Pinecroft, the home of Powel Crosley Jr., opens for public tours on Saturday, May 12. The 1928 11-room 8,000-square-foot Tudor Revival home changed hands last November when the Cincinnati Preservation Association bought it from Mercy Health for $1. Since then, workers have been returning the second floor room layout to its original state and rebuilding the Italian lawn garden in the backyard where the Crosleys entertained guests and their two children played.
The work is still incomplete, said Jane Piper, chair of the tour committee, but Pinecroft generally is in good shape. Piper says Mercy was a great steward of the house.
They can handle up to 100 tourists per 1-hour tour of the grand and bedroom, walk-in closet, octagonal shower, money safe, basement walk-in wine safe and four-car garage, features special in the '20s when Pinecroft was conceived by Crosley and New York architect Dwight Baum.
The house is dominated by traditional Tudor features such as three chimneys in twisted brick patterns, quarter-sawn oak and bluestone flooring, grand oak staircase and leaded glass windows.
Crosley's home reflects his interest in organic elements in many of the rooms, such as grape and flowers leaves carved into wood trim and stained glass windows featuring outdoor scenes. Piper says the house has a wonderful story, but it's livable. We have eighteen new photos of it in our CCOC Pinecroft album.