LIVING SHOULD BE FUN – NOT JUST FUNCTIONAL
Staying away from home doesn’t have to be boring – a room with a bed, a chair and a desk that no one ever uses because it has a big television right above your head. It’s no longer acceptable to have a parking lot as your destination view, or to have highway noise surrounding every edge of the room. Our standards are so much higher. We now take trips in the same city we live – just for fun- just to have a change of scenery – YES!
So, here is a location in Cincinnati that you don’t want to miss. It’s called the Swing House and it’s located in the heart of an up-and-coming neighborhood and one man saw an old, historic three-story, 19-century building through the eyes of an artist and transformed it into something amazing.
The Swing House
1373 Avon Place
Neighborhood: Camp Washington
The Swing House make adult childhood dreams come true. Who doesn’t love to swing and the best part of this swing is that it can be done indoors.
I came across an article written in This is Colossal where they interviewed the owner/artist. Mark deJong purchased this property after saying goodbye to his previous artwork and craving to do something more.
“I stopped making art for 20 years. So, this house was my leap back into the art world,” he said during his interview.
In the past 20 years, deJong had been working in construction – so he combined both skills – that of his construction work and his art – to transform this house into something that has never been done before.
He completely gutted the building, keeping the integrity of the history and leaving it bare and exposed- nothing but rich charm.
The swing is hung in the middle of the room that also houses the bedroom and kitchen. He installed the swing in the middle of the room with a room that is braced to a 30 feet metal beam. A person can swing as high as possible and not hit any of the furniture. It’s perfect.
According to Colossal it took deJong 3 years to install the contraption. The house is designed like a row house- long, narrow and tall.
The house doesn’t look like much on the outside. I guess the saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover,” is a perfect fit for this situation.
I can’t wait to stay here and see how high I can swing. A childhood dream come true.
Thank you, Mark deJong!
*All Photos: Thisiscolossal.com – images taken by Hailey Bollinger
TOURS OF THE SWING HOUSE – every first Saturday from 12-4 p.m.
To RENT – $175 per night – accompanies two people. For all details, visit the website.
To book a visit, click here