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At Home: Living in a former masonic temple

Anne Evans Anne Evans At Home: Living in a former masonic temple
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It’s an amazing feeling when you find the home that’s meant for you. Even when you are not even looking. That happened to Craig Boardman in March of last year. He was accompanying a friend who was going to take a look at a condo in the York Building. He happened to take a look at another condo that was for sale and ended up putting a bid in that day.

“I didn’t look at any other condos,” says Boardman. “I just really like the way if feels in here.”

He enjoys the wow factor the place has with the large stained glass windows. They are original to the building. His 1890 square foot condo was originally the dining hall and the study for the Masonic Temple. It was a bedroom and a bathroom on the first floor with a small lofted space he uses for storage. The second bedroom can be closed off completely to create a guest suite.

HomeportA spiral staircase anchors the middle of the space and leads to the second open air bedroom and an enclosed bathroom with a large closet. The loft was added to the space but in a way, feels like it has always been there.

To furnish his space, he frequently pops into Grandview Mercantile, where he has found about six bookshelves from The Ohio State University. They are particularly nice because they stack and create full sized bookcased, or just look good on their own.

He has a few Heywood-Wakefield pieces that were left to him by his grandparents. The leather chairs in his living room were a favorite of his growing up and his father gave them to him when Boardman moved in.

Although it is only decorative, the space has the original fireplace. It also has an original sink in the guest bath. There’s also a secret wood panel that can be removed just in case you need a place to stash a special something.

Boardman is very happy living here. “I love to entertain my home,” he says. “The space is great.”

One of his favorite parties centered around tamales made by Los Potosinos.

Columbus was a pleasant surprise for him. Originally from Texas, Boardman grew up in Dallas and also spent time living in Austin. He studied to be a professor and lived in other cities throughout the United States. A job at the Glenn School of Public Affairs brought him to Columbus.

“Columbus is the perfect combination between college town and big city,” he says. “This is the longest I’ve lived in any city.”

Boardman and his dog Sancho. The painting (inset) was done by his friend Chris Vance. Boardman loves it because it reminds him of himself with Sancho.

The central location of the York Building was a huge plus for him. It allows him to ride his bicycle to work. He also can easily walk to buy groceries and entertainment is also only a few steps away.

“I really enjoy stopping in Brothers Drake or Barrel 44 for happy hour,” he says. Walking over to Till Dynamic Fare is something he does often, and he loves the energy the area receives from Gallery Hops.

“People in Columbus seem really excited about Columbus,” he says. It makes it a fun place to live.

To find out more about the history of The York Building, visit theyorkonhigh.com. Painting of man and his dog by artist Chris Vance.

At Home is a monthly column on Columbus Underground focused on urban home remodeling and style as well as older home renovations and unique homes in Columbus. If you would like to have your home featured in the At Home series, please send me an email at Anne@columbusunderground.com.

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7 Responses to At Home: Living in a former masonic temple

  1. mrpoppinzs February 3, 2013 8:50 am at 8:50 am

    This is one of my favorite buildings in Weinland Park. I originally looked at The York before buying in the Arena District. At the time the nearby Kroger was a dump and a lot of the surroundings fairly sketchy, not somewhere I wanted to park several hundred K on a condo.

    It is remarkable how much has changed. So many new things have been going into the area. Kroger was totally rebuilt and is the best urban designed grocery in Columbus. Brothers Drake, North High Brewing, Middle West Spirits, Seventh Son, Short North Stage etc are all popping up. Weinland Park is really moving along. It makes me think, if I had known then what I know now…

  2. Mandy Henderson February 3, 2013 1:45 pm at 1:45 pm

    Dude, I have so many memories of that building, so glad someone is getting to enjoy it. He should have a “Masonic” party and have lots of spooky stuff go down :)

  3. CMH614 February 3, 2013 2:15 pm at 2:15 pm

    Interesting. There was a study conducted a few years ago about turning this building into about 25 condos:
    http://www.rogerskrajnak.com/community/Archive/community-6.htm

  4. Walker Evans
    Walker February 3, 2013 8:32 pm at 8:32 pm

    Great choice of wall paint colors! Looks good!

  5. columbusmike February 4, 2013 8:59 am at 8:59 am

    That’s a really great building. I wish I could find something similar to this, only smaller, to make into a single residence….

  6. Nikkiangel93 February 4, 2013 2:21 pm at 2:21 pm

    What a neat space! I love to see new life put back in to old stuff.

  7. Landon Proctor
    Landon Proctor February 7, 2013 9:23 am at 9:23 am

    Cute dog. Nice jacket.

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