Five sites are on the 2023 Columbus Landmarks Most Endangered list

The goal of Columbus Landmarks is to preserve buildings that are believed worthy of survival because of their historic nature or architectural significance. There are five sites on the 2023 most vulnerable group list, but plans are underway to save at least two sites, and one building on a third site.

Columbus Landmarks recently hosted a bus tour of the five sites, with discussions at several of them about what’s to come.

The five:

  • The Hayes-Henderson House, 1544 Atchison Street, near the East Side, which Landmarks said was likely built by Judge John Green somewhere between 1865 and 1868 on farmland that had belonged to the family of President Rutherford B. Hayes. The house later became owned by local attorney Leon Pearl Henderson, who used his house as a community center and hosted prominent African American artists.
  • Summit Sixteenth United Methodist Church, 82 E. 16th St., in the University District, built in 1954.
  • Fire Engine House No. 10, at 1096 West Broad Street, Franklinton, was built in 1896.
  • Downtown YMCA, 40 W. Long St., built in 1924.
  • Old Lazarus Building 171-191 S. Main Street, downtown, with 171-177 S. rise built in the 19th century and 185-191 S. rise in 1906.

Here’s where things stand:

Hayes Henderson House

Residents and advocates feared the home would be lost when The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center planned to use the site for a new Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital. But in May, hospital officials said they would look at other sites for a new adult inpatient rehabilitation center.

Wexner Medical Center spokeswoman Marti Leach said officials are still figuring out what to do with the drug, which the state of Ohio still owns.

“Our goal is to preserve it,” Leach said.

Utility crews are maintaining the grounds and making sure the house is weatherproof, she said.

“We want to be a good partner in the community,” Leach said.

Rebecca Kemper, CEO of Columbus Landmarks, said the home is not under imminent threat now.

Summit of the United Methodist Church

Up Campus Properties of Chicago wants to build a seven-story, 229-unit apartment building on the church site. Opponents say the project is too large and doesn’t fit into the neighborhood east of Ohio State University’s campus.

The worship space also served as a civic space for the community.

The developer plans to salvage and reuse the building’s stained glass windows, wood ceiling, wood wall panels and exterior murals.

Kemper said landmarks officials remain concerned about the site.

“One thing we keep hearing is that women’s lives are better because of this place,” she said.

“It’s absolutely fantastic on the inside. We keep pushing for this.

“The feeling is that this space needs to be saved,” Kemper said.

Fire Engine House No. 10

The station was used as a fire house for over 100 years until the city built a new station next door. Since then, it has remained vacant, and landmark officials are concerned about its deterioration.

In an email, Anne Kelly, director of Columbus’ Office of Property Management, said the city plans to use the building for internal operations and issued a request for bids for the project’s design. Responses are due back on October 9.

Downtown YMCA

In September, the Dispatch reported that Columbus-based Woda Cooper planned to buy the building at 40 W. Long St. From Columbus Downtown Development Corp., which acquired the building in March for $1 million after the YMCA moved the last residents in.

Woda Cooper plans to renovate the building into 110 to 120 apartments, called The Lofts at the Y, to be affordable to those earning 30% to 80% of the area median income. Woda Cooper plans to purchase the building at the end of 2024, begin construction in early 2025, and finish by the end of 2026.

Kemper called the building’s Gothic and Jacobean Revival influences remarkable and unique.

Ancient Lazarus Block

Harsax Management Co., Ltd. would like to in Cleveland in incorporating the Ohio National Bank Building, built in 1912 at 167 S. High St., into the project, which also calls for replacing two older buildings south of the bank with a modern, 15-story apartment building. tower.

One of the buildings slated for demolition was once part of the first Lazarus store, which grew to seven buildings on the site until it moved to the Lazarus Building in 1909. The same building also housed downtown’s first Kroger grocery store in 1909, Landmarks said.

@Mark Ferencic

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