Cincinnati Preservation Association is celebrating the announcement that the restoration of the Frederick and Harriet Rauh House has received a major national award. The Design Award of Excellence comes from Docomomo US, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of modern architecture, landscape and design.
During the housing boom of the 2000s, the Rauh house fell into disrepair and was almost demolished. In 2010, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, daughter of the original owners, donated the house and land to CPA with funds for the restoration.
The construction firm of Crapsey and Giles worked to return the house to its original appearance, combining traditional craftsmanship with modern technology. In 2015, the house was sold to a private owner with historic conservation protections.
Tours and lectures continue to be held at the site to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the preservation of modern architecture.
“The restoration of such an important modernist building from 1938 helps show the value of caring for, not just our oldest architectural treasures, but also some of our more recent ones. Let’s hope the Terrace Plaza can be the next modernist save in Cincinnati,” said Paul Muller, executive director, Cincinnati Preservation Association.