4354 Hamilton AvE
In 1882 Andrew Jergens with Charles Geilfus, both soap makers, started the Andrews Soap Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. By 1886, Andrew had brought his brother Al and Herman, into the business that became known as the Andrews Jergens Soap Company, today simply known as Jergens Andrew and Herman Jergens, as well as Geilfus, all established residences at the corner of Bruce and Hamilton Av, which became known as "Millionaires Corner" home to the four wealthiest men in Cincinnati. The house and carriage house at 4354 Hamilton is the last remaining Jergens mansion. Herman lived in this house, and his brother lived in the most opulent of the homes, which happened to be the last one constructed. Andrew’s house was torn down in the sixties and became the park we see today.
The main house has been featured in multiple home tours and magazines and boasts leaded glass entry with breathtaking stained glass windows, six fireplaces, nine bedrooms, gourmet kitchen with Butler's pantry, as well as skilled, original finishes inspired by the Aesthetic Movement of the time. Also notable is the dining room fireplace mantel. It was crafted by Cincinnati Art Carvers, established by Benn Pitman (1822-1910), Henry Lindley Fry (1807-1895), and his son William Henry Fry (1830-1929) in the early 1850s. The three men trained young society women in exquisite carvings, and their work is well represented in the Cincinnati Wing in the Cincinnati Art Museum. The English tile on the fireplace front predates Rookwood.
The estate sits on three parcels at a little over half an acre, with formal, lighted gardens, cobblestone patios and walking paths, two fountains, mature trees brought in full size (12 full size trees), two dozen shrubs, Chinese tree peonies, holly,-lined perimeter of the house, boxwood entrance and rear formal boxwood garden, with wooden privacy fencing, iron fencing, and decorative, illuminated aluminum fencing.
The carriage house has been reimagined more than once and has mixed use zoning. Most recently it was entirely gutted to become an additional dwelling unit that shares some utilities with the main house. The attention to style and detail in the carriage home is incomparable, and boasts a stylish open concept first floor, with expansive windows overlooking the grounds, as well as a spa-like upstairs ensuite.