The Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum
On 40 acres of land, right between Fairfield and Hamilton Ohio, sits Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum. The land was originally inhabited by the Myaami (Miami) and Saawanooki (Shawnee) Peoples who fortified the hills' earthwork.
Harry T. Wilks was the mastermind behind the design of the Pyramid House, now converted into a Museum that displays his immaculate collection of ancient art. Wilks, who was an attorney by trade, learned about building and design during his time as a landlord.
Wilks states the design was somewhat influenced by the Great Pyramids of Egypt but mostly that he “…just needed light in the room.” He said in an interview with The Enquirer. The 2,500-square-foot great room in the middle of the house was designed to host large dinner and cocktail parties. Two 12-foot-wide, 40-foot-long corridors can accommodate up to 40 people.
The whole home resembles a symmetrical design with intricate details throughout. Inverted pyramid-shaped trim is in each corner of the great room and the view through the pyramid highlights the geometry of its grid. Wilks states getting a little carried away when designing the tower that was meant for the chimney and ended up adding an entire room in the tower to overlook the park.
Wilks purchased the six acres of land that the Pyramid House currently resides on in 1987. With the threat of developers taking over the surrounding land, Wilks decided he wanted to preserve the land for generations to come and slowly started buying acres as they became available.
In addition to buying the land, Harry also purchased a great deal of outdoor sculptures that total over 80 pieces today that span 265 acres! The Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum is a must-see hidden gem in southern Ohio. If you plan to visit, don’t forget $10 to support the continuing development of the park!