Council denies historical recognition for Goetz House


A majority of Cincinnati City Council voted Tuesday to not give the Goetz House historical recognition, commonly known as Christy's & Lenhardt's restaurant on West McMillan Avenue, paving the way for its anticipated demolition.

Christian Moerlein gifted the house to his daughter and son-in-law, Lizzie and John Goetz, in 1891. It is one of several homes built by the Christian Moerlein family in Clifton Heights.

Most recently, the Windholtz family, owners of the house for 60 years, announced an agreement with a developer who intends to demolish the house to build additional student housing.

The family released a statement back in March, which reads in part: 

"[Our] family has considered closing for quite some time. The business was not making money, and we could not afford to keep the business open.  After 60 years of hard work, Erika and Joe need to enjoy their retirement, and the best way to do that was to close the business..."

In response, the CUF Neighborhood Association (CUFNA) applied for a Local Historic Landmark and Historic Site Designation for the Goetz House to prevent it's demolition.

Residents and even some University of Cincinnati students joined together in support of the Local Historic Landmark and Historic Site Designation for the Goetz House.

During Tuesday's special Committee of the Whole meeting, only Council member Yvette Simpson voted in favor of the historic designation.

A full city council vote is expected Wednesday.

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