Who can forget Marge Schott, the controversial owner of the Cincinnati Reds? She was the first woman to head a major metropolitan auto dealership (Schott Buick), and the first to buy a national baseball team. After she was banned from managing the team by the MLB from 1996 through 1998 due to a series of inflammatory slurs that offended just about everyone imaginable, she sold the majority of her share in the team.
Schott died in 2004 at the age of 75, and now Ambleside, her sprawling mansion on 15 acres in Indian Hill, Ohio, is on the market for $3.95 million.
The estate was built in 1928 by architect John Henri Deeken and modeled after a mansion in Ireland. It’s considered one of his architectural masterpieces. (He also designed the Mack House that I got to tour last year, which is now owned by the drum tech for the Dave Matthews Band–I loved it!)
Nearly everything in this 19 room mansion is original to the 1920s construction, so it needs a lot of work. Over the past 5 years since Schott died, the home has remained empty, and the Marge and Charles J. Schott Foundation has been getting it ready to sell.
One task: removing the shag carpet that Marge had throughout the house (can you imagine?!).
The house has 11 woodburning fireplaces.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the mansion was built for Leonard Smith Jr. and designed with live-in servants in mind. There are still call buttons in the rooms and a servants’ wing.
Marge and her husband Charles Schott bought the house in 1954. After he died in 1968, she lived here alone with her famous St. Bernard dogs until her death.
It took a year to inventory the contents and empty the mansion. Three separate auctions were held–two just for her baseball memorabilia. The outlying property has been subdivided into 9 other lots for developers, but 15 acres remain with the estate.
The kitchen was clearly designed with servants in mind, not homeowners.
Whoever invests in this estate will be buying a piece of Cincinnati history.
I love an old house with history. For more photos and information about this house, check the listing.