In the “alternate universe” Cincinnati that I created for NATURAL LOVE, the sprawling mansion of Chadwick Gardens plays a pivotal role. It is a central backdrop to the story, and provides an aspect of the tension in the book.
Here’s a closer look at this major part of the story.
Name: Chadwick Gardens (not original name)
Date Built: 1921
Architect: WW Cordes (a real person, but this is a fictional property)
Architectural Style: Art Deco with Greco Deco elements
Awards: National Register of Historic Places
Key Rooms in Natural Love: Spencer’s bedroom, foyer, Avery’s bedroom, dining room, library, living room, kitchen, study
Amenities: pool,small vineyard, extensive manicured lawn, terrace, patio
Other Aspects: Spencer’s father purchased Chadwick Gardens as a statement piece, and he promptly renamed it after the family. The house is a source of pride for Spencer’s father and stepmother, both of whom enjoy living in a mansion that screams old money while they are nothing but new. The Chadwicks see the house as a way to cement their place in Cincinnati society.
NATURAL LOVE is slated for release on December 9, 2014. It is available for pre-order on Amazon.