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Ridgewood in the Country Club District

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, May 20, 2018
1. Ridgewood in the Country Club District Marker
Inscription. The Ridgewood neighborhood, platted in 1914, was one of the first fully planned and restricted suburbs in the United States. Its innovative developer, Springfield native Harry s. Kissell, was among a small group of nationally acclaimed real estate developers who, in the early twentieth century, created the modern suburb as we know it today. Their developments offered spacious lots in park-like settings; curvilinear, paved roads; utilities, and sewers. They also ushered in the practice of deed restrictions, which were both protective and exclusionary. Harry Kissell went on to become president of the National Association of Real Estate Boards in 1931. During his tenure, he conceived the idea for the Federal Home Loan Banking system, which, during the Great Depression, saved millions of Americans from foreclosure and permanently opened up the possibility of home ownership to the middle class.
 
Erected 2014 by The Turner Foundation, The Ridgewood Centennial Committee, and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 6-12.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 56.779′ N, 83° 48.51′ W. Marker
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By J. J. Prats, May 20, 2018
2. Ridgewood in the Country Club District Marker
is in Springfield, Ohio, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of North Fountain Boulevard and Ardmore Road, on the left when traveling north on North Fountain Boulevard. Touch for map. It is on the western island-median at Ardmore,. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield OH 45504, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Asa Smith Bushnell (approx. 0.9 miles away); William Whiteley (approx. 0.9 miles away); Union Soldiers Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); James Leffel (approx. one mile away); John Dick (approx. one mile away); Eliza D. Stewart (approx. one mile away); Jeremiah Warder and Ann Aston Warder (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Also see . . .  Ridgewood in the Country Club District: A Historic Suburb in the Best 60,000 City in America. 2011 book by Tamara Dallenbach on Amazon.com with the look-inside feature. Publisherís blurb: Ridgewood in the Country Club District gives a rare, detailed look at life in this early suburb of Springfield, Ohio. It follows the meteoric rise of Harry Kissell from a go-getting local real estate agent and developer to one of the architects of the Federal Home Loan Banking System, which, in the midst of the Great Depression, saved millions of Americans from foreclosure and permanently opened up the possibility of home ownership to the middle class.

Ridgewood in the Country Club District tells the fascinating story of one of the first fully planned suburban
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By J. J. Prats, May 20, 2018
3. Ridgewood in the Country Club District
neighborhoods in the United States. Developed in the early twentieth century in the bustling mid-sized, Midwestern town of Springfield, Ohio, Ridgewood was at the forefront of the emerging new trend of suburban living. And its developer Harry S. Kissell was one of the nationís biggest proponents of the American Dream of home ownership. Tamara Dallenbach provides an in-depth exploration of the story of Ridgewood s development, the lives of its early residents, its picturesque architecture, and the tales of Kissell s most ardent competitors for the local, high-grade real estate market. She sets Ridgewood in the context of national movements in residential developments, community beautification, and city planning. The narrative follows Harry Kissell from his rise as the proprietor of a local family real estate business and a dedicated community booster to that of a leading figure on the national real estate scene, one who opened up the possibility of home ownership to millions of Americans. Ridgewood in the Country Club District is a saga that spans half a century punctuated by two world wars and the Great Depression. It takes the reader on a compelling journey from everyday life in an early suburb in middle America all the way to the halls of Congress and the Oval Office. (Submitted on May 20, 2018.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 81 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 20, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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