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Cinci '56 MCM House by Ben Dombar

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:45 am
by Modmom1
For the Second Time Ever, This 1956 Mid-Century Modern Clifton Home Is for Sale
MARCH 21, 2020
by PHIL ARMSTRONG

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Ben Dombar, a Cincinnati architect who apprenticed for Frank Lloyd Wright, designed and built residential and commercial buildings in and around Cincinnati. As the construction consultant for Wright, he oversaw the design of the well-known Boulter House in Clifton, which sold last year and sadly caught fire months later. However, Dombar designed his own lesser-known Clifton house, and it's currently on the market for only the second time in over 60 years.

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http://cincinnatirefined.com/lifestyle/ ... cincinnati

listing: https://cincy.rapmls.com/scripts/mgrqis ... g&KeyRid=1

Hope all chatters are doing well in quarantine. Hang in there. We'll get through this!

Re: Cinci '56 MCM House by Ben Dombar

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:18 pm
by SDR
Thanks, Modmom. We were introduced to this home just a few days ago, on this thread (see bottom of page):

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewto ... start=1410

The "Cincinnati Refined" piece informs us that the current owners "spent years restoring it to Dombar's original blueprints"---but goes on to say, "As only the second owners of the property since its construction, they didn't have to undo a Frankenstein of additions by a list of previous owners. They added a bridge between the two covered decks, a clerestory in the hall that opened it up to natural light, and walls were removed to make it more open concept—a hallmark of MCM design. They also updated the windows, made improvements to the floors, had custom cabinetry made for several rooms in the house, built a gazebo behind the home, and added modifications such as solar-powered exterior lights and a recirculating pond."

The list of additions and changes leaves me wondering what if any of that was designed or specified by Mr Dombar. Can you enlighten us ?

Best---SDR

Re: Cinci '56 MCM House by Ben Dombar

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:58 am
by DRN
the current owners "spent years restoring it to Dombar's original blueprints"
Unless the Dombar's had a Delorean with a flux capacitor to enable them to watch HGTV in the 2010's, I'd say this house is not restored to Dombar's original design.
I suspect the author of the Cincinnati Refined article does not understand the difference between restoration and renovation, much less alteration.

Re: Cinci '56 MCM House by Ben Dombar

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:52 pm
by SDR
I like this summation of Ben Dombar's time(s) at Taliesin and of his subsequent career.

https://www.modernnati.com/single-post/ ... min-Dombar

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