The nationally recognized home was restored through a two-year project to its original 1938 character of openness, rectilinear lines and simplicity. Its industrial feel was a trait of the International Style and is very much appreciated with today’s home decor.
The home was built for the family of insurance executive Frederick Rauh and the restoration was headed up by the Cincinnati Preservation Association and funded by Rauh daughter, Emily Rauh Pulitzer (who lived in the house until she was 24.) Protective covenants are in place. Emily Rauh Pulitzer, a leader in the arts, married the grandson of famed newsman Joseph Pulitzer. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Pulitzer desires someone to enjoy her childhood home while preserving its beauty and historic significance.
The home maintains its original footprint and floor plan of over 4,400 square feet. The residence has a large master suite and six other bedrooms and five and one half bathrooms. The home maintains its integrity to the International Style with white rooms and white interior decor.
Throughout the renovation, every detail of Cincinnati architect John Becker has been replicated while adding twenty-first century mechanical systems and efficiencies including geothermal.
Becker studied architecture at Harvard and Washington Universities. While at Washington, he was a classmate of modern-furniture designer and architect Charles Earnes. Becker considered furniture a detractor from the flow of space and the beauty of architecture, and thus he designed many built-ins that include benches, a desk, cabinets, shelves and closet drawers, to limit their need.
The residence is beautifully set on 8.965 wooded acres close to nearby horse farms and Hamilton County’s 3,000-acres Winton Woods. The restored landscape plan was originally designed by A.D. Taylor who is also known for designing the landscaping at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. as well as Cincinnati’s Union Terminal, Alms Park and Ault Park.
The home is listed by Hyde Park agents Jenni McCauley and Anthony Woodward.