John S. Baker House

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John S. Baker House
Front of the house
John S. Baker House is located in Ohio
John S. Baker House
John S. Baker House is located in the US
John S. Baker House
Location 1887 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
Coordinates 39°7′45″N 84°28′4″W / 39.12917°N 84.46778°W / 39.12917; -84.46778Coordinates: 39°7′45″N 84°28′4″W / 39.12917°N 84.46778°W / 39.12917; -84.46778
Area 1.8 acres (0.73 ha)
Built 1854
Architect James Keys Wilson
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP Reference # 79001852[1]
Added to NRHP June 6, 1979

The John S. Baker House is a historic house in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. Built in 1854 according to a design by Cincinnati architect James Keys Wilson,[1] it was the home of New Jersey native (Wilson's uncle)[2] John S. Baker, who settled in Cincinnati in 1814.[3]

The Baker House is primarily a brick structure with some elements of weatherboarding; it rests on a stone foundation and is covered by a metal roof.[4] Its architecture is prominent in many ways, most significant of which are its overall style: no other large brick houses in the Cincinnati area feature such a distinctively Gothic Revival style. Many details produce the sense of a castle, such as its tower, its battlements and crenallations, and the decorations on the unusually placed and shaped windows. The appearance is further improved by the house's location: sitting atop a river bluff, it is visible from a great distance.[3]

In 1979, the Baker House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its historically significant architecture.[1] Included in the listing were two related buildings, a studio and residence for servants; they are located on the side of the bluff below the main house.[3]


  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Ball, Jennifer (Jun 2007). "Selling Points". Cincinnati Magazine. p. 88. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  3. ^ a b c Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 1. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 562.
  4. ^ Baker, John S., House, Ohio Historical Society, 2007. Accessed 2010-10-06.