House Tour

For Immediate Release

Northside House Tour, Now in Its 17th Edition, Sets Dates + Details for 2018 Tour
Special Focus on Accessible Houses and Universal Design
Highlight Northside's Inclusive Personality


Since its start in 1990, the Northside House Tour, held for a total of 16 editions so far, has delighted and surprised guests who are invited to tour the private homes of selected residents. Each year up to a dozen homes, chosen for integrity of architecture, unique design, and personal flair, have their doors thrown open in this non-profit event, now held each even year in conjunction with the Northside Community Council. The 2018 tour of at least 10 homes takes place Sunday September 30 from noon - 5 pm. Tickets – $15 in advance and $18 the day of the tour – will be sold starting mid-July online (Northside.net/HouseTour) and at selected retailers and non-profits. A third of proceeds from ticket sales by non-profits will be donated back to them.

From elegant Victorians to mid-century moderns to cutting-edge LEED-certified homes, the Northside House Tour typifies the diversity and unique beauty of the neighborhood that’s been dubbed “a casually hip destination” by The New York Times, and “the It Girl of Cincinnati neighborhoods” by Cincinnati magazine. While the increasingly desirable neighborhood, situated between Clifton and Westwood just below Mt. Airy, has made headlines for its rising home values and destination venues for dining, drinking and music, the volunteer-run Northside House Tour underscores the community spirit and DIY ethos – its “funk and swagger,” to
quote City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld – that remain intact.

This year the Northside House Tour will feature several houses with accessible design and amenities. It’s a natural highlight, because diversity and inclusion have long been cornerstones in the neighborhood.

“Among the many exciting things about living in Northside are the inclusiveness and creativity of those who live here,” says Megan Fitzpatrick, co-chair of the 2018 tour.

“So it's not surprising that people are innovatively adapting period homes in the neighborhood – and building new ones – that are accessible and welcoming.”

At least four of the homes on this year's Northside House Tour will be accesible to people with mobility challenges, to spotlight innovations and ideas as well as to make the Tour an event everyone can attend.

Details about the houses selected for this year's tour will be announced in September. Sneak-peek previews will be offered on the House Tour's social media accounts (along with neighborhood snapshots), and on its website, starting in June: facebook.com/NorthsideHouseTour