Grandview Heights / Marble Cliff Historical Society


The Inn at Arlington

Roxbury Avenue

The top photograph is of a structure called the Inn at Arlington. The bottom photo is taken of the Sylvio

Casparis residence, which is enlarged to show evidence that the Inn at Arlington was located just behind it

to the East (in the distance in the lower left of the photo of the Casparis house). See more historical notes

at the bottom of the page after the photos.

This structure's existence was noted in the 1976 GHMCHS publication, "Sheltering a Heritage."

The Lindenberg family bible cited that the Charles Lindenberg family rented a home called

the "Inn" in Arlington, as Marble Cliff was known then, during the summer of 1903. Other

data indicate that this home was one of several structures that existed on the 17 acres originally

purchased by Mr. John F. Miller, from the Arlington Place developers Timothy J. Price and family.

Mr. Miller was an executive with the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Chicago RR Company

and resided in Richmond, Indiana. It is assumed that he built this home, along with the Frick/McKay

home at 1600 Roxbury, as well as a home on Arlington Ave as rentals. Deed searches reveal a long

history of leases associated with the land. Reference is also made to this house as the temporary

meeting place of the Arlington Riding and Golf Club. Early newspaper articles describe various

events held on the property. This picture was recently obtained from the Upper Arlington

Historical Society with a legend indicating that it was diagonally across from convent on the

Our Lady of Victory property. Its precise location was only recently determined after examining

computer scans of other historic photographs of the area near Cardigan and Roxbury.

Research has shown that the structure, which no longer exists, was located just North of Cardington

on Roxbury. The Inn was most likely razed in 1908 by Mr. Bush,

who bought 4.7 acres from Mr. Miller in 1907 the prior to the construction of his new mansion

which has been subsequently integrated in St. Raphael's Home for the Aged.