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Franklin Park

The Franklin Park neighborhood lies to the south and west of Franklin Park itself, located on the Near East Side between Olde Towne East and Bexley. This historic area is beautiful homes lining the park itself, as well as major streets such as Bryden and Oak. More information can be found online at www.franklinparkassociation.org.

Franklin Park Conservatory Getting Major Update

Walker Evans Walker Evans Franklin Park Conservatory Getting Major Update

The Franklin Park Conservatory is getting a major facelift this year, and construction is already under way. Executive Director Bruce Harkey presented an update to stakeholders at an annual meeting this evening, providing new details on the project. “When you think about the entrance to the building, it’s not the most welcoming entrance,” said Harkey […]

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Historic Building Saved from Endangered List

Walker Evans Walker Evans Historic Building Saved from Endangered List

Each year, the historic preservation advocates at Columbus Landmarks compile a list of the region’s most endangered buildings in order to shine a spotlight on what may be lost to the wrecking ball if locals are not paying close enough attention. Their 2015 list included 14 buildings, and thanks to a collaborative effort, one of […]

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An Old Barn Gets a New Life as The Wells Barn at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Anne Evans Anne Evans An Old Barn Gets a New Life as The Wells Barn at the Franklin Park Conservatory

It’s a big week for cultural institutions in Columbus. First, the Columbus Museum of Art celebrated the opening of their new wing, and now, Franklin Park Conservatory is opening The Wells Barn, an outreach and education facility. It’s the first project of the Franklin Park Conservatory’s Master Plan 2.0, and there will be grand opening […]

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GCAC Presents: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Unveils New Venue

Alana Settle Alana Settle GCAC Presents: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Unveils New Venue

A new outreach and education barn, with 12,000 sq. feet of space devoted to the Conservatory’s expanding classes and community-oriented programs, will be dedicated this week with a public open house to follow. A 200-year-old timber frame hand-hewn from seven native Ohio hardwoods is the heart of the barn, which was originally located on farmland […]

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TREEmendous Art Installations Bring Magic to Summer

Anne Evans Anne Evans TREEmendous Art Installations Bring Magic to Summer

Fans of last year’s Tiny Doors project will be excited to learn that a whole new world of discovery has come to several of Columbus’ parks this summer. Columbus Recreation and Parks has launched the TREEmendous project, a collaboration with five artists to place treehouses in chosen trees in five city parks. The installations will […]

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Franklin Park Trolley Barn Property Sold

Brent Warren Brent Warren Franklin Park Trolley Barn Property Sold

The three acre site at the corner of Oak Street and Kelton Avenue in the Franklin Park neighborhood — home to six deteriorating brick buildings once used to store and repair trolleys — has a new owner. Brad DeHays, who opened Rehab Tavern in Franklinton and has been working with the city on an affordable […]

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Packard-Designed School Building Stands Out in Olde Towne East

 Joffre Essley Packard-Designed School Building Stands Out in Olde Towne East

One of the most influential architects of the post-Civil War era was Henry Hobson Richardson. Columbus lacks any buildings by Richardson, but does have a few that were inspired by his designs. The Fair Avenue School is one such building. Located at 1395 Fair Avenue, just south of Broad Street, it now houses the A+ […]

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