Cincinnati, OH: Swing House

Over the weekend, I went to a very cool art exhibition called "Swing House". Literally named, it is an 1880-built 3-story house in Camp Washington (a neighborhood just west of I-75 and north of downtown, which is becoming a hot spot for artists) with most of its floors and walls removed - and, of course, it has a swing.

The artist/renovator Mark de Jong hosts a handful of open houses each season. There are two left for this summer: Saturday, August 25th and Saturday, Sept 1, from noon-4pm. The address is 1373 Avon Place. There's not really much parking (it's all street parking, free) so be prepared to be creative with your car. Also, through Sept 3, there is an exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center with more from Swing House. (I plan to go to that as well, but haven't been yet!) I got to talk to Mark for quite a while during his open house (there were a ton of people there and I was waiting for a turn on the swing; he estimates about 150 people or more having been coming to the open houses) and found him extremely interesting. Here are some write-ups that you may find interesting, as well, and cover several things we talked about: CityBeat and Colossal.

(Where are all the people?, you ask. Mark was super nice and let me stay a couple of minutes past his open house closing time of 4pm so I could get a few photos. I was at the open house from 3:30-4:10pm.)

It really does feel like a house - kitchen, bedroom, sitting areas, and the bathroom is downstairs. The furniture was all unexpectedly comfortable, especially the white chairs. The swing is awesome. I knew I wanted a slide in my house (yes, in) and now I want a couple of swings too.

The ceiling is painted like an hourglass, and the fans were one of my favorite parts.

All of the outlets are outlined like this.

I turned the corner and was surprised that this was not on the ground. Awesome!

The stairs leading down to the bathroom and basement, which are part of the open house as well.

Surprises around every turn - that's art.

The basement felt like a museum exhibit. There were lots of cool things on the walls.

I really enjoyed my time at the Swing House. Mark also mentioned the house next door is another one he's renovating and I could go look at it, too, if I, of course, I did.

So cool! So many circles.

If you get a chance, the Swing House is well worth checking out.

Quick Facts:
What: Swing House by Mark de Jong, in the Camp Washington neighborhood (1373 Avon Place)
Parking: Free, on-street
Admission Cost: Free
Hours: By Open House - scheduled are Aug 25 and Sept 1 from 12pm-4pm
Date I Visited: Saturday, August 18 from 3:30-4pm
Cincinnati, OH: Swing House Cincinnati, OH: Swing House Reviewed by Maria on 5:43:00 PM Rating: 5


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