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2019 Most Endangered Sites

  2019 Most Endangered Sites

Becky West, Columbus Landmarks & Matthew Leasure, Designing Local Columbus Landmarks is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advocates for historic preservation and new design excellence. The organization publishes annually a list of Most Endangered Sites and actively advocates for reuse, relying on architectural/historical significance and sustainability factors to build the case for preservation. Learn about […]

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Main Library Wins 2019 Recchie Design Award

Brent Warren Brent Warren Main Library Wins 2019 Recchie Design Award

The Main Library is the winner of the 30th James B. Recchie Design Award. Columbus Landmarks announced the winner last night at an event at the Ohio Theatre Galbreath Pavilion. The renovation and expansion of the library, located at 96 S. Grant St. Downtown, was designed by Schooley Caldwell and GUND Partnership. MKSK served as […]

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Columbus Partnership to Buy Vacant Downtown Building

Brent Warren Brent Warren Columbus Partnership to Buy Vacant Downtown Building

The Columbus Partnership plans to buy a prominent downtown building that has been vacant since 2006. The building, at 145 S. Front St., was once the home of the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. As WOSU recently reported, several attempts to renovate the building ran into political and economic headwinds and were abandoned […]

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YMCA Plans to ‘Phase Out’ Operations at Downtown Building

Brent Warren Brent Warren YMCA Plans to ‘Phase Out’ Operations at Downtown Building

The YMCA of Central Ohio is planning for a future that does not include a presence at 40 W. Long St., the historic Downtown building that has served as a center of operations for the organization for nearly 100 years. “We are in the process of phasing out of the current building, which will take […]

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Opinion: Preservation Efforts Should be Used for Progress, Not NIMBYism

Josh Lapp Josh Lapp Opinion: Preservation Efforts Should be Used for Progress, Not NIMBYism

Numerous proposals, contentious meetings, and contemptuous rejections characterize the 18-month saga of a proposed development at the corner of Livingston and City Park Avenues on the edge of German Village. Through multiple iterations, the opponents of the hotel have depicted it as “huge” and “alarmingly different” and bemoan further development of the neighborhood remarking that […]

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Fortified Hill Earthwork Purchased by Preservation Coalition

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Fortified Hill Earthwork Purchased by Preservation Coalition

It came down to the wire, but Fortified Hill Earthwork has been saved from potential development. A coalition of archeological and historical organizations, as well as community members concerned about the ancient Native site’s preservation, were able to buy all four parcels of land containing the earthworks at a Butler County auction Saturday morning. Fortified […]

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Plan Revealed for Historic Neil Avenue School

Brent Warren Brent Warren Plan Revealed for Historic Neil Avenue School

A local developer has a plan to renovate the former Open Air School in Old North Columbus, one that – to the delight of the neighborhood – does not involve student housing. Located at 2571 Neil Ave., the ornate brick building has sat empty for years. Most recently used as administrative offices for Columbus City […]

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