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Historic home of Ivory soap inventor to be demolished

CINCINNATI – The historic Cincinnati-area home of the inventor of Ivory soap is expected to be demolished as early as Monday morning after a four-year battle to save it.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the demolition of the Gamble house in Westwood is imminent and at the behest of its owners.

James N. Gamble, the son of one the founders of Procter & Gamble, lived in the 13-room Victorian mansion from 1875 until his 1932 death. During that time, he invented Ivory soap and turned his father’s company into an international powerhouse.

Preservationists and neighbors have been fighting the demolition with protests, lawsuits, board hearings and other means since March 2009.

The home’s owner, the Greenacres Foundation, applied for a permit to demolish the house about a year after getting a citation over a crumbling walkway.

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