Massive Abandoned Victorian Mansion | Urban Exploring | Cincinnati History

  • We explored this historic victorian abandoned mansion in Cincinnati, Ohio left to rot. The A.E. Burckhardt Mansion was built in 1886 buy a famous nineteenth-century architect, Samuel Hannaford. With 33 Rooms, 10 bathrooms, and countless fireplaces this abandoned mansion is very unique. Sadly it is rotting away.
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Comments • 80

  • Once Occupied
    Once Occupied  6 months ago +23

    Exploring these old Victorian and Romanesque mansions really gets our hearts ❤️ pounding. The thought of how many people raised families in these homes and what it took to build them is humbling. So many more amazing adventures to come.
    You guys & gals ROCK!

  • Donald Strickland
    Donald Strickland 7 days ago +1

    Would love to own this home to restore it

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  5 days ago

      That would be amazing. You would need a freaking truckload of money. Please consider subscribing Don 🙏

  • Donald Strickland
    Donald Strickland 7 days ago +1

    The mold looks rough also

  • Rebecca Lott
    Rebecca Lott 10 days ago

    Fantastic house!! I’m glad you got out unscathed!! Excellent job! Does the house have a name, like the original owner’s name, or something? What area? Just curious! 👍🏼👍🏼

  • Alison Bladen
    Alison Bladen 11 days ago

    So if I went to explore this, would I be arrested? Lol serious question

  • farts are us
    farts are us 13 days ago

    Dam canadians will deff ruin a neighborhood

  • Lorey's Lair
    Lorey's Lair 13 days ago

    I found this and it applies to this house:
    "When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for pleasant delight, nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, 'See! This our father did for us.'”
    -- John Ruskin

  • Catherine Boehle
    Catherine Boehle 14 days ago

    I LOVE how u describe the older homes: u tell us and show us the architecture!!!! And u do it all without cursing!!! Thank you, thank you!!! ALL of YOU: BE SAFE OUT THERE! GOD Bless!!!!!!

  • Lorey's Lair
    Lorey's Lair 15 days ago

    I absolutely love this house! Sometimes you move the camera too fast which makes me dizzy. I understand you get excited, but so do we. This house should be saved, it's too beautiful to let it go. Thanks for the video.

  • Ricky Kuza
    Ricky Kuza 20 days ago

    i need to go to this next time im in cinci and just see it for myself i love it

  • Sheree Richmond
    Sheree Richmond 21 day ago

  • Chrissy URBEX FAN
    Chrissy URBEX FAN 23 days ago

    I’m looking past the graffiti, This Victorian era mansion has character! Love the detailing of houses/mansions built in that era! ❤️. Unfortunately there are the dangers of lead paint dust and asbestos, and who knows what else. 😷

  • Gary Freeland
    Gary Freeland 24 days ago

    Back when houses were made to last..Great find.

  • Patricia Stanich
    Patricia Stanich 25 days ago

    thank you for showing this. what a fabulous old place

  • 777jones
    777jones 29 days ago

    This house is what they call a “riot.”

  • Lelia Lee
    Lelia Lee Month ago +1

    Wow thanks for slowing down

  • Hamilton Mechanical

    Okay so at 2:56, that's probably wiring that was added at the turn of the century, and all the stuff in raceway came later. I'm a bit of an electrical historian lol. Or trying to be anyway. 1882 was when A/c electricity was discovered, and that even could possibly be early dc stuff. Hard to tell, I'm a Tennessean from Oak Ridge, so nothing in our town is older than 1940. If you've never heard of Oak Ridge, Its home of the manhattan project, we developed the parts for the fat man atomic bomb in ww2

  • Hamilton Mechanical
    Hamilton Mechanical Month ago +1

    Okay, 3 videos, I think i'll subscribe now LOL. I love old victorian stuff. Cool shit man!

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  Month ago +1

      YES!!!! Victorian stuff is my favorite too. I’m editing a video now that’s an 1825 home in Dayton. Get ready!

  • Smart NBC
    Smart NBC Month ago

    Hi Аlex you have a whole library in abandoned.

  • JimOgle's Outdoor Adventures

    Great video, And I subscribed, Looking forward to catching up on all your video's. I grew up in Cincinnati,but now live in Northern Ky. Thanks for the adventure!!!

  • Michelle Morrell
    Michelle Morrell Month ago +1

    I have to say out of all the urbex people you are my favorite out of them all. You have knowledge of the buildings, you notice the fine details and you know what you are talking about, proper names for things. I could watch your video's all day long! Keep up the good work!

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  Month ago

      Thanks Michelle! It’s comments like that that mean the most to me. Don’t forget to subscribe and keep the comments rolling 😜

  • Nicoletta Ciccone
    Nicoletta Ciccone 2 months ago +1

    1886???!!! Wow such a beauty but unfortunatelly was left to rot😢. Nice find and you even found tweekers how sad those poor people are destroying their lives.

  • Harry Jones
    Harry Jones 2 months ago +1

    Surprised this channel doesn’t have more subscribers I will recommend to my friends thought u did an amazing job in last few videos I watched

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  2 months ago

      Thank you soooo much!!!! I really tried to improve. I appreciate any sharing or recommending you can do. 😍

  • Slayerjane61
    Slayerjane61 2 months ago

    Restoring a fabulous house like this one would cost a fortune, but I think it would be worth the time, effort, and money to preserve the beauty of the craftsmanship--I doubt the raw materials are even available now to build a place like this. If just a few civic minded individuals with some investment cash could pool funds, start a business specifically to rescue this house (or others like it) and get others to join and contribute either money or labor or materials, it could be done, and then the company's stockholders could make the restored place into a hotel (33 bedrooms!) wedding venue, bed-and-breakfast, museum, or whatever to regain their investment over time.
    With this building's history, wouldn't historical organizations advertise and contribute? The company could even have a "Go Fund Me" so that private citizens could make donations and have a website so all could watch the progress and be further inspired to either contribute, or brag about their own contribution.
    Maybe local high schools or trade schools with woodworking or plumbing classes could spend a semester on a real-world project, restoring a room for credit. Inner-city teens need authentic experiences to put their energy into and feel positive about. Being a part of the project would be a privilege for trustworthy students willing to follow safety rules and all instructions. With parent permission and official supervision, students could engage in a wonderful opportunity for credit that also would add impressively to their resumes.
    People all over the country could follow the website and spread the word. With a few right-minded and energetic people, this house could be saved and become an asset to the city, and maybe other cities would follow the example and save their grand but deteriorating landmarks. Wouldn't that be wonderful--and very, very possible!

  • Travis Barker
    Travis Barker 3 months ago +1

    The mansion once belonged to Bobby Cheese Brown Biscuit Head low level affiliate to the Bloods in Cincinnati in 1984. Some say to this day you can say the name "Bobby Cheese Brown Biscuit Head" 5 times in the mirror and he will appear behind you dressed in all red smelling like cheese biscuits shaped like Bobby Brown.

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  3 months ago

      This is the most spectacular comment I’ve gotten all month!

  • Timberwolf Powler
    Timberwolf Powler 3 months ago +1

    Misery in those walls unfortunately. No one wants it.

  • Deborah Rogers
    Deborah Rogers 3 months ago

    This place must have been gorgeous in its day. I’ve never seen a rounded radiator. Had those in a house in the 1950s. Best heat.
    Loved this house.
    Thanks for taking us with you

  • Numanoid
    Numanoid 4 months ago

    Nice video. Subbed :)

  • Stormy J W
    Stormy J W 4 months ago

    Wow! I would absolutely love to see this in pristine condition way back in the day!

  • Catherine Leigh
    Catherine Leigh 4 months ago +1

    Looks like great expense went for details. Good video but without history it’s unimpressive. Sorry. Do some research.

    • Catherine Leigh
      Catherine Leigh 4 months ago

      Once Occupied you are a sweetheart in your reply. Have you seen any ‘desertify urbex’?
      He has much history but it’s on ruinous sites unlike yours. You have potential. You can find history but it will take effort. Good luck and God bless.

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  4 months ago +1

      There is very little history known sadly 😫. At some locations it’s difficult to share the history we do have because then people can easily find the location and while some people just take pictures a few people will go to vandalize and steal.

  • Juanita West
    Juanita West 5 months ago

    What a beautiful piece of architecture. Love this video. This.

  • Judith Doble
    Judith Doble 5 months ago

    Would of loved to see it when it was built

  • Ryan S
    Ryan S 5 months ago +1

    Sad to see it decay. I hope someone restores it.

  • helen grunow
    helen grunow 5 months ago +2

    What a cool location! Thankyou!

  • Roetsj
    Roetsj 5 months ago +1

    Hide the piping?,or a way to sit comfortably warm

  • Jackster Jackster
    Jackster Jackster 5 months ago

    Very cool!!

  • Wanda Roderick
    Wanda Roderick 5 months ago

    Before they rushed through this singing to take a classes and learning how to video and slow down they run good videos what a shame I hope someone else comes along and videos it and takes their time and not in such a big rush

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  5 months ago

      We were meeting some other explorers at another location so we only had 30 minutes. I guess I could have just not posted it but figured people would enjoy it which they seem to given the ratio of upvotes to down votes. I’m sorry for the rush. We are hopefully getting better given we just make these videos as a hobby.

  • Constance Krischan
    Constance Krischan 5 months ago +1

    I could do so much repairing to that place to try to save it! Amazing home, I want it!

  • Linda Knight
    Linda Knight 5 months ago +1

    I truly believe all that peeling paint is latex applied over original oil base paint..I have seen houses where they never used latex on the woodwork..and it is intact and shiny as the day applied, even when house has been abandoned for a long long time. Latex paint doesnt stand up to abandoned houses with no climate control.

  • tamara walker
    tamara walker 5 months ago

    Simply gorgeous!! The original owners had to be rich to have something so stunning. Great explore. Thanks.

  • Deborah Kolusk
    Deborah Kolusk 5 months ago +2

    What a magnificent place, i have a deeper and longer tub then the one you saw. My son had fixed my bathroom up for me because of my disability and i love it. That one window you were looking out of showed just how thick the walls were. I’m a newbie on your channel and i totally respect your work! Thank you!!

  • Canuckmom1958
    Canuckmom1958 5 months ago +2

    Heartbreaking to see such beautiful craftsmanship crumbling into ruins. The exterior stone work and interior woodwork is stunning. Would love to see somebody or a channel like HGTV take this on.

  • Deborah Rogers
    Deborah Rogers 5 months ago +1

    Must have been beautiful! I’ll all for repurposing if building can’t be used for original purpose HOWEVER. Why did the let it go to rot and ruin???

  • Patrica Forde
    Patrica Forde 5 months ago +2

    Totally enjoy the video thank you guys for everything that you do this house is so beautiful and adorable I bet back and it's day love the woodwork and all the different shapes of the room I bet it was so gorgeous back in this time thank you so much guys for sharing this with us

  • Christine Beebe
    Christine Beebe 5 months ago +10

    How heartbreaking that this beautiful home has been allowed to deteriorate as such.

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  5 months ago +2

      I agree Christine! Sadly it won’t last to many moor years with all the water coming in 🥺

  • Shane Ware
    Shane Ware 5 months ago +2

    Great architecture. Love the wood and the details.

  • J Wollman
    J Wollman 5 months ago +2

    Sad to think the craftsmanship is practically gone. Such a great find. I will never understand why people feel the need to destroy things.

  • Zorian
    Zorian 5 months ago +2

    I would love to have seen this place when it was in it's prime. I can tell it was a Grand Princess and the original owner, a Railroad, Timber or Steel Magnate, had it magnificently designed. If I had that kind of money, I would love to rehab it back to it's original grandeur. Splendid vid.

  • dcoleman4444
    dcoleman4444 5 months ago +2

    Can you imagine what that looked like in it's hey day?

  • Texgal
    Texgal 5 months ago +11

    This just breaks my heart to see a once beautiful old Relic to fall in such disrepair .

    • BedRockBadgerTv
      BedRockBadgerTv 18 days ago

      Yes it's a nice house but if you know anything about Avondale it's the trenches.When I went to this house a few days ago right across the street at the corner store a shoot out took place

    • 777jones
      777jones 29 days ago

      A lot of proud men worked on that house.

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  5 months ago

      I agree! I’m just glad we got to visit it before it’s completely gone. Hopefully you saw the latest video that just went out a day or so ago of the house with the Organ. It’s another one that makes my heart sink.

  • Joann Monkey
    Joann Monkey 5 months ago

    How sad!

  • Michael Lamontagne
    Michael Lamontagne 5 months ago

    Is it possibly for sale by the city?

  • Mighty Lonesome
    Mighty Lonesome 5 months ago +1

    I was raised during the 50's and 60's in Indianapolis but I had an aunt and uncle who lived in Cincinnati. I remember how excited I would get when we visited them. Cincinnati was a beautiful city and Coney Island along with the zoo were frequent stops. The city has done a wonderful job resurrecting the river front area. I would love to see Cinci returned to its former glory.

  • Werner Danler
    Werner Danler 5 months ago

    Pretty good walk through. You never even commented on the carved wooden staircase on the 2nd or 3rd floor. That alone would go for a fortune if someone took it out as a salvage.
    The family probably died out so there is no one to inherite it. The local heritage foundation should grab it and rehab it.

  • Teresa Hedman
    Teresa Hedman 5 months ago +1

    Annoying when the camera moves so fast all the time

  • Denise Boldea
    Denise Boldea 6 months ago +1

    Good Lord, if they couldn't maintain it as a nursing home, you think they could have found another use for the place. It would have made a splendid hotel. If it is Beyound saving, I hope they salvage as much of that beautiful woodwork as possible. There is a market for repurposing wood molding and fireplace mantels to restore other old homes that can be saved.

  • Paula Stephenson
    Paula Stephenson 6 months ago +1

    I cannot believe the historical society has not stepped in. This is a treasure in American history rotting away.

  • Julia Dawnyel
    Julia Dawnyel 6 months ago

    This is so sad

  • Jayne Brown
    Jayne Brown 6 months ago

    WOW... Just found your channel! I am extremely surprised a Salvage Company or Crew has not salvage some of that incredible beauty in that Mansion! Even the wood in a lot of places looked incredible... untouched or damaged by weather. Not to mention all the marble. Those TUBS... the stairway! The list goes on!!!
    Do you know who owns it ?? Need to get in touch with the “Salvage Dogs” in Virginia to get up there and salvage that beauty!
    Go back and film more!!!! 👍👍👍👍

  • karen quinn
    karen quinn 6 months ago

    what a great building good job

  • A Wood
    A Wood 6 months ago

    Does asbestos play a role in the abandonment of so many beautiful older buildings? The upkeep and utilities alone would be astronomical.

  • Betsy Phariss
    Betsy Phariss 6 months ago +1

    Too bad someone doesn't buy it in order to salvage all of the wood and usable tile.

  • Christine LaBrie
    Christine LaBrie 6 months ago +1

    I don't understand why people break into these fantastic old mansions and tear stuff up and trash everything. So sad.

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  6 months ago

      I agree. No little of the original mansion is left 😢

  • Shea Piland
    Shea Piland 6 months ago +10

    Would love to have seen this mansion in its prime; I bet it was phenomenal. Sad that it has been left to decay and vandals.

    • Lorey's Lair
      Lorey's Lair 13 days ago Here is some info on this house, along with pics of how it looked. There are also some links to other pics and info about it. It's truly a HOUSE. Houses today are simply boxes. You draw a box, then mark off smaller boxes inside; that's what we're living in. Cubby holes. These are just houses. This is a HOUSE!

  • Alfred Ritcher
    Alfred Ritcher 6 months ago

    Very cool

  • Rose Treiger
    Rose Treiger 6 months ago +1

    Such a shame.

  • ozrocksinger
    ozrocksinger 6 months ago +1

    Love to buy this place refund and live in it love old huge Victoria homes!

  • Margo's Moments
    Margo's Moments 6 months ago +1

    Why is it so messed up why didn’t anybody in the family inherited it doesn’t make sense

  • Ruth Lyons
    Ruth Lyons 6 months ago +1

    Hands down, best exploring video. No staging here!

  • Willie Beamish
    Willie Beamish 6 months ago +2

    So this home is privately owned and no attempt has been made to salvage any of the great woodwork, marble, or any of the other architectural details built into this gorgeous place? What a total waste. So sad to see all that history rot away. It'll probably face a demo ball in the future so that some Corporate entity can build a bunch of tacky condos or strip mall that'll fall apart in a couple decades. Seen that happen so many times lately. This country has very little respect for it's history. It's such a shame, but unfortunately, renovating a home that size, in that condition, with ancient add on electric and antiquated radiator heat, would undoubtably cost way way more than any purchase price. Perhaps some wealthy elite would take this project on, but doubtful. This home is still really gorgeous and majestic, in spite of the decay. Great tour! Thank you for the effort.

    • Willie Beamish
      Willie Beamish 6 months ago

      @Once Occupied If I won a lottery, I would (haha, that'll never happen) but I sure hope someone does before the roof completely goes. That place is awesome, truly a work of art, I agree! Thanks for the history!

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  6 months ago +1

      Thanks Leslie! Several of these houses are on the historic Registry so they’re in a weird limbo state where no one will buy them because of the neighborhood that they’re in and the amount of money it would take but I’m not sure they can technically strip and sell anything from it. It really is sad and is a complete waste of a house that I would call nothing less than art. Maybe we’ll get lucky and somebody will relocate it.

  • Snorlax
    Snorlax 6 months ago +2

    Great video buddy. Subbed 👍🏻

  • Lorelei Hebdon
    Lorelei Hebdon 6 months ago +3

    They sure new how to build nice houses back in the day! 😍

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  6 months ago +1

      Absolutely! They sure don’t make them like that nowadays.

  • David Brown
    David Brown 6 months ago +2

    I'm a new subscriber. I seen them push buttons light switches before I wish that they would reproduce them now I would sure buy one. It being a old folks home it probably has negative energy because a lot of elderly get abused in places like that. Thank you for the video.

    • Paul Burley
      Paul Burley 6 months ago

      No such thing as negative energy.

    • Christine LaBrie
      Christine LaBrie 6 months ago +1

      David, they do make them. Check out

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  6 months ago +1

      Thanks David! Stay Tuned I have another video coming out in a couple days. It is wild. You won’t believe what we found inside this place.

  • Sbr Joe 1111
    Sbr Joe 1111 6 months ago +3

    I'm a new subscriber to this channel, and I must say that I'm impressed! I absolutely love watching abandoned old homes with their old belongings. Keep the awesomeness up! Watching from: Fayetteville NC.

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  6 months ago +1

      Thanks 🙏 I love exploring NC. I need to make another trip out that way.

  • Doris Billey
    Doris Billey 6 months ago +9

    Wow such beautiful details, it would have been such a nice home. It’s to bad, so much that could have been salvaged

    • Willie Beamish
      Willie Beamish 6 months ago

      I'm surprised, too, that no one has undertaken any salvage efforts at all.

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  6 months ago

      I agree ☝️

  • Leigh Swogger
    Leigh Swogger 6 months ago +5

    So sad. It would be great for someone to restore it to its former beauty. Costly yes but the history saved.

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  6 months ago

      I agree ☝️ Sadly it isn’t going to last too many more years with all the water damage. 😢

  • BilisNegra
    BilisNegra 6 months ago +2

    Far too low view count for what you do on this one, which enerves me, but I hope you won't give up and continue to bring amazing content like this! Hope your channel grows as it deserves.

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  6 months ago

      Thank You 🙏 That means a lot. Share and spread the word.

  • S. Garr.
    S. Garr. 6 months ago +4

    WHY are you posting its location?! None of the people I follow, support, or watch posts the location of the properties visited due to advertising for vandals or further vandalism.
    Please take into consideration and respect the properties.

    • Alison Bladen
      Alison Bladen 11 days ago

      Booooo it's ppl like you, who make things suck....

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  6 months ago +1

      We almost never post a location but for this one we would actually hope that someone would save it and this video could help. It’s actually very well-known. I also put links to the historical write ups so someone would have to do a little bit of research to find a location.

  • Marcy Ryan
    Marcy Ryan 6 months ago +2

    Sad they won’t save it! Tithe wood work and architecture of the building, I am in. A wheelchair and without you I would never have a chance to see the beauty of the woodwork and how ornate the interior is. What waste why did they leave all the hospital beds etc instead they of donating them! Be safe!

    • Once Occupied
      Once Occupied  6 months ago

      The woodwork is my favorite part about these places. They just don’t make them like that anymore. I wish I could’ve seen it before it was turned into a nursing home. I bet they ripped out a lot more woodwork and intricate detail. Thanks Marcy 👍

  • Sonya Klaver
    Sonya Klaver 6 months ago +1

    What was up with the last room you were in? Did they find a body there?