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Ex post facto reference: John H. Patterson’s house

It’s time for more “ex post facto reference,” where I answer a question that someone apparently had, because it showed up on my blog stats under the Search Terms section.

Today’s reference question came from someone who, in the past week, was apparently interested in: “ncr’s john h patterson house in dayton ohio” and “john patterson house in dayton ohio”.

I was a bit intrigued by this question because it caused me the realization that I didn’t actually know what they were asking about. I mean, sure, I know about John H. Patterson, the founder of National Cash Register. But the question made me realize that I had no idea where in Dayton he had lived.

Here is some information about the houses where John H. Patterson lived at various times in his life. Since I’m not sure “which” house the person was referring to (although I suspect the third one), I’ll go ahead and include a quick blurb about the three that I found:

House #1: Rubicon Farm on Brown Street, south end of Dayton

Patterson Homestead at Rubicon Farm

Patterson Homestead at Rubicon Farm (Dayton Metro Library, Lutzenberger Photograph Collection, photo # 0103)

As a child, John H. Patterson lived on the Patterson Homestead at Rubicon Farm, south of Dayton. This was the house built by John’s grandfather, Col. Robert Patterson, and later passed down to John’s father Jefferson Patterson. Even as an adult, John kept Rubicon Farm as his summer home until he later built a new rural estate in Oakwood.

[For more info on Col. Robert Patterson and additional pictures of Rubicon Farm, check out my Bio Sketch of Robert Patterson.]

House #2:  Northeast corner First and Ludlow, downtown Dayton

John H. Patterson mansion, northeast corner First and Ludlow, Dayton

John H. Patterson mansion, northeast corner First and Ludlow, Dayton (Dayton Metro Library, Lutzenberger Photograph Collection, photo # 0271A)

Like many wealthy Daytonians of that time, John H. Patterson had a fabulous mansion in downtown Dayton. His particular mansion was located on the northeast corner of First and Ludlow Streets. The Patterson house was razed in 1934 and a filling station built on the site. Presently, the site is occupied by the Soin Building.

House #3: “Far Hills” estate, Oakwood

John H. Patterson's mansion Far Hills, Oakwood

John H. Patterson’s mansion Far Hills, Oakwood (Dayton Metro Library postcard #0372)

And, like many wealthy Daytonians of that slightly later time, John H. Patterson eventually built a bigger and more fabulous mansion in nearby Oakwood, south of downtown Dayton. He built his new country home in 1896 and called it “Far Hills.” This Swiss chalet-style home was located on the north side of Thruston Boulevard, where Wood Road meets it. John lived at “Far Hills” until his death in 1922. Then, his son Frederick B. Patterson had the house torn down and replaced with a French style mansion on the same site. Fred Patterson’s mansion still exists as part of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior.


In addition to the Dayton Metro Library’s digital image collections (and their corresponding descriptions), I also consulted the following in writing this post:

“Far Hills,” The John H. Patterson Home, 1909. Postcard image and description by Steve Koons. Accessed 14 Aug. 2012, http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/k/o/o/Steven-D-Koons/PHOTO/0067photo.html.

Google Maps. Street View. Accessed 14 Aug. 2012, http://maps.google.com.

Oakwood Historical Society. “A Brief Oakwood History.” Accessed 14 Aug. 2012, http://www.oakwoodhistory.org/2_oh_brief_history.htm.

Oakwood Historical Society. “The Town of Oakwood, 1872-1908: A Self-Guided Walking Tour.” Accessed 14 Aug. 2012, http://www.oakwoodhistory.org/Downloads/Town_of_Oakwood.pdf.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for Oakwood, Ohio, Feb. 1941. Accessed 14 Aug. 2012, http://dmc.ohiolink.edu/oplinmap.htm.