Thursday, October 30, 2008

Werk Mansion to be auctioned today

One of the most historically significant homes in Westwood will be on the block this morning.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office will auction off the Werk Mansion, 2657 Fleetwood Avenue, at 11 AM at the Hamilton County Courthouse.

With an appraised value of $399,000 for the 15-room, 5,000-square-foot house, the minimum bid has been set at $266,000.

The sale includes 4.94 acres of property.

The mansion was originally constructed in 1848 by Casimir Werk, son of local industrialist Michael Werk.

Following a fire in 1894, the house was almost entirely rebuilt in the popular Queen Anne style.

It remained in the Werk family until 1988.

Local restauranteurs Ron and Katrina Mincy, of Aunt Flora's Cobbler House and Down Home Diner, purchased the house in 2005.

They had planned to open a non-profit bed and breakfast and ministry/conference center, but were stymied by groups such as Westwood Concern, who feared that a change in zoning for the property could open the door to more multi-family housing in the neighborhood.

Photo credit: Cincinnati Preservation Association