1735 Bella Vista Street


The Cincinnati Enquirer,
24 May 1935, Fri,
Page 25

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 date.

The blaze sent Fire Lieutenant Howard Brown plunging to the ground, and he suffered fractured bones and internal injuries. It also resulted in $300 in damage to the $10,000 Colonial Revival home ($5,537.63 damage to a home value of $184,587.59, in 2018 dollars).

Dr. Theobald was director of The Avondale Animal Hospital and also a Bond Hill commercial landlord. The Theobalds lived in the home until 1957.

1735 Bella Vista would later be owned by William David Smith, professor of psychology and the very first director of the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Screen Shot 2018-11-29 at 1.31.57 AM