A World's Fair House in Ohio

A World's Fair House in Ohio

Thompson's Colonial in Terrace Park
World's Fair House in Cincinnati

First of the Cincinnati area World's Fair Houses to be unveiled to the public was the O.O. Thompson model at 117 Fieldstone Dr., in Terrace Park, which has been open since June 14.

Mr. Thompson's "Italian Provincial" World's Fair House has been open each weekend since that time, drawing crowds of more than 1000 persons a day. "Because our house has received so much attention, we have decided to keep the model open for another two months," said Robert Thompson, president. "This is a tribute to Cincinnatians who are interested in imaginative home-building features and tasteful interior decor."

The floor plan includes spacious living room, dining room, kitchen and breakfast area, "formal" family room, three bedrooms, two baths, patio, two-car garage, and "informal" family room downstairs.

One of the magnetic features is the main level family room set in the center of the home, where walls are paneled with Formica's V.I.P. in an oak wood grain interspersed with olive green feature stripes. New V.I.P. wall paneling is Formica's latest idea for easy-care wipe-clean home maintenance.

The kitchen is an exact duplication of the New York World's Fair House kitchen, with Formica laminated plastic olive green countertops, Formica V-32 cabinets in a special green and white World's Fair pattern and overhead Acrylite Skydome for natural day lighting. It also has modern Frigidaire double oven and range, disposal and dishwasher. Nearby is a large food storage center.

An inspection of the bathroom reveals a candy-stripe pattern of Formica laminated plastic on walls, original World's Fair House vanity designs by Formica, Acrylite sliding doors for tub enclosures, and Acrylite luminescent ceiling.

The "informal" lower family room has Targinol seamless floors — a terrazo-vinyl non-skid, colorful floorcovering that never wears out or needs polishing.

The Thompson World's Fair House is decorated by Miss Carol Hill of H. & S. Pogue Co. Department Store's Interior Decorating Service, and spotlights carpets, drapery, blankets and furniture upholstery, of Creslan acrylic fiber.

Exterior of the house features used brick, Anderson thermopane windows, and Philip Carey self-sealing roof. Landscaping by Persons Landscape Service includes special no-maintenance flower beds.

Mr. Thompson is immediate past-president of the Cincinnati Home Builders Association, first vice-president of the Ohio Home Builders Association, and a director of the National Home Builders Association.

SOURCE: Cincinnati newspaper, unknown origin,circa 1964, Presented Courtesy of Carol C. Cole and husband Lee, of the Terrace Park Historical Survey.

Flyer for the Terrace Park house, modified slightly for readability.

SOURCE: Lee & Carol C. Cole

Cincinnati Floorplan - Panel 1
Cincinnati Floorplan - Panel 2
Cincinnati Floorplan - Panel 3

The Terrace Park house as it appeared in 1998. Compare the tree in the front yard with its size in the 1964 newspaper photo above.

SOURCE: Photo presented Courtesy of Lee & Carol C. Cole

Cincinnati World's Fair House c. 1998


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