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CINCINNATI -- Strauss is the abode amid Cincinnati admirers of mid-century Avant-garde design, and one of the ancient of its affectionate — a four-bedroom East Walnut Hills agronomical congenital in 1951 — will accept its third buyer if a awaiting auction goes through (the allurement amount as $793,000).
Cincinnati Modernist architects Carl Strauss and Ray Roush teamed up in the backward 1940s and bound became accepted amid accelerating Cincinnatians fatigued to the simple, human-sized homes that the two affiliated to abounding and hillside lots in some of the region’s best adorable neighborhoods.
Strauss, who founded Carl A. Strauss & Associates above-mentioned to Roush’s arrival, is the bigger accepted of the two architects and may accept had the added duke in designing the 1951 Stevenson Lane house, which bounded artist Jose Garcia adapted and added to in 2003.
“If you anticipate of Avant-garde homes and all the appearance they usually have, he did admirable designs all over the United States from an artful and anatomic standpoint,” Garcia said of Strauss. “There is an breeding … they are consistently quiet and never overdone, actual subtle, actual pleasant. They’re nice affable homes.”
Dr. Joseph E. Ghory, a arch allergist whose walking was bound by polio, was one of the Cincinnati progressives who admired Strauss and Roush’s mostly stair-free, assured homes that brought the outdoors in through ample windows.
The fourth of Joseph and Mary Ghory’s bristles children, Hyde Park allergist Patricia Ghory, remembers the abode for its amid comedy yard’s aluminum beat set, head and circle as abundant as she does the abounding contest her parents hosted that agitated out from the abode into its buried balustrade and ample aback and advanced patios.
“It was fun. It wasn’t big by any agency for the bristles of us kids to be there,” Ghory said of the 3,000-square-foot house.
She said her ancestor capital an allergy-proof home, which the Carl A. Strauss & Associates’ architecture came abutting to providing. The bedchamber addition had cork floors. Floors in the antechamber and active allowance accept radiant-heated floors fabricated of 2-by-2-foot accurate sections corrective in Cherokee Red, the blush fabricated acclaimed by Frank Lloyd Wright, whose assignment the architects abundantly admired. That attic analysis continues in the buried dining balustrade aloft the active room.
Ghory cherishes a active angel of her mother consistently demography a double-bristle besom ass-kisser to those floors, now mostly atramentous with traces of red assuming through.
She additionally recalled acceptable times spent at a table in the house’s bunched kitchen (a Frank Lloyd Wright standard), attractive out the window to the up-sloping backyard. A appointment to Wright’s iconic Fallingwater abode in Western Pennsylvania triggered that memory.
“My bedmate and I went through Fallingwater and I said, ‘This is our house,’” Ghory said. “The kitchen, the free-standing chiffonier drawers, the cork floors. It was array of uncanny. … My bedmate said ‘Patty, you’re not giving the tour!’”
Like Fallingwater, the Ghorys’ abode had no air conditioning (it does now), yet Dr. Ghory believed acceptable air apportionment answer bigger health, his babe said.
“We had this huge fan on a stand, and we’d about-face it on and the air would swirl,” she recalled. It was what allergists of the time like her ancestor anticipation was best.
Modern architects of the time additionally anticipation collapsed and acclaim angled rooflines were best, but hindsight has accepted they ability not accept been. The Ghorys’ acclaim angled roof was covered with little stones, and its downspout arrangement struggled during downpours, Partricia Ghory said.
“We had this ladder on the ancillary of the house,” she recalled. “During abundant rains, baptize would appear over the spouts,” so her ancestor would accelerate his accouchement up the ladder to the roof and they would use pails to redistribute the dust that had affiliated in the average breadth two slopes met.
Garcia apparent that botheration with his 2003 remodel, while accretion and adjustment the kitchen and abacus a master-bedroom apartment with all the accretion and whistles abreast homeowners require. Garcia’s new apartment are modern, but added than accepting large-pane windows and all-encompassing board congenital bookshelves and accumulator spaces, his architecture appearance and abstracts alter from those acclimated by Strauss and Roush.
“I wanted, with best respect, to actualize article to be visibly not him,” Garcia said of Strauss. “I anticipation (about Strausss), ‘You are too acceptable to be imitated, so I’m activity to do my own thing.’”
That new affair includes a affecting 21st-century kitchen breadth there had been four baby rooms. It now appearance a bentwood beam fabricated of birch-veneered plywood that rises at a aciculate bend to a row of three clerestory windows that pop up aloft the old roof at its low point; a ample axial island with 4-foot-by-4-inch stainless-steel ablaze accessories abeyant from a stainless column; a abate atramentous granite-topped island on casters that can be confused to access dining space; and added accumulator amplitude than best home cooks need.
The adept bedchamber apartment that Garcia added appearance aerial ceilings and windows, a gas broiler set into congenital copse cabinetry and two sliding doors that attainable up the bedchamber to the bathroom’s alveolate tub area. It additionally has a floor-ceiling set of windows forth the behind of the abode and autogenous glass, all of which ability to the 11-foot ceiling, overextension accustomed ablaze from allowance to room.
The adept suite’s besom floors and atramentous granite countertops tie into the abstracts Garcia acclimated in the kitchen, and the atramentous and white tiles in the ablution bout those in the first-level ablution he renovated. Garcia chose to anatomy his windows in a warm-toned copse — Strauss and Roush acclimated aphotic metal frames — and he ran a analogous copse ledge with recessed lighting about the apartment at the aforementioned acme as the lower of two sets of windows.
The adept ablution is about party-sized. It appearance a 12-foot-long vanity with two above-counter bore bowls and wood-framed, mirrored anesthetic cabinets with recessed lights. The aerial bottle and tile-walled, applicant battery is affected in stainless animate and has a rain showerhead set 8 anxiety aloft the floor, as able-bodied as two added showerheads and a congenital bench.
A applicant closet and bathrobe breadth with congenital adjustable racks and accouterment rods is attainable from the ablution and through a mirrored aperture to the bedroom’s abbreviate access hall.
The sleeping addition — whose cork floors couldn’t be adequate and accept been carpeted alluringly — has two added bedrooms, all off of a wood-paneled anteroom that is six accomplish up from the aboriginal level’s abounding ablution and two bedrooms, one of which has a aperture that opens to a baby patio in the advanced of the house.
The accompanying second-level bedrooms allotment a Jack-and-Jill ablution and are disconnected by a bank whose 6-foot aperture originally could be bankrupt off by an accordion-style divider. The bunched bedrooms affection congenital drawers, cupboards, closets and analogous desks, all standards of Frank Lloyd Wright’s avant-garde homes.
A ample carpeted ancestors allowance is amid bottomward a flight of stairs on the aforementioned akin as the house’s two-car garage. It includes a wine cellar, a wet bar and a exhibit to accomplish that advance to both the aback and advanced yards.
About Carl Strauss
Native Cincinnatian Carl A. Strauss (1912-2002) congenital his aboriginal abode in 1937 — a adequately acceptable home for his mother in Hyde Park. He is advised by abounding to be the administrator of Cincinnati’s Modernist architects and was a apple traveler.
Strauss, generally with Ray Roush, advised dozens of admired homes in Cincinnati and helped coach approaching important architects such as Michael Graves, who interned at Carl A. Strauss & Architects through the University of Cincinnati address program.
A alum of Williams College and the Harvard Alum School of Design, Strauss had four accouchement with his wife, Eleanor, including above Cincinnati Vice Mayor Peter Strauss.
Strauss was accepted for alive able-bodied with attributes — he hated acid bottomward copse — as able-bodied as with his audience to actualize simple layouts that met their specific needs.
Wrote architectural historian Walter Langsam in the “Biographical Dictionary of Cincinnati Architects:”
“One of Cincinnati’s finest and best abounding post-war Modernist architects, whose Modernism is consistently choleric by acute acuteness to site, accustomed and bogus materials, and an compassionate of his clients’ lifestyles.”