726 Park Avenue

General Information

No: 726
Street: Park
Name: Charles Corey House
Family: SOLD
Historic Plaque: N
Owner Info: Y
Built: circa 1875
Sec: 29
Sub: George W. Corey
Lot: 53, pt 53 & 54
Cont/Build: George Washington Corey

Description: 2 story poured concrete Italianate Victorian Town House, gable roof. The house was built by G. W. Corey for his son, Charles. Faye Corey says it was built in 1875, others say 1880. There were 6 fireplaces originally in the house. The 3 upstairs ones are in the original condition. The 3 downstairs ones were converted from coal to wood and one is inoperable.
#Owners: 9F
Original Use: Residential
Current Use: Residential

Add To: Y
Sub From: N
Replace: N

Changes Details: The 1912 picture of the house shows just an open porch on the east (right) side of the house. Later there were open 1st & 2nd floor sleeping porches on the east side with wrought iron railings. still later they were enclosed with concrete like the rest of the house. 1973 - the Carothers added a detached garage. 1991 - an L shape wrap around 1st floor addition was made to the rear (Christian Fasoldt, architect from Camden ME: Homespun Construction Co.). The 1991 addition covered the old well and rain water cistern. A wrought iron fence similar to the original was added. 20011 permit for Melissa Takas: Alteration/Lift roof (Tony Vilas).


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Owner Info: Y

#Owners: 9F
Date Fr: 1960

Original Owner: George W. Corey
Date To: 2016

Owner: Melissa Takas
Date Fr : 2001
Date Fr 2011

1975 Owner: John B. & Jane E. Carothers. G. W. Corey 53-55 pt 52.


Story 1 : This is one of 5 Terrace Park buildings (726 Park, 722 Park, 729 Park [original 727?], 722 Wooster Pike, Community House) built at a similar time of poured concrete. The story goes that during a depression/recession or panic as it was then called the owner of some barges on the Little Miami River suffered bankruptcy and Corey was able to obtain the powdered cement ballast from the barges at auction for almost nothing. The buildings were poured a few feet at a time using hand made forms. The concrete was scored while still wet to give the building the appearance of having been built of blocks.
Story 2 : Clara Frazer was born in Terrace Park 21 March 1895 and died 2 December 1895, buried in Section 13 of Greenlawn Cemetery, Milford OH. Was this a child of Flora B. Frazer?
Story 3 : William H. Fry came to Cincinnati in 1851 from Bath England where he was born in 1830. He was the son of Henry L. Fry, a famous wood carver. They claimed to have carved a throne for Queen Victoria, but this claim has not been substantiated. William's wood carver son Henry L. Fry lived at 726 Park, also carver daughter Laura and 3 sisters (3rd generation).
Story 4 : Laura Fry. An important leader of Cincinnati women's decorative arts movement in 1870s and 1880s, she lived on Park Avenue in Terrace Park. In 1878, she carved one of the nine panels on the Music Hall organ. During her 1881-87 years with Rookwood Pottery, she developed a method for using a mouth atomizer to spray slips (wet clay) onto ceramics, which led to the development of the standard Rookwood glaze. Her father, William Henry Fry, was a noted wood carver and teacher. from a newspaper article April 10, 1992. (Cincinnati Enquirer?)
Story 5 : Lillie Fry Fisher was born 16 February 1860 and died 30 September 1943, aged 83 years. Laura A. Fry died 30 July 1943. A Fry infant was born 25 December 1907 and died 28 December, 1907, aged 3 days, Motsinger Funeral Home. They are all buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Miami Township, OH. Arthur Duhme Fry (see deeds) was born 18 July 1911 and died 25 June 1985, aged 73 years, buried 28 June, 1985 in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati OH.
Story 6 : Dr. & Mrs. Niles' daughter, Louise, lived at 726 with them and worked at the Terrace Park Post Office.
Story 7 : From Vergie & James MacMillan:722 Park Avenue was built at the same time as 722. When we moved to Park Avenue Dr. & Mrs. Niles and their daughter, Louise, lived there. I can't recall the Drs. first name (perhaps James?). She was Anna. Louise worked at the Terrace Park Post Office. I believe they had lived there about ten years when we arrived. Jane and John Carothers bought the house from the Niles about 1960. They totally stripped the inside and redecorated, replastering, etc. The only remodeling they did was to the kitchen and bath. They were still living there when we moved from Terrace Park in 1977.
Story 8 : The house was in very poor condition when the Carothers bought it. The very elderly Niles had been living there in only a couple downstairs rooms. The Carothers totally stripped the inside and redecorated, re-plastering etc. The only remodeling was of the kitchen and bath.
Story 9 : The portion of the Carothers' property which contained the garage was sold as a building lot to Roy Allen (730 Park). That garage was demolished and replaced with one within the bounds of the new lot. I believe that the garage the Carothers built replaced a carriage house that burned. A few people (each without knowing of the others) think they have heard the ghost of John Carothers coming downstairs. (from Peter Lowry at 2 Oxford).


1939 Map:

1942 Map:
Mrs. Laura A. Fry & Lily Fischer

1951/3 Map:
J. H. Niles M. D.

1959-60 Directories:
J. H. Niles M. D. (Anna)

1962-88 Directories:
John & Jane Carothers

1990-91 Direct:
(no name)

1992-93 Direct:
Peter & Tracy McMullen Lowry

1994-97 Directories:
Mark & Jennifer Cleary (renters)

1998-99 Direct:
(Lowrys moved to 2 Oxford)

(no name) (Sold 2000) (Sold 2001)

2002-03 Direct:
Turner Hunt

2004-07 Directories:
Turner & Tracy Hunt

2008-12 Directories:
Jeff Harrris & Shannon Scallan (renters or did it sell?)

2015 Directory:
Melissa Takas