Tucked at the bottom of the Clifton hillside, the West McMicken neighborhood features historic housing stock in an isolated area easily overlooked by passersby.
But its well-maintained greenspaces and award-winning beautification programs offer a glimpse of the dedication of its neighbors, which will be on full display during the Cincinnati Preservation Association’s
first “Fall into Restoration” series next month.
“It’s absolutely beautiful,” says Margo Warminski, CPA’s restoration director.
The program features a tour of a restoration-in-progress—an 1885 Queen Anne that once served as the home of a streetcar conductor, is in the process of being restored to its original state.
“It’s a glimpse of late Victorian middle-class life,” Warminski says of the house, which was part of the neighborhood that grew up along Cincinnati’s original streetcar line. “We are very excited to be able to do this program.”
She notes that members of the West McMicken Improvement Association
will be on hand to discuss their work to keep their community green and flourishing. In addition to reclaiming abandoned buildings in the University Heights neighborhood, members have also fought off an intrusive highway plan and are currently working with Spring in our Steps
volunteers to beautify the Warner Street steps.
For more information about the neighborhood and the Sept. 22 tour, visit the Cincinnati Preservation Association
By Elissa Yancey
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