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Demolition of Settlement House Leaves Another Empty Lot on South Side

Brent Warren Brent Warren Demolition of Settlement House Leaves Another Empty Lot on South Side
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City crews have taken down the main structure at 310 E. Innis Ave., where the South Side Settlement House stood for over 30 years. Dave Bush, Columbus assistant finance director, explains that while there is still some work to be done (the ornamental stairwell is to be saved and moved into storage, and the lot will be back-filled and seeded with grass), the main part of the demolition is now complete.

As for what the future holds for the site, Bush says there are no concrete plans, but “the City will certainly be working with neighborhoods and stakeholders of the area to best determine its future.” He notes two projects in the immediate vicinity of the settlement house site that the city hopes will bring new life to the area; the John R. Maloney Family and Wellness Center, which is currently under construction at the corner of Barthman and Parsons Avenues, and the former Reeb Avenue Elementary, which the city now owns and would like to turn into a community-services hub for the neighborhood.

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Demolition photos taken throughout February and March by Walker Evans and Anne Evans.

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9 Responses to Demolition of Settlement House Leaves Another Empty Lot on South Side

  1. leftovers March 11, 2013 8:28 am at 8:28 am

    Here is a Dispatch article briefly telling what the South Side Settlement House was, why it closed and why they tore down the building.

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/05/03/home-of-shuttered-charity-to-open-just-for-farewells.html

  2. michow March 11, 2013 9:36 am at 9:36 am

    Here are some photos just after completion of construction, I believe.

    http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/hodgettsfung/southside.html

  3. Walker Evans
    Walker March 11, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am

    Such an odd looking building. Anyone know who the architect was?

  4. mrmann March 11, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am

    Studio Works: Robert Mangurian and design partner: Craig Hodgetts, now of Hodgetts + Fung
    1980

  5. SusanB
    SusanB March 11, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am

    It is a shame that the SSSH is no more. But green space is not a bad thing. The houses are pretty close together on the South Side and more trees would be a very good thing. A community garden would be very nice as well.

  6. rory March 11, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am

    That was a pretty interesting building. I should have to gone the south side more often. It’s too bad it was at that 30-50 year old sweet spot age for demolition.

  7. heresthecasey March 11, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm

    Such a shame to lose this building. And all we have to show for it now is another empty lot with “no concrete plans at this time.”

    Deplorable.

  8. jpfilthy March 12, 2013 1:33 pm at 1:33 pm

    We took a field trip to just to see this building as a student in the University of Cincinnati Architecture program. It’s a complete shame to lose this gem. I would have protested if I still lived in the area.

  9. Alex March 18, 2013 1:35 pm at 1:35 pm

    Pretty amazing structure. Here are some more pictures:

    https://ksamedia.osu.edu/work/44351

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