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Laurel Court exterior
Description: Reverse reads "Cinci., O., Feb. 1938. Copy from Thompson Album". Located at 5870 Belmont Avenue in the College Hill area of Cincinnati, Ohio, the Peter G. Thomson Home is better known as Laurel Court and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The Beau Arts Neoclassical style home, completed in 1907, was built for Peter G. Thomson, founder of Champion Paper, and designed by James Gamble Rogers, the nephew of Peter’s wife Laura Gamble Thomson. It was modeled after the Petit Trianon, a “small” chateau on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles in France, and is considered one of the finest homes in America. The exterior is made from chiseled granite and was originally built on twenty three acres, on the highest point in Hamilton County. The Thomson family lived in the home until 1947. Today, the private residence stands on seven and a half acres of land, and the numerous original buildings, gardens, statues and fountains are open for tours and special events by reservation only. Some of the notable features of this home include the retractable roof of the two story Atrium in the center of the house, the Rookwood tiled swimming pool, the African Rosewood tiled Library, and the gilded Music Room. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: SA1039AV_b03f03_010_001
Subjects: Architecture; Cincinnati (Ohio)--Buildings, structures, etc; Thomson, Peter G. (Peter Gibson), 1851-1931; Rogers, James Gamble, 1901-1990; National Register of Historic Places; Atriums; Sculpture; Fountains
Places: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)