Historic Maennerchor Building to be Preserved
Over the past two years, the fate of the historic Maennerchor building at 966 S. High St. has been up in the air. But thanks to the efforts of two anonymous philanthropists, the building is slated for renovation and preservation in partnership with the nonprofit Jefferson Avenue Center. The property was purchased from the Columbus Board of Education and handed over to the Jefferson for project management.
“We could not be more pleased to be entrusted with this storied property” stated Katharine Moore, Executive Director of the Jefferson Avenue Center. “Architect Mark Ours, the principal of Mode Architects, has created a stunning renovation concept that will showcase the remaining historic elements, while transforming the building into an attractive and functional space for future nonprofit tenants. This a a one-of-kind preservation success story.”
The Columbus City Schools district announced plans to auction off the site in November 2017, and it was tentatively proposed for demolition and redevelopment just a few months later. Those plans were scrapped, but a new proposal for preservation was submitted by Mode Architects back in November.
The building had long served as the home to the Columbus Maennerchor, described as “the nations largest and longest continually active German singing society and social club.” The building has sat vacant since 2010 and was on Columbus Landmarks’ “Most Endangered Buildings” list of 2018.
“This significant save is the result of a remarkable act of generosity on behalf of the investors, and we celebrate the outcome,” stated Becky West, Executive Director of Columbus Landmarks.
Renovations to the building are planned for a 2020 completion date.
For more information, visit www.jeffersonavenuecenter.org.