Terrace Park, Ohio Building Survey

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No: 405  Street: Amherst Name: Ferris House
Family: Ferris  Owner Info: N
Built: 1941 Sec: 23 Sub: Sibley's 3rd BL 15 Lot: 33, 34, 35
Architect:  Cont/Build: Walter Kipp
#Owners: 1 Original Use: Residential Current Use: Residential
CHANGES As Built: Y Add To: N Sub From: N Replace: N
Current Owner: Thomas R. Ferris Date Fr: 1993 Date To: 
Original Owner: John Riddle & Helen S. Ferris Date Fr: 1941 Date To: 1993
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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.
Description: 1 1/2 stories, stone and siding, gable with dormers roof. 
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: Ferris
1951/3 Map: John Ferris
1959 Directory: John & Helen Ferris
1960 Directory: ''
1962-63 Direct: '' & Ben Castleman Jr.
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1971-72 Direct: John & Helen Ferris
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1986 Directory: "       (Helen died in 1985)  
1988 Directory: Frank Chambers (renter)
1990-91 Direct: Danny & Linda Neal (renters)
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1996-97 Direct: Laurie Phillips (renter)
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2000-01 Direct: Mark Bittner  (renter) (moved from 308 Miami)
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