Each home on Bella Vista has a distinctive history. Explore each by clicking any of the images below.
The largest building on the street, 1702 Bella Vista / 5108 Reading Road is an elegant 4,300 square foot duplex designed by architect J.C. Grukenmeyer, partner in the firm Sullivan & Grukenmeyer, to whom Maketewah Country Club is attributed. Built in 1927, the earliest recorded resident was John A. Herschede, retired partner in Herschede Jewelers. … Continue reading 1702 Bella Vista
1714 Bella Vista Street was built in 1927, likely by Arthur R. Green. The home is notable on the street for its distinctive and apparently original striped awnings. The first owners were Joseph and Mary Kornmann. Evidently prosperous, Mr. Kornmann worked in the printing industry, and the family employed a live-in maid, who was noted … Continue reading 1714 Bella Vista
1715 Bella Vista was built in 1928 by developer Arthur R. Green. The graceful English-style cottage remained on the market for years, despite a stream of open houses and advertisements in The Cincinnati Enquirer. The property was foreclosed upon and in 1932 Sheriff Asa V. Butterfield ordered the home sold at auction. The Cline Mortgage … Continue reading 1715 Bella Vista Street
Built by Arthur R. Green in 1927, 1718 Bella Vista Street was originally owned by William F. Orth and Mary Orth. The 3-bedroom plus nursery home was described in newspaper ads of the day as having extensive landscaping. The house was valued at $16,500 in the 1930 Census ($249,415.78 in 2018 dollars). Unusually for the … Continue reading 1718 Bella Vista Street
Originally owned by John and Ella Schreckenhofer, 1719 Bella Vista was built in 1931. Though the builder is unknown, the Schreckenhofers acquired the land to build from Ralph H. Prinz. Little is known about the original owners, who sold the home in 1939. The home was then owned by two generations of the Josefovsky family, … Continue reading 1719 Bella Vista Street
1722 Bella Vista Street was built in 1927, by Arthur R. Green. The charming home failed to find a buyer immediately and was eventually ordered sold by Sheriff Asa V. Butterfield in 1931. The home has had two owners in its history.
Built in 1928, 1723 Bella Vista was first owned by Charles E. Smith and Sylvia Smith. Mr. Smith was an avid gardener and a manager in the printing and lithography business. Mr. Smith was born amidst the conflagration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and moved to Ohio as a child, settling in Cincinnati … Continue reading 1723 Bella Vista Street
Built by Arthur R. Green in 1927, 1726 Bella Vista was the family home of Arthur and Edna Green, along with their sons Arthur Jr. and Robert, for 10 years. During this time, the home was frequently advertised for sale in the Cincinnati Enquirer, so it is unclear if this was intended to be a … Continue reading 1726 Bella Vista Street
1727 Bella Vista was built by Holscher & Rape in 1932. The home’s first owner was Mr. John E. Lietemeyer, the junior owner of the eponymous of the John E. Lietemeyer & Son Funeral Home Co.
1730 Bella Vista was built in 1935. The first owners were Leon and Stella Loewenstine, who acquired the land from Oakley Coal & Supply Co. owner Adolph G. Cramer. Mr. Loewenstine was a tax examiner.
1731 Bella Vista was one of two homes on the street built as two-family residences. The home was built in 1932 for John and Lillie Vetter and immediately began to advertise in The Cincinnati Enquirer for a single lodger; “Gentleman Preferred.”
A truly unique home, 1734 Bella Vista was erected in 1936 by owner-builder-architect Gustave M. Goldsmith of the Goldsmith Metal Lath Co, which was founded by his father Max S. Goldsmith. As recorded in The Memoirs of The Miami Valley, Vol. III, Mr. Goldsmith was was a graduate of Cornell University, and president of The … Continue reading 1734 Bella Vista Street
Built in 1935 by the E.M. Costello & Son Building Co. for Dr. Arthur R. Theobald and Mrs. Irma G. Theobald, 1735 Bella Vista is the only Colonial Revival on the street. It also sustained the only documented fire on Bella Vista, being struck by an attic fire, just one week prior to its occupancy … Continue reading 1735 Bella Vista Street
The only Georgian Revival home on the street, 1740 Bella Vista was built in 1936. The home commissioned by Joseph and Mina C. Sagmeister for her widowed mother, Mrs. Louise Colnot. The Sagmeisters lived at 166 Elizabeth Place, just a block away. Joseph Sagmeister, an attorney, also enjoyed a friendship with Louis B. Sawyer, the … Continue reading 1740 Bella Vista Street
Built in 1936 by The James P. Mulford Co., 1739 Bella Vista is the only Norman Revival home on the street. Though entirely harmonious with the English cottage style which predominates on the street, the house is nonetheless a distinctly different turreted ode to a French battlement. Eschewing the stucco seen on most of the … Continue reading 1739 Bella Vista Street
Erected in 1936, 1743 Bella Vista was custom built for Harry Russell Jones and Bess Buehler Jones. Mr. Jones was a World War I veteran and an insurance adjuster at Western Adjustment & Inspection. Mrs. Buehler Jones was active in women’s Republican political clubs.
Built for Albert and Pauline Widmann in 1927, 5026 Reading Road does not have a Bella Vista address but does open onto the street and contributes the interesting and charming character of the street. Mr. Widmann was a Vice President of Western Bank and Trust Company, having worked his way to the position over 50 … Continue reading 5026 Reading Road