Historic modernist masterpiece given a green makeover

| by Gary Wollenhaupt
Historic modernist masterpiece given a green makeover

The Rauh House, one of the first International-Style homes built in the United States, has been given a green makeover and is on the market.

 This nationally recognized home was designed by Cincinnati architect John Becker in 1938. Known as the Rauh House for the original owners, the home was restored through a two-year project to its original character of openness, rectilinear lines and simplicity. Its industrial feel was a trait of the International Style and is very much appreciated with today's home decor trends.

 See a slideshow of the restored Rauh House

The home was built for the family of insurance executive Frederick Rauh and the restoration was headed up by the Cincinnati Preservation Association and funded by Rauh's daughter, Emily Rauh Pulitzer (who lived in the house until she was 24).

Rauh House

Protective covenants are in place. Emily Rauh Pulitzer, a leader in the arts, married the grandson of famed newsman Joseph Pulitzer. Pulitzer desires someone to enjoy her childhood home while preserving its beauty and historic significance.

The home maintains its original footprint and floor plan of over 4,400 square feet. The residence has a larger master suite and six other bedrooms and five and one-half bathrooms.

The home maintains its integrity to the International Style with white rooms and white interior decor.

Rauh House

Throughout the renovation, every detail of Cincinnati architect John Becker has been replicated while adding twenty-first century mechanical systems and efficiencies including a geothermal heat pump and spray foam insulation. ArchitectsPlus of Cincinnati managed the two-year restoration project.

Restored landscaping follows the original designs of A.D. Taylor (who also designed the landscaping at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.)

The Rauh House in Cincinnati, Ohio, is available for sale through Sibcy Cline Realtors with a listing price of $ 1,395,000.

Read more about Great Green Homes.

Photos courtesy of Sibcy Cline Realtors.

Topics: Geothermal Heating & Cooling, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Remodeling

Gary Wollenhaupt

Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.

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