City council members trying to halt demolition of Gamble House

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The fight over the historic Gamble House continues with Cincinnati City Council trying to halt its demolition.

Councilman Chris Seelbach says six members of council will ask the administration to appeal a ruling by Judge Robert Winkler which would allow the house to be torn down.

"The 20th, we have a deadline that we have to either decide, the city has to decide if we're going to appeal the decision that Judge Winkler made," said Seelbach.

Seelbach says the destruction of the Gamble House would be a tragic loss.

"This issue has awakened a lot of people on the West side who have seen this as a pillar of their community for a long time and desperately want to see it restored and renovated and thriving again," he said.

The Greenacres Foundation, which owns the property, wants to demolish it because the house is badly deteriorated. However, Paul Muller with the Cincinnati Preservation Association is offering a solution.

"Renovate the house for them and give it back to them for their uses. We think we can raise about two million dollars in six months, renovate the house and make it available to them," said Muller.

Muller says the Gamble House is a valuable piece of Cincinnati history.

"Its importance goes beyond Cincinnati," he said. "There are Gamble houses across the nation that are being saved and preserved with much less connection to this pivotal figure who helped shape American industry, helped shape the West side of Cincinnati and is really one of the pioneer philanthropists in the country."

In our commitment to balanced news we reached out to the Greenacres Foundation to get their side of the story, but they declined to comment.

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