Success Story | The Metz House

Metz House at start of renovation

Metz House during renovation

Built in the 1870s, the Metz House was home to one of Madisonville’s most widely recognized and revered residents: Dr. Charles Metz. Called “Mr. Madisonville,” he helped established the Madisonville Fire Department and the Madisonville Library and Scientific Society. He served as town councilman, the first Director of Health and was a member of the school board. He also was the community’s physician, delivering more than 5,000 babies and caring for residents through horse-and-buggy house calls. But, he was best known for his archaeological work that helped document the lives of the Ohio and Miami Valley American Indians.

The Metz House has changed hands many times in recent years, serving as a coffee shop, funeral home, doctor’s office and then a mortgage company. The bank eventually took possession of the property. The Landbank acquired it for $146,000 on behalf of the Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (MCURC). With funding from the City of Cincinnati, MCURC purchased the house from the Landbank for the same amount.

Renovation and restoration of the 4,100-square-foot property began in May 2018 with a budget of $460,000. Grants from several banks and the Community Development Finance Fund have been secured but additional funds are still needed and fundraising is under way. MCURC plans to move its offices into the first floor in early 2019. The top floors will be rented to neighborhood entrepreneurs.

“We have lost so many historic buildings over the years, we didn’t want to lose this one, too. We wouldn’t be here today if it was not for The Port.”

Matt Strauss

MCURC Real Estate and Marketing Manager