Columbus Landmarks 2020 Most Endangered Sites VIRTUAL TOUR

Virtually visit the sites threatened with demolition but deserve new life

Columbus Landmarks 2020 Most Endangered Sites VIRTUAL TOUR

Columbus, Ohio 43215, United States

Created By: Orbit Design

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The 2020 Most Endangered Sites List represents an immediate opportunity to create a more SUSTAINABLE, CREATIVE and CULTURALLY DYNAMIC Columbus.

Diverse layers of architectural styles and eras help make Columbus distinctive. The nine featured sites represent a variety of eras, styles, uses and neighborhoods. They all have stories to tell and they all matter.

Ongoing building maintenance is a terrific challenge … especially in trying times. Columbus Landmarks is committed to providing research, consultation, and resources to assist with caring for historic properties so that they endure to meet the needs of future generations. Saving our historic buildings through renovation and adaptive reuse not only adds to the distinctiveness of our community, but it is critical to achieving necessary carbon reduction benchmarks. Reusing existing buildings is good for the economy, the community and the environment … it’s an investment in people!

Columbus Landmarks publishes the annual list of Most Endangered Sites to create awareness, start conversations, and stimulate appropriate rehabilitation of properties at risk of demolition, long-term vacancy, deterioration, or impending development. The featured buildings are identified and nominated by the public, screened and selected by our Advocacy Committee, and approved by our Board of Trustees.

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The Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad built a receiving yard on the South End of Columbus, and a 27-bay brick roundhouse serviced by a 115-foot turntable in 1927. During the 1950s, as diesel locomotives replaced steam locomotives, portions of ... Read more
Local philanthropist Mrs. W. A. Miller funded this building in 1926 for the South Side Day Nursery. This handsome two-story, brick Colonial Revival style building features a flat roof parapet, dentil molding, corner quoins, twin round-arche... Read more
Nagy Brothers Shoe Repair is an unassuming, diminutive, single-story, painted brick and block building with intact original interior fixtures. The northern section (with peaked roof) is c1920s and was an automobile service station and... Read more
Holy Family School was about to open in 1913 when the Great Flood overwhelmed Franklinton and the surrounding area. The basement flooded but the school provided refuge for many from lower ground. The school was designed in a Romanesque Revi... Read more
The Lazarus Department Store was founded in downtown Columbus in 1851. This structure is a good example of the suburban Lazarus store design of the mid-20th century.  The entrance is emphasized by three ground-to-roof bays of pebble-embedd... Read more
One of the oldest remaining structures in Northwest Columbus, this brick farmhouse is an important example of rural architecture and sits on a 58-acre parcel purchased in 2019 for creation of a new city park and community hub. Originally ow... Read more
The Art Deco style Cleve Theatre was designed and built by F & Y Construction Company (Leo Yassenoff), and operated as a movie house until 1964. The center section of the front tower featured glass block with a large motorized color uni... Read more
Amidst a country rife with conflict over racial inequalities, the Brentnell Church (as it is also known) served as a beacon for African American religious communities around the country. The church was designed with an eye to the future and... Read more
St. Therese’s Retreat Center has offered hospitality for group spiritual retreats for almost 90 years. The retreat center was established as a quiet and restful place of peace by Bishop James J. Hartley, who was ordained to the priesthood... Read more


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