Terrace Park, Ohio Building Survey

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No: 609  Street: Miami Name: R. K. LeBlond Cottage
Family: FOR SALE Plaque: 2008 Owner Info: N
Built: (1902?) circa 1910 Sec: 23 Sub: Sibley's 3rd BL 18 Lot: 19-26, pt 18
Architect: not known Cont/Build: not known
#Owners: 12 Original Use: Summer home  Current Use: Residential
CHANGES As Built: N Add To: Y Sub From: N Replace: N
1983 - extended and remodeled the garage (drawing in permit file - Village?).  2006 - Grever permit - interior alterations - relocate kitchen, powder room & stairs to basement; renovation of master bath; relocate laundry to 2nd floor (Michaelson Homes, Laura Deal-Stankorb, designer).  
Current Owner: Date Fr: 2015 Date To: 
Owner: Richard K. LeBlond (see deeds for earlier) Date Fr: 1913 (probably earlier) Date To: 1921
Owner: Cincinnati Business Woman's Club Date Fr: 1921 Date To: 1924
Owner 1: Leonora V. & F. A. Terry Date Fr 1: 1924 Date To 1: 1936
Owner 2: Roma B. Flint  Date Fr 2: 1936 Date To 2: 1946
Owner 3: Walter & Julia K. Vail Date Fr 3: 1946 Date To 3: 1948
Owner 4: Fred A. Dowd Family Date Fr 4: 1948 Date To 4: 1963
Owner 5: John & Anne Heisler  Date Fr 5: 1963 Date To 5: 1974
Owner 6: William J. & Barbara H. Ryan Date Fr 6: 1974 Date To 6: 1975
Owner 7: Rodger M. & Ellen M. Miller Date Fr 7: 1975 Date To 7: 1988
Owner 8: Antonie & Elizabeth P. Vissers Date Fr 8: 1988 Date To 8: 1991
Owner 9: Margaret M. & K. Scott Starks Date Fr 9: 1991 Date To 9: 2006
Owner 10: Elaine P. Grever Date Fr 10: 2006 Date To 10: 2015
Owner 11: Date Fr 11: Date To 11:
Owner 12: Date Fr 12: Date To: 12
(see deeds & William D. Hayes 2002 research in Terrace Park Historical Society house file)    
1975 Owner:  William J. & Barbara H. Ryan. 19 to 26, pt 18 Sib 3
Description: 2 story Dutch, siding, gambrel roof with long dormer in the front. 
Story 1: At least by 1913 this became the LeBlond family summer home with property extending down the block and with an outdoor dance floor on the south side of the house.  Friends came out from the city to swim in the river and to attend gala outdoor parties.  Kindergarten classes were once held in the present garage (Ann and Peggy Gatch attended).  River stone fireplace, beamed living room ceiling and  screen porch.
Story 2: Miller scrapbooks (copy in house notebook) - 11/10/1956 - home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dowd.  Article by Polly Cramer with interior photos.  "Middle aged white frame house was the summer home of a Cincinnati industrialist back in the days when Terrace Park was a riverside resort.. 
Story 3: We've been told it was  the summer clubhouse of the "Cincinnati Woman's Club".  This may or may not be true.  However, in 1921 owner Richard LeBlond sold it to the Cincinnati Business Woman Club.  They owned it until 1924.  
Story 4: Re owner 2 to owner 3:  Real estate clipping says "Acquired by Walter and Julia Vail from Roma B. Flint".  Description at the time reads, "Frame four-bedroom-and-two-bath dwelling... lot measurement is 150 by 300 feet."  Sale by Robert Flandreau, an associate of the Robert J. Kramer Realty Co.   Picture attached.  (Roma B. Flint & Albert D. Flint listed this address as their residence in July 1940 when they signed the Initiative Petition for Terrace Park Recreation Club.)
Story 5: The Starks home was on the 1992 Sunday December 6 "An Historic Walk Through Terrace Park" TP Garden Club House Tour .  Homes were open from 1-5 PM.  Proceeds were used for village beautification.  
Story 6: The Grever garden was on the TP Garden Club's 3 August 2010 Garden Walk.

The Grever home was on the 17 October 2010 TP Historical Society House Tour, "The White House Tour."  "Lanie and Joe Grever - 609 Miami Avenue.  This circa 1910 home has the unique distinction of having served as both the summer home for a noted Cincinnati industrialist and later as the summer clubhouse for the Cincinnati Business Woman's Club.  Although it has been extensively renovated, the present owners have taken great care to reinstate its original riverside cottage character.  The garage, once used as a kindergarten classroom, will also be open to the public." 

The following information concerning the house is from Lanie Grever, the present owner.
Many of you might remember this house. It was last on the house tour presented by the Terrace Park Garden Club in 1992 when the Scott Starks lived at 609 Miami Ave. Wait until you see the changes.
n August of 2006  Elaine and Joseph Grever purchased 609 Miami Avenue. Their goal- to return the property to “A Cottage” as it was originally built. Beadboard was added in places, electric and plumbing updated, ceiling fans, spray foam insulation added to floors, walls, and ceilings, light and cheerful decorating. The biggest change made- the basement steps were moved, allowing the original kitchen and dining room to swap places. The hillside was selectively cleared to reopen the view. The roof was replaced.
     Notice the grandness of the front door. The original lock and key are still there.
     Living Room - With the Grever’s removal of the white paint the massive river rock fireplace became the focal point of the living room. A display bookcase/cabinet on the den wall and bookcases at the far end under the windows as well as shoring up the second floor exposed floor joist completed the updating in this room.
     Den - The handsome knotty pine den overlooks the Scenic Little Miami River and the Terrace Park Country Club Golf Course. The Grever’s added the media center and the fireplace with the antique wooden mantel and spectacular ”Rookwood look” heron tile surround.  Note also the magazine rack built into the porch wall- This was featured by Better Homes and Garden Magazine in the early 1950’s.
     Porch - Walk out onto the 3 season room which the previous owners The Scott Starks enclosed with floor to ceiling windows so as not to impede the view of the river, the view of the large brick terrace and the fish  fountain (recently added by the Grever’s). They also installed the wonderful window box. The Fred Dowd Family (1950’s) did all the major brickwork surrounding the outside of the house.
     With the main goal of bringing “The Cottage” into the 21st century, the Grever’s swapped location of the kitchen and the dining room.  In order to accomplish this the staircase to the basement and the guest bathroom were moved to some of the original dining room space. The side door was moved into the hall and 2 closets and radiator cover were added. Remember this cottage was originally staffed by 2 live-in servants. The kitchen was in the front and small and the dining room was overlooking the view and much larger. From the outside the only changes observed were the door movement and 2 smaller windows becoming one larger double hung window in the dining room, which matched the front of the house windows. It was imperative not to change the footprint of this wonderful Cottage. The dining room wainscoting panels and hall beadboard were also added to complement a country cottage feel.
     The new kitchen was designed with the open whimsy feel.  Notice the lizard, frog, dragonfly, river rock pulls that were used on the cabinets.  Also notice the hole in the floor where the buzzer rang for the server to bring the next course. 
     On the second floor landing hangs a 8 panel needlepoint tapestry showcasing scenes of Cincinnati. The tapestry has been in Lanie’s family. Original light fixtures abound.
     The Current Master Bedroom/Bathroom - To better take advantage of the fabulous sunrises, the Grever’s divided the large bedroom. With the addition of a partial wall they created a space for their bed to face outward with bookcases above. The master bath was brought back in time with the addition of pedestal sinks, radiant heated tile floor, subway tiled steam shower and a linen closet  built into the eves. During construction a hallway door was discovered which entered the bath where the current shower is. This would have allowed all bedrooms bath access.
     Blue Bedroom - Of note in this bedroom is the original linen closet with pull down doors.  Can’t you just hear Mrs. LeBlond asking her maid to climb on the ladder to get the warmer blanket out of the top cabinet. (These servants lived in quarters in the basement much cooler than spaces their friends occupied on third floors).
     Khaki Bedroom – Of note here are the built in dresser and desk with marble tops.  In the closet is a secret cubby built into the eves. This room was originally the nursery/child's room as it connected to the original master bedroom by way of a Jack and Jill bath. (It was still used this way in the 1950’s). Note going up a step to the bathroom-due to the exposed floor joist in the living room.
     Yellow Bedroom or the current Office - This room is being used by the Grever’s as an office- a great work space to get distracted by all the beauty and nature offered. It was originally the master bedroom and had a second closet, which was converted to an upstairs laundry and small linen closet in the recent renovation. Note that all the doors still match, as the contractor milled what was necessary.
     Thru the Courtyard and out to Garage apartment - This room at one time was the Terrace Park Kindergarten looking much different as the “Man Cave” with a deck, now. One large space was created by removing the kitchen wall and the closets.

609 Miami was built by Richard K. LeBlond 1864-1953
In 1887 he started LeBlond Machine Tools
In 1895 Married Loretto Heekin
In 1918 RK expanded LeBlond Tools to the location at Madison and Edwards (currently Rookwood Pavillion.
4 children:  Harold (Hop) LeBlond married Mary Stephenson
                  Rita Fuller-(Maug Lillard’s mother and Rita Picton’s  grandmother who used to live in Terrace Park
                  Elizabeth Balch,  
                  Richard LeBlond
After the children were fully grown Loretto and RK built the Manor House (St Ursula Villa) in 1925 traveling all over the world to find items.
Later in 1936 the LeBlonds built Cottage #19 at Harbor Point, Michigan, and traveled there by train. 
This information is from Rita Picton 513-231-8260

The Ryan’s sold the next door lot in 1975 which originally held the badminton court. This “A” frame house built in 1976 was renovated and is currently 615 Miami Avenue
This information from Ellen Miller 513-321-2176

Changes by the Rodger Millers – Ellen Miller 513-321-2176
In the 1970’s Ellen and Rodger Miller air-conditioned the Cottage by sacrificing closet space for flexible ductwork. They updated the kitchen- these cabinets were relocated to the basement by the Grever’s for Joe’s workbench. They added 3 feet to the front of the garage, added the dormer to the garage roof and updated the garage apartment. Driveway pavers were used to control the drainage as the street had risen almost a foot. They also updated the current master bath replacing the tub with a shower. They also painted the house white. (Before that it had been cream or green, as the Grevers found evidence of in their reconstruction..)

The Scott Starks enclosed the porch and replaced the windows at the ends of the house.

Major Players in the Grever’s renovation of 609 Miami Avenue in 2006-2007
Laura Deal-Stankorb  – Historical House Architect
Michaelson Homes - Marc Michaelson – General Contractor’
Energytite Spray Foam Insulation – Vince Bick
Lowes Kitchen of Norwood – Steve Smith Kitchen Designer
Bromwell’s Fireplace Store, Kemper Design Tile
Cincinnati Urban Landscaping- Rick Eckbert –Tree removal
Shawnee Tree – Jeff Schoeny – Tree Removal
Smith’s Camargo Landscape – Steve Smith
Renaissance Garden Ornament – Gabe Rice

1939 Map: Flint
1942 Map: Flint
1951/3 Map: Fred A. Dowd
1959-60 Directories Fred A. & Kay Dowd 
1962-63 Direct: Fred A. Dowd
1963-66 Directories: John & Anne Heisler
1967-68 Direct: "      & Mrs. Ruth R. Hardin
1973-74 Directories: ''             ''      (Sold 1974)
1975-76 Direct: William & Barbara Ryan (moved from 153 Wrenwood) (Sold 1975)
1978-84 Directories: Rodger & Ellen Miller (moved from 107 Red Bird
1986 Directory: ''         (moved to Hyde Park)  (Rodger died 2007)
1988-91 Directories Antonie & Elizabeth Vissers
1992-2009 Directories Scott & Margaret Starks
2011-12 Direct: Joe & Lanie Grever   (Grevers moved from 608 Yale)  (Sold 2006)