Early advertisements for Elsmere Subdivision.

The (Cincinnati) Evening Post , May 1889


   This is a tract of 160 acres, surrounded by North Walnut Hills, Ivanhoe, South Norwood and Oakley, and is better known as the old Cavagna Farm. At present there is nothing on this property save many handsome forest trees, four rustic-appearing dairy barns and a 13-room brick house of ancient architecture. The latter will be the only mark left by which those who visited the Cavagna Farm years ago will know the place three months hence.
   Although the property was only sold on the 13th of February last to the ELSMERE SYNDICATE, with a capital of $320,000, to-day men and teams are busily engaged grading streets, under the supervision of that able Engineer, M. D. BURKE.
   To Mr. Burke's engineering talent is due the disappearance of many of the unsightly hills around Cincinnati, which have by him been shaped into suburbs where now reside thousands of Cincinnati's best people and we give the readers of this advertisement the benefit of his judgement regarding the latest ELSMERE addition to Cincinnati.
   He says that as one tract of 100 acres it is the best lying land, suseptible of the best drainage, that he has ever surveyed in Hamilton County.
   There will be expended in streets and building improvement on this property over $150,000 during the year 1889.
   ELSMERE is accessible by the OHIO & NORTHERN-WESTERN RAILWAY, which will be running into Court Street Depot on standard gauge track after April 15th, and the popular C.,L.&N. RAILWAY to Ivanhoe Station, and four months from now KERPER'S ELECTRIC ROAD will be in operation within two minutes' walk of the property. At present it is only ten minutes' walk from Kerper's Walnut Hills Cable, and as a drive it is only 25 minutes' from the Cincinnati Postoffice.
   With all these advantages we can only bespeak for ELSMERE a bright future."

The Commercial Gazette, May 5, 1889


   This week we will positively offer 200 Lots at private sale in


Average size, 50x150 feet. $1,250 each is the price, with streets grades, macadamized, sidewalks laid, trees planted and perfect drainage provided for every lot.
   Terms, $25 cash and $3 per week, without interest or taxes til paid for. Ten per cent. discount if half cash is paid in 60 days; 20 per cent. discount if all cash is paid in 60 days.

Revolution Is the Order of the Day



   Over $100,000 will be expended on the streets and $150,000 in building operations during the year 1889.


Telephone 542                  271 Main Street"

    The Elsmere Subdivision was created the year after the Village of Norwood was incorporated. Over the next few years the subdivision was annexed by Norwood in a piecemeal fashion. The first annexation, on February 18, 1889 (only five days after the Cavagna Farm was purchased by the Elsmere Syndicate) , included that part of Elsmere north of Hudson Avenue. The second annexation in October 1891 and the fourth annexation in November 1895 completed the absorption of the subdivision into the Village of Norwood.

    Interestingly, the first advertisements for the Elsmere Subdivision (old Cavagna Farm) were about the same time as the filing of the will of Bartholomew Cavagna—May 2, 1889. (See Box 74, Case No. 34345, University of Cincinnati Library Archived Collection. The beneficiaries were Peter (executor), Anthony, Elizabeth, Ella and Cora Cavagna.

1899 street grading map of Spencer Avenue in Elsmere Subdivision