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“510 Springfield Pike is a highly picturesque five bay English Cottage Style (1925) of irregular plan with stone and stucco walls. A triple gable advances on the right with a deep set circular doorway left that has a plank door and prominent wrought iron hardware. The center gabled bay is stone to the lintel line with a large steel frame casement window (all windows steel).
The right gable is half timbered with a carved lintel in grape vine pattern with crest.
To the left of the doorway is a massive exterior wall chimney, stone to above the eave, Flemish bond brick in multiple flues above and crowned by three twisted chimney pots.
The roof is complex with saddle back hips clad in shakes. On the right side there is an interior wall chimney. South end and rear roof plains have recessed hip dormers.”
The home was designed by Walter W. Cordes, a prominent architect of the time and son of Harry W. Cordes, another prominent architect. Harry W. Cordes (Pleasant Ridge, Cincinnati, ca. 1869-1938) opened his own firm, H.W. Cordes Co., in 1912; with son F.H. Cordes, until the Depression hit in the early 1930s.
Harry’s sons William and Walter Cordes succeeded the practice after Harry retired in 1934. Walter W. Cordes was listed as working at the firm from 1922-1952, and the firm seems to have survived with various partners into the ’60s
The firm’s work shown was exclusively residential, and in a vaguely Tudor Revival Traditional style (with one Colonial exception). The picturesque surface of almost every house, whether cottagey or manorial (most quite ambitious, especially inside, with two-story beamed and vaulted living rooms, for instance) includes several materials, such as stone, brick, figured or textured stucco, and half-timbering. Most were concentrated in Hyde Park (Edwards Rd. and Observatory Dr.), with some in North Avondale and H.W. Cordes’ own house in Wyoming.
Much of the firm’s later work, by Walter W. Cordes, was in Wyoming; a tour of Wyoming houses focusing on the Cordes’ work there was given by the Cincinnati Preservation Association in 1998, based on research by Anne L. Helmsderfer and Walter E. Langsam.
Walter W. Cordes was born Jun 23, 1896 in Carthage, OH, and died Sep 26, 1983 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He married Caroline Elizabeth Millikin May 25, 1921 in Hamilton, OH.
W. W. Cordes was the architect of the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Planetarium and a number of other Cincinnati landmarks.
Among other buildings Mr. Cordes designed were the Bonham Branch Public Library in Wyoming, three contemporary residence halls on the University of Cincinnati campus, several churches in Greater Cincinnati and many homes of English and colonial style in Hyde Park and Wyoming.
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