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

  

  

   

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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

 

 

 

    

  

Main Bedroom

 

Small Bedroom

 

   

Living Room

 

 

Living Room

 

   

New Kitchen

 

   

New Bathrooms

 


Apartment 5

 

   

                               

  

 

 

 

Apt 5 - View from the Turret

 

 


Apartment 6

 

 

  

Apt 6 Living Room

 

 

 

Apt 6 Kitchen

   


 

 

Building Mechanical - New Plumbing & Wiring

 

    

 

 

 

 

Basement - Asbestos Encapsulated & Florescent Lighting

 


 

Main Entry

 

  

   

  

 

  

 

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 !

 

 

     

                          In Ohio                                Rebuilt In Texas               

 

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