The Kemper Castle


A beautiful 1885 Queen Anne

Magnificent Office Space - 1,200 - 2100 Sq Feet

3 or 5 Offices, 2 Baths, Kitchens, 2 Entrances, Offstreet Parking

Parquet Floors, Gorgeous Wood Trim, Stained Glass Windows

Four Deluxe Apartments



BRAXTON W. CAMPBELL, (1851-1926) was one of Cincinnati‘s most successful manufacturers.  At the age of six he was left a double orphan by the death of his father and mother; and after spending his boyhood in Kentucky, went to Cincinnati. Ohio, and began work as an office boy at five dollars a week.  He went on the road as a travelling salesman and was very successful.  In 1874, at the age of twenty-three he went into the saddlery business as a travelling salesman, and at twenty-six established the firm of Perkins-Campbell Company. Cincinnati, of which he became President.


Mr. Campbell's firm was the largest manufacturer of harness and saddlery in the world with branches in Chicago. Milwaukee and New York City, with an immense business in army supplies for the Allies during the 1914 European war,  furnishing saddles and harness valued at more than $8,000,000.


In 1885, he built the Kemper Castle on the highest hill in Cincinnati's Walnut Hills.


 We purchased the house out of foreclosure and began renovating the house into a fine first floor office and 5 additional residential apartments.  The first priority was to stabilize the site by demolishing the garage and replacing the water lines and front wall.


The house and site were rapidly deteriorating.



February ... Front wall collapsing


May ... Demo Garage - Remove wall - new water & sewer lines











Real Grass ... Two Weeks Old


Front Yard and new sidewalks



 The landscaping complete


Now to the interior.


Office Space ...

The Start





Apartment 1 Floors Sanded




We used Glitsa Swedish Floor Finishes












Apartment 2



                   Before                                      After


Apartment 4


Refinishing walls





Main Bedroom


Small Bedroom



Living Room



Living Room



New Kitchen



New Bathrooms


Apartment 5








Apt 5 - View from the Turret



Apartment 6



Eleven different walls in living room.


Apt 6 Living Room




Apt 6 Kitchen




Building Mechanical - New Plumbing & Wiring






Basement - Asbestos Encapsulated & Florescent Lighting



Main Entry





Cracked Plaster walls were covered with ground fabric and mud




New Hallway Ceiling



Second Floor Hallway Floors



In March, with renovation nearly complete, we started discussions with corporate and private tenants.





A few days later ... on Easter Sunday Morning, at 1 AM, an Arson fire was set on the back porch.




Fire and water damage wiped out five man years of full time work and a $ 150,000 cash investment.


Cincinnati ordered it's demolition.


Completed Disassembly and Delivery ... ResErected !




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