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Olde Towne East

Located just east of downtown Columbus, the neighborhood was once known as the “Silk Stocking District” in reference to the expensive clothing worn by its wealthy inhabitants. After World War II, however, its rich residents were gone, having died or relocated to distant suburbs. The interstate highway system introduced in the 1950s also contributed to the area’s decline. OTE began to transition in the 1990s and continues to draw new residents.

History of Oak Street Building Surfaces Following Demolition

Mae Greentree Mae Greentree History of Oak Street Building Surfaces Following Demolition

The building that stood on the northwest corner of Oak Street and Ohio Avenue was built around 1900. The Baist Real Estate Atlas Map from 1899 shows a building about half the size on the corner, and two years later the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from 1901 shows the full building with numbers from 1102 […]

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Historic Olde Towne East Building to Be Demolished After Wall Collapse

Walker Evans Walker Evans Historic Olde Towne East Building to Be Demolished After Wall Collapse

On Sunday evening, a wall collapsed on the side of a two story building located at 1112 Oak Street in Olde Towne East. The building has sat vacant and neglected by its former owner for several decades, but had been recently purchased by a new owner just a few months ago who had plans to […]

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Wall Collapses at Historic Building in Olde Towne East

Walker Evans Walker Evans Wall Collapses at Historic Building in Olde Towne East

Earlier this evening, a portion of a wall collapsed from the side of a historic building in Olde Towne East, spilling out into the street at the intersection of Ohio Avenue and Oak Street. No one was reported as injured, though the collapse is threatening ongoing plans to renovate the building, originally announced back in […]

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Olde Towne Fitness Opening Soon on Parsons Avenue

Walker Evans Walker Evans Olde Towne Fitness Opening Soon on Parsons Avenue

Parsons Avenue continues to be a hotspot for business activity in Olde Towne East, which is what drew KorKeya Toney to the area when looking for a new location to open a fitness studio. “I became interested in opening in Olde Towne East after searching for property and seeing a need for a fitness center in […]

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Worth Bakery Opens Pop-Up Shop

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner Worth Bakery Opens Pop-Up Shop

A new cottage bakeshop has arrived in Columbus, operating out of Olde Towne East. Andrew Worth, owner of one-man operation Worth Bakery, grew up watching his late mother bake. After pulling ideas and techniques from various cookbooks and his travels, he began baking from scratch. Friends and family encouraged him to take his popular hand-baked […]

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J Hot Fish Taking Over Olde Towne East Pop-Up Space

Walker Evans Walker Evans J Hot Fish Taking Over Olde Towne East Pop-Up Space

This summer, if you’re in the mood for getting something hot and something fried in Olde Towne East, then you might be in for a surprise. You won’t find chicken this year at 1117 Oak Street, but you will find fish. J Hot Fish is the name of the new pop-up restaurant tenant confirmed to […]

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Historic Bryden Road Building Bought, Apartments Planned

Brent Warren Brent Warren Historic Bryden Road Building Bought, Apartments Planned

Another historic Olde Towne East building has been purchased by an owner with preservation and renovation in mind. A prominent three-story building at 738 Bryden Road – which has sat empty for years and at one time served as a dormitory for the Columbus School for Girls – was bought in January by a group […]

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