Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Whatever happened to The Gamble House's onsite caretaker?

I didn't pay much attention to the Gamble House issue until I was recently told a rumor that connected all the dots.  The rumor is too sensational to repeat online, but I do want to share an interesting detail I found while doing a straightforward Google search: 

Turns out the Gamble House had an onsite caretaker from 1969 until at least 1997, when Cincinnati Magazine published a feature on him and the house.  According to the article, the house was still in a perfect state of preservation, including all original furnishings.  But sometime in the 2000s this caretaker either died or moved away (I was not able to find any information on him) and the Greenacres Foundation conspicuously did not hire a replacement.   

Around 2009 or 2010 they hired some guys to move all the antique furniture out and trash the place.  So this house could have been this really nice place for the public to visit and see a 100 year-old mansion with original period furniture, and such an arrangement would have cost the foundation hardly anything.  Instead they tore the place up so it now needs at least a million dollars in work just to make it useful for something or somebody.  Their official story doesn't add up in the least, but our non-functional media is snoozing as usual.  

Here is a link to the 1997 article:

1 comment:

  1. GreenAcres is a charity that should get a lot more scrutiny. What is their history and who benefits from their activities?