Continuing the series of Werk family homes, "Elsa" on Fleetwood Avenue is also commonly know as the Werk Mansion.
Casimir L. Werk Sr. was born in 1844, the eldest child of Michael and Pauline LaFeuille Werk. He followed in his father's footsteps, becoming director of the M. Werk Company. In 1878, he married Pauline Herancourt, daughter of George Herancourt, president of the Herancourt Brewing Company.
|Original Sketch of C.L. Werk's home, published in 1880. Source|
Biography of Casimir L. Werk, as published in The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography
WERK, Casimir Louis, manufacturer, was born in
Cincinnati, 0., July 4, 1844, son of Michael and Pauline (LaFeuille) Werk. His
father, a native of Alsace, was the founder of the M. Werk Co., manufacturers
of soap, candles and glycerin at Cincinnati, also founder of M. Werk &
Sons, manufacturers of native wines, Cincinnati. After completing his education
at Polytechnicum, Karlsruhe, Germany, the son entered his father’s soap
business, and upon the latter’s death, in 1893, took the management of the
business. He had formerly been a director in the Cincinnati Gas & Electric
Co., and at his death was a member of the directorate of the Cincinnati Union
Stock Yards Co., Dayton & Michigan Railroad Co., and Foulds Milling Co.,
Chicago. Being a good violinist, he found his chief recreation in music. He
held membership also in the Business Men’s and Western Hills Country Clubs
(Cincinnati). Politically he was a Republican. A man of large vision and high
ideals, his dominating personal characteristics were unlimited capacity for
work, a surplus of energy, keen foresight, and minuteness in detail. During his
long residence in Cincinnati, he was an essential part in every movement and
undertaking that had for its purpose the improvement of the Queen City or the
betterment of the people. He was married in Cincinnati, 0., Feb. 27, 1878, to
Pauline, daughter of George Herancourt, president of the Herancourt Brewing
Co., and left six children: Casimir Michel, vice-president of the Herancourt
Brewing Co.; George H., a physician; Emil E., secretary and treasurer of the M.
Werk Co.; Casimir L. Jr., a broker; Pauline L., wife of Arthur Kleve, and
Lillian E., wife of Edwin C. Price. He died in Cincinnati, 0., Nov. 8, 1919.
After Casimir L. Werk's death, the home transferred ownership to Casimir L. Werk, Jr. and his wife Elsie Haberthear, and they did not have any children. Casimir, Jr died in 1955 and Elsa, for whom the home is named, remarried. She passed away in 1986.
|Living Room redecorated by Elsa Werk - Source|
The home then went through some several owners until 2009, when it was foreclosed upon. Luckily, the current owners of making strides towards its restoration. The following pictures are from the real estate listing by Ron Schaible in 2009.