A transplant to Cincinnati, Annette completed her project, “Girl, Walking” in 2017, walking Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods within a calendar year, blogging about the communities and what she found intriguing and relevant about each. Visit Gettin’ My City On to read all 52.
Also, check out Annette's latest adventure: A Writer and a Narrator Walk into a Bar.
1419: A Love Story
Annette Januzzi Wick and Mark Manley call their once-abandoned 1875 Italianate-style townhome at 1419 Race Street their love child. The couple both lost their first spouses to cancer. Years later, they married and blended families and possessions, but never a home, until they purchased one in Over-the-Rhine in 2012. They planted themselves in the neighborhood through community council and non-profit engagement, walking the streets at night and at dawn and in writing, to connect, learn and grow.
In 1875, Charles Mueller built a home on 1419 Race Street and ran his apothecary out of what is now Nellie’s Tavern at Taft’s Ale House. Charles and his wife, Katherine, had six children, all of whom led diverse lives, though some met with unhappy and morbid endings. In 2018, descendants of Charles and his wife found their way to 1419 Race Street—as guests—and left behind a piece of history.
Annette and Mark will share how they fell for the neighborhood and were later “adopted” by this family of descendants.