Artist Mark Dejong created a sculptural house intervention in Camp Washington replacing all of the interior structure in a thoughtful way.
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Feb 16, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, "Catching the Sun" Film Screening,
Union Hall, 1311 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Film tells story of global energy transition from perspective of U.S. & China solar laborers, policymakers, & entrepreneurs working to build solutions to income inequality & climate change through solar energy. Learn more.


Feb 17, 8:30 am - 5 pm, Managing Sustainability in Multifamily Properties, American Book Building, 300 Pike St. #400, Cincinnati OH 45202. Hear from local experts on how to better your multi-family footprint, save money, and reduce risk. Keynote speaker, Mark Fisher with the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. . Learn more.


Feb 18, 10 am till Noon, "Swing House," USGBC Green Home Tour Series.
Artist Mark Dejong has created a sculptural intervention in a house in Camp Washington replacing all of the interior structure in a thoughtful way that both provides the infrastructure for a swing and highlights the history and material of the building. Learn more.


Feb 28, Earth Day Early Bird Registration Closes, Non-profit $25, For-profit $50. Earth Day is a celebration of our natural community and our exhibiting and vending members lead the efforts to educate the families of Greater Cincinnati on Earth Day, April 22 Summit Park, Blue Ash, Ohio. Rates go up $25 after the 28th. Learn more.

Hi friend,

Feb 18, 10 am till Noon, Swing House, USGBC Green Home Tour Series

Artist Mark Dejong has created a sculptural intervention in a house in Camp Washington

Swing-House-200x660.jpgThis amazing building, art, wonderment, mystery - defies description. Mark Dejong is a master of space and time.

What is a house, a home, a building? What makes it home and a comfortable place to remember what happened there and who lived there before you.

Imagine taking a three-story brick row house in Camp Washington and removing all the interior wood super-structure. In its place are ten steel I-beam needles that project 50 feet into the air. The brick shell is attached to the steel intra-skeleton by 30 bolts. 

Carefully preserved on the walls are all of the things that made this a home to generations. Paint and plaster colors and textures. Gas lighting fixtures and scars from electrification. Names of craftsmen on the walls. Crayon drawings by children.

Envisioned as a place to worship the concept of a building and its meaning. The "Swing House" isn't finished yet. Artist, Mark Dejong has removed the staircase seen in the photo and the swing may now be inviting guests to feel the home's breezes.

Experience this adventure with us. You will leave with a new appreciation of a renovation that peels back the layers of time to expose a new meaning of four walls and a roof.

The final status is a work in progress. Maybe an event space. Maybe the amazingly refinished basement will be an Airbnb staycation resort. Time will tell.

The tours are free to Chapter members (you can bring a guest), join the Chapter. Non-members are asked to make a donation of $15 per person. Contact Chair Chuck Lohre to receive reminders or register for any of the tours,, 513-260-9025. Learn more

The 2017 Tours are sponsored by The Sustainable Partnership of Cincinnati, a group of businesses offering sustainable products and services to create sustainable homes and offices. Learn more at

Sincerely, Chuck Lohre

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