19th Century Homes in Blue Ash

Elaine and Dave Davis, Blue Ash Historical Society members, visited Gettysburg, PA and noticed plaques on homes of historic interest.  They returned to Blue Ash with the idea of recognizing local owners who lovingly maintain homes built in the 19th century.  We thank Elaine and Dave for researching the homes, reaching out to the current owners, enlisting sponsors, and preparing a lovely commemorative booklet.

We plan to recognize more 19th century Blue Ash homes and present plaques.  We will send out information via email and through our Facebook page.  Like us on Facebook at Blue Ash Historical Society.

We thank those who made it all possible:

The home owners

Mr. Roger Leist of the Leist Group for his generous contribution that made this project possible

Mayor Lee Czerwonka and the City of Blue Ash for their assistance and support in our efforts

Mr. Tom Benassi, P&b Awards, for his assistance with the design and manufacture of Historical Designation plaques

It was a lovely Saturday, September 23, 2017, when we came together on the lawn on the Hunt House and met the owners and presented plaques and certificates.  Speaking for the BAHS members, we are so very grateful and thoroughly enjoyed meeting Blue Ash neighbors!  Preserving an historic home and searching for the period-right accessories is a true labor of love.  We share the community with some pretty amazing people!

BAHS President Tom Bell welcomed our guests.

Blue Ash Mayor Lee Czerwonka introduced the guests and made presentations.

Michael and Molly Mellott live at 9522 Conklin Avenue in a home built in 1890. They are dedicated to locating items that showcase their home in that time period.

James and Colleen Braid live at 9561 Conklin Avenue in a home built in 1888. This Queen Anne home was that of John Conklin, the son of early settler Isaac Conklin.

Thomas and Linda Smith live in the 1890 home at 4619 Cooper Road. There are two open porches, and the second floor has a separate entrance and is rented.

The Conklin home at 4658 Cooper Road is owned by Steven and Sally Schulte. It was built in 1845 by Isaac Conklin, an early settler who had worked in the lumber business and farmed in Walnut Hills before moving to Sycamore Township.

Richard and Jean Werling own what was once the Weber Grocery Store, built in 1900. It housed a one-shelf library and the post office. It is now the office of Roger Leist of The Leist Group. It is on the corner of Railroad and Cooper.

This home at 9527 Highland Avenue is owned by Patrice and Rebecca Latapy and was built in 1880. It has two open frame porches and a partial basement as well as an attached garage.

Roger and Kimberly Neff live in one of the oldest homes in Blue Ash, having been built in 1830. The land was purchased by Elizabeth Ferris in 1801. This house is on the corner of Kenwood Road and Muirwoods Court.

A plaque as also presented to the Hunt House, which was built in about 1860.  The architecture is an excellent example of the transitional period between Federal and Greek Revival.  The home was purchased by the City of Blue Ash in 2003 and is currently the home of the Blue Ash Historical Society.

Other 19th century homes in Blue Ash that will receive plaques:

4625 Cooper Road, built in 1880

This is a one-story home with an open front porch and an enclosed side porch as well as a partial basement.  

8849 Kenwood Road, built in 1826

Solomon Ferris bought 50 acres on which he built this house.  His parents were the first to settle in what is now Blue Ash.

4510 Leslie, built in 1875

This is one of the few remaining 19th century homes in this subdivision, which was surveyed and platted for Louis Ellman in 1889.  This house has a cross gabled roof and a multi-sided tower topped by a finial capped roof.

10193 Zig Zag built in 1840

This house is one of the few remaining early farmhouses in what is now Blue Ash.  It was the home of Archibald Johnson, who  platted the first subdivision in Blue Ash.  It has two front entrances and a shed roof supported by simple turned posts.

Front row: Judy Kuethe, Marlene Morris, Elaine Davis; Second row: Phyllis Dwyer, Jennifer Wood, Marge McNally These ladies enjoyed meeting the guests, showing them through the Hunt House, and comparing notes on preserving these lovely homes.


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