Demolition case may affect Cincinnati preservation

Efforts to preserve thousands of Cincinnati properties with historical significance could be affected by the outcome of legal wrangling over the possible demolition of a home once owned by a Procter & Gamble Co. heir.

A county judge ruled a demolition permit should be granted for the former James Norris Gamble home, but the city is appealing.

If the ruling is upheld, the buildings protected from demolition would be limited to several dozen sites that received an official historic designation from the city council, not all those simply viewed as significant.

Preservationists worry the Gamble house ruling will make it tougher to protect other properties.

Gamble lived in the 13-room Victorian mansion from 1875 to 1932. The foundation that owns it has said it's beyond repair.

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