Irecently discovered Amber’s blog Snapshots of Life, which featured some amazing photos of Columbia Tusculum and its famous “Victorian Painted Ladies.” I was excited because these houses are beautiful, of course, but also because they’re not far from where I live here in Cincinnati. Somehow it had never occurred to me to show them to you. I asked Amber if I could show you some of her pictures, and she graciously agreed.
Remember that home show tour I showed you pictures from last week? Afterwards, we drove over to Columbia Tusculum and took some photos of it, too. Dave patiently drove up and down the steep hills of the historic neighborhood at about 10 m.p.h. so I could snap as many photographs as possible (let’s just say we got honked at a couple of times for blocking the narrow streets as I tried to decide which houses to focus on), so I’ve got some of mine to show you, too.
Columbia Tusculum is the oldest neighborhood in Cincinnati, founded in 1788 at the junction of the Little Miami and Ohio Rivers. This was shortly before Cincinnati–originally named Losantiville–was settled. Columbia Tusculum opened the first school in the Cincinnati area in 1790. For years it was known as a steamboat-building town and was very prosperous. The oldest home still standing was built in 1804.
Okay, ready to gawk?
First, here are some of Amber’s photos:
Aren’t they fun to look at? Every house is painted a different combination of bright colors. As you can see, the homes are on very steep hills that come up from the riverbank, so sometimes I was pointing my camera straight up at them. Here are the photos I took recently:
Do you have a favorite? I’m not sure I could narrow it down to one. They were all so much fun! You can read the fascinating history of this town on Columbia Tusculum’s website. This was Indian territory, and let’s just say the Indians weren’t happy about the new settlement on the banks of the river. The settlers “even took their guns to church.”
Thanks again to Amber for inspiring this post and for generously sharing her photos of the area with us (go to her blog Snapshots of Life to see the rest that she took).
If you like these painted ladies, don’t miss the tour of this darling yellow one, shown below: