CINCINNATI (AP) _ Demolition has begun on the historic Cincinnati home of the inventor of Ivory soap after a four-year battle to save it.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the demolition of the Gamble house in Cincinnati began Monday morning.

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. He invented Ivory soap and turned his father's company into an international powerhouse during that time.

Preservationists and neighbors fought the demolition since 2009 through lawsuits, protests and other means.

The home's owner, the Greenacres Foundation, applied for a permit to demolish the house. The foundation had said the house was beyond repair.

The company handling the demolition expected the entire mansion to be pulled down Monday.