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Lillybanks in Cincinnati.jpg
Front of the house
Lillybanks is located in Ohio
Lillybanks is located in the US
Location 2386 Grandin Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
Coordinates 39°7′40″N 84°26′59″W / 39.12778°N 84.44972°W / 39.12778; -84.44972Coordinates: 39°7′40″N 84°26′59″W / 39.12778°N 84.44972°W / 39.12778; -84.44972
Area 1.4 acres (0.57 ha)
Built 1926
Architect John Scudder Adkins
Architectural style Tudor Revival
NRHP Reference # 83001982[1]
Added to NRHP July 7, 1983

Lillybanks is a historic residence in eastern Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. Built in 1926,[1] it is a stone building with a slate roof.[2] Prepared by John Scudder Adkins,[1] the design of the two-and-a-half-story house is heavily Tudor Revival — its location atop a hill and behind walls gives it the isolation common to Tudor Revival mansions. Moreover, the house's design features many elements common to the style, such as the gabled roof, ornamental stonework, wall dormers, and stone mullions in the windows. Its overall floor plan is that of a thin but long rectangle.[3]

Lillybanks was the residence of Philip and Bessie Swing. Natives of Batavia in Clermont County, Ohio, the Swings were descended from leading lawyers of that community — Philip's father, Peter,[3] was a son of Philip Bergen Swing, a judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio,[4] and Bessie's father Allen Cowan was a local judge — and Philip himself was a lawyer in the Hamilton County courts from 1894 until 1911.[3]

In 1983, Lillybanks was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, qualifying for inclusion because of its historically significant architecture.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Lillybanks, Ohio Historical Society, 2007. Accessed 2011-08-17.
  3. ^ a b c Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 1. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 621.
  4. ^ Philip Bergen Swing Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine., United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, n.d. Accessed 2011-08-17.