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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.

At Home: Seeing the Changes of Olde Towne East

Anne Evans Anne Evans At Home: Seeing the Changes of Olde Towne East

Steve D’Aoust has witnessed much of the changes happening in Olde Towne East first hand. “I was born and raised near Detroit and summered in West Virginia and wintered in Marietta,” he says. A trip to Columbus about fifteen years ago to see the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus was all it took to decide to […]

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10 Great Neighborhood Wine Shops in Columbus

Walker Evans Walker Evans 10 Great Neighborhood Wine Shops in Columbus

Wine is not a product that is hard to come by in Columbus. Every grocery store has a selection, some of which have grown to be pretty impressive in recent years. Even CVS has a wine shelf (even if they did just stop selling cigarettes, which means wine is still classified as a healthy product, right?). […]

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At Home: Living in a Labor of Love

Anne Evans Anne Evans At Home: Living in a Labor of Love

Oftentimes, a house becomes a labor of love. That statement definitely holds true for Anthony and Irma Carmichael. The couple purchased their home in Olde Towne East in 1987 and it has been a constant stream of projects to change the home from six separate apartments back to single family. “We wanted to redo an […]

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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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Upper Cup Coffee Thrives in Olde Towne East

Walker Evans Walker Evans Upper Cup Coffee Thrives in Olde Towne East

Upper Cup Coffee opened their doors at 79 Parsons Avenue in October of 2011 and have quickly become a staple business for this stretch of Olde Towne East. In addition to serving as a neighborhood cafe, Upper Cup also roasts and wholesales their coffees, providing a larger business model that expands beyond the single shop. […]

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At Home: Finding the place that feels like home

Anne Evans Anne Evans At Home: Finding the place that feels like home

Lauren Wilson has moved quite a bit since arriving in Columbus in 1997 to attend college at Ohio State University. “I’ve probably lived in fourteen different apartments since I moved here,” she says. She has mostly lived in the urban neighborhoods, with one foray into Canal Winchester. “My favorite neighborhood was Italian Village,” she says. […]

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