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Inventory Of Historic Structures Underway In Columbus Area
Last November, bulldozers leveled a nearly 200-year-old cottage in Upper Arlington. The Hutchinson House was demolished to make room for luxury apartments. The incident sparked a move to identify other central Ohio historic structures before theyâ€™re torn down.
The leveling of the Hutchinson House was devastating, says the former director of the Upper Arlington Historical Society, Kate Kallmes.
â€œYou would not believe how many people Iâ€™ve seen around town who have said to me, â€˜Oh weâ€™re so sorry that you couldnâ€™t save the house.â€™ And of course Iâ€™m still devastated by it,â€ Kallmes says.
Soon after the demolition Kallmes began to inventory other little-known structures with historic value.
â€œOne thing weâ€™re doing is looking for pre-Civil War buildings in and around Upper Arlington. And then weâ€™re also partnering with other community organizations so that if theyâ€™re aware of something that hasnâ€™t crossed our radar theyâ€™ll let us know. And I think people are more aware now,â€ Kallmes says.
The historical society wants to keep other valuable buildings from being razed. Historian Ed Lentz says the destruction of certain historic structures is a significant loss.
â€œWe are not only who we have been and how we have acted. We are also a reflection of what we have made and constructed over the years. And what we build is a reflection of us. Itâ€™s hard to get a sense of who we are and who we might be if you donâ€™t have a sense of where youâ€™ve been. And thatâ€™s why saving the best of the past is important,â€â€™ Lentz says.
The Hutchinson House was built in 1821. Two years later, a larger, more substantial home was built not far from what today is Greenlawn Cemetery.
â€œWeâ€™re standing in front of the Miner House on Eaton Street. I think this house is interesting because itâ€™s the longest inhabited house in Central Ohio â€¦ built in 1823.â€
Lucy Wolfe is a realtor and photographer. Her photographs appear in the book â€œA Historical Guide to Old Columbusâ€ published in 2012. As she worked on the bookâ€™s illustrations, Wolfe developed an expertise for the cityâ€™s historic structures.
Wolfe knows stories of other lesser-known houses. One is the Carolyn Brown House on Livingston Avenue at Linwood in Columbusâ€™ Old Oaks neighborhood.
â€œShe was an indentured servant who was given money when her owner died to build a house in Columbus. It was built in about 1850 and was part of the Underground Railroad.â€
The childhood home of World War One flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, at 1334 Livingston Avenue, is a national historic landmark. But, says Wolfe, the birthplace of one of Americaâ€™s greatest golfers is less well known.
â€œ765 Kimball Place; thatâ€™s where Louis and Helen Nicklaus were living in that house when their son, future golfing great Jack Nicklaus was born,â€ Wolfe says.
There are lots of historic structures in metropolitan Columbus. Ed Lentz, the executive director of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, says itâ€™s impossible to save every relic of the past. But his organization does keep an eye out for historically significant buildings that might be lost.
â€œPart of the task of people who are involved in preservation, history and so on, is to try to insure that the best of the past is not lost,â€ Lentz says.