Monday, February 29, 2016

Steamboat Gothic

Well we finally had a nice day and Lee and I, Sweet William The Scot, hopped in our car to get a picture of a home on the National Register of Historic Places.
It was owned by Cincinnati Preservation Association.  In 1976 it was sold back into private ownership
The house is up for sale at the present time.
Originally built in 1855 for Dr. Wesley Elstun but it was purchased in 1865 by Dr. Henry Archer Langdon.
The house is believed to be one of the last remaining ones of  Steamboat Gothic style in Cincinnati.
Steamboat Gothic architecture is an extremely elaborate architectural style which is primarily confined to the American South, where it originated. Steamboat Gothic architecture emerged along the banks of the Mississippi River, where riverboat captains paid for lavish homes which were designed to resemble the elaborately decorated steamboats of the mid-1800s.
Dr. Langdon was born May 28, 1839.
He joined the Union Army to serve during the Civil War.  He was appointed as Assistant Surgeon to the 79th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  He was a Full Surgeon and served until the end of the war.
Ohio was a Union State with the Ohio River separating Kentucky as a Confederate State.
Some day I will have to take you to part of the Underground Railroad Station sites that the slaves took to become free men of color.
Only one of Dr. Henry Archer Langdon children survived to adulthood and became a doctor also.
Dr. William Langdon, the son, delivered Lee's mother.
The little doctors office building that sat on the site with the house was moved to Heritage Village at Sharon Woods Park, where it still stands today.
Some day I will take you there.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine

Sweet William The Scot


  1. Ringy-Dingy-Ding, well Sir William, I am so glad you took us out to this historic site! The Steamboat Architecture makes for quite the pretty house, doesn't it? I could see you living there. It's so great to be able to find such rich history right in one's back yard, isn't it?
    Your friend, until the end...

  2. Sweet William, that is a truly lovely house and how wonderful that you have the family connection. Gail and I are wondering how many green papers would it take to purchase the house?
    Toodle pip!

    1. The last time it sold was for $161,040 prior sale show it going for $340,000. Economy sucks. They would only give serious buyers the asking price now.

  3. Oh my momma is in love with this house... imagine we would be nearly neighbors :O) ... I better hold my paw on the price you told Bertie... think my momma will swoon hehehehe

  4. That is one cool house. Wonder if it's got the ghosts walking around
    Lily & Edward

  5. A proper surgeon's house has hot and cold running IV fluid.

  6. Hari OM
    OMD aunty's all a-flutter (and was already wondering the same as Bertie even before it got mentioned!!! $340k <> gbp250k...hmmmmm) It is a gorgeous building - though, no doubt there will be high maintenance involved! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  7. What a beautiful home. I hope wonderful people purchase this place. Just love the windows.
    Thanks you for showing the Steamboat Gothic home.

  8. It is such a pretty house - thank you for telling us all about it :)

  9. that is such a pretty house,thanks for telling us all about it,xx Speedy

  10. Love the history you teach us. Yes, it would be great to see photos of the underground railroad. Mom said it would even be better to see it in person.

    Aroo to you,

    1. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is here in Nati City. Lee has been there twice. It is magnificent. You can see a show that shows the night time sky how it look on the night Abraham Lincoln was shot and died. They have a real slave cabin and quilts that people put out directing the way to the next stop on the underground railroad. An interactive display has you running for freedom and if you read the signs and lights right you make it across the Ohio or if you are wrong you are taken back into slavery. Another show brings to life trees and fog and river sound coming across. It contains a lot of history. Including uniforms from the Civil War and more.

  11. we just love your history lessons, Sweet William!

    Edgar and his mum

  12. What a neat house! I would love to see what it looks like inside. I also would love to see the Underground Railroad sites as well. My daughter is studying the Civil War in school right now.

  13. that is a beautiful house, yes would love to see the inside. you live in a fascinating city, so much history. The underground railroads would be very interesting to see
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  14. OMD! I would LOVE to buy such a beautiful old homestead. ♥

  15. OMD, THAT IS SOOOOO BEAUTIFULS!!!!! And the Dr. son delivered your Gma??!! Very cool!!! If Ma wins the lotto, she will most definitely buy this beautiful homestead!!!! (it couldn't be any more expensive than the houses out here!!!!'s NUTS!!)
    Anyhu, I loves this one!
    Ruby ♥♥
    pees: I hopes Lee is doin' betters!!! ♥

  16. What a beautiful house. We always love the history lessons you tell of your Nati City.

  17. Crikey Sweet William ...... I LOVE that house. Couldn't we buy it together and then I could come and visit and Lee and Mum and Dad and you and I could check out all of your wonderful Cincinnati. Did you get to go inside the house?

  18. What a gorgeous house. What neat history that links to Lee :)

  19. What a beeyoutifull house, Sweet William... and we luvs da history and how it's tied into yer history, too... thanks for sharin' it wiff us...

  20. That looks a super neato house. Kind of pricey though. But well, where pawppy came from even so called fixer uppers cost more that what they are asking for this one...sheesh.

    It was nice to know that you have a real life connection to the history of that house, OMD!

    Thanks so much fur sharing this with us. Growlmy says she would love to see inside there:)
    You do get to see the best things, SWTS!

    And I love your Easter eggs!