day festival with 3 other women, Perky Ruck, Evelyn Robinson and one other. His mother was also a flower judge. Tom Ferris belonged to the Green Beetles which was a social club of guys. The Green Beetles metal piece now in the possession of the Terrace Park Historical Society was a drag tag to be put on a car. (Information from Tom)
Story 2 : Ben Castleman also grew up in this house and says," I will always treasure my memories of my life in the park. His mother married John Ferris in 1936 when Ben was 7 and his brother, Tom, was 1. Ben graduated from the Terrace Park School in 1950. He married his wife, Nancy, in 1970. He retired in 1985 and they moved to Bradenton, Florida. Nancy died in 2001. (more information with TPHS building survey)
Story 3 : Helen Ferris - president T. P. Garden Club 1949-51


1939 Map:

1942 Map:

1951/3 Map:
John Ferris

1959 Directory:
John & Helen Ferris

1960 Directory:

1962-63 Direct:
'' & Ben Castleman Jr.

1963-70 Directories:
'' ''

1971-72 Direct:
John & Helen Ferris

1973-84 Directories:

1986 Directory:
(Helen died in 1985)

1988 Directory:
Frank Chambers (renter)

1990-91 Direct:
Danny & Linda Neal (renters)

1992-93 Direct:

1994-95 Direct:

1996-97 Direct:
Laurie Phillips (renter)

1998-99 Direct:

2000-01 Direct:
Mark Bittner (renter) (moved from 308 Miami)

2002-05 Directories: