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Feb. 8 GVS Board Of Trustees Agenda

February 5, 2016 by admin in News & Events

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Vocab Word Of The Week: False Front

February 3, 2016 by admin in News & Events

When looking at a structure, you should not only look at its façade, but you should look at the structure from an angle to see what details extend beyond the façade on to the rear portion of a structure.  If you never looked at a structure from an angle, you could be fooled by a false front.

A false front is when a façade extends beyond the roofline, creating the illusion of a larger structure.  False fronts were most commonly utilized for commercial architecture, but were occasionally used on residences.

falseMany people associate false front architecture with old western architecture, which is where it can predominantly be found.  The most notable false front structure in German Village is at 911 City Park Ave!

Plan Ahead For 2016 GVC Meetings

February 3, 2016 by admin in News & Events

-by Historic Preservation Advocate Sarah Marsom

It is hard to believe that it is already February, and I am sure in a couple months we will all be shocked that it is summertime.  Do not let the year get away from you, plan for your home improvement projects NOW!

One of the most important aspects of keeping your home improvement projects on track, is keeping up with the German Village Commission deadlines!  Since the GVC only meets once a month, it is imperative to meet the application deadlines.  Not all of your projects will require attending a GVC meeting, some can be staff approved.  All commission/staff approvals are valid for 12-months past issuance, which allows you flexibility for when your project can start and finish.

Start thinking about what projects you would like to pursue in 2016, and reach out to Sarah at to receive guidance on how to best pursue your home improvement project.


Application Deadline (50 W. Gay Street) Hearing Date (588 S. Third Street)
February 16, 2016 March 1, 2016
March 22, 2016 April 5, 2016
April 19, 2016 May 3, 2016
May 24, 2016 June 7, 2016
June 21, 2016 *Wendesday, July 6, 2016
July 19, 2016 August 2, 2016
August 23, 2016 *Wednesday, September 7, 2016
September 20, 2016 October 4, 2016
October 18, 2016 November 1, 2016
November 22, 2016 December 6, 2016

Charles Rowland To Host Artist’s Workshop

February 2, 2016 by admin in News & Events

Mark your calendar for an Artist’s Workshop by Charles Rowland.
Express yourself in Watercolor | How to” Loosen up” with Charles Rowland
The workshop will be held at the German Village Society’s Brent Warner Fest Hall in conjunction with the exhibit that opens March 13 and runs through April 10!

Watercolor Expressions by Charles Rowland
Date: April 2, 2016 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: German Village Meeting Haus 588 S Third Street,
Columbus, Ohio
Cost: $65.00 per person
Register Now with

Read January Police Luncheon Minutes

January 28, 2016 by admin in News & Events

Feb. 2 German Village Commission Agenda & Applications

January 27, 2016 by admin in News & Events

Full application descriptions can be found in the AGENDA.  Contact Cristin Moody ( or D.W. Routte ( at the Columbus Historic Preservation Office if you have any questions regarding the agenda or applications.


16-1-13: 907 City Park Ave– Rear Addition

16-1-14: 525 South Fourth Street– Variance request, Patio, Replace Signs

16-1-17: 843 Mohawk Street- Conceptual Review continued to March 1, 2016 meeting

Variance Recommendation

16-2-13: 593 City Park Ave– Variance Request

New Applications

16-2-14: 747 City Park Ave– New Garage

16-2-8b: 825 South Fifth Street– Replace Windows

16-2-12b: 556 South Fourth Street– Garage addition and alteration, New dormer, Install skylights, Reroof bay window

16-2-16: 169 East Beck Street– Enclose Terrace

16-2-17: 756 Jaeger Street– Rear Addition

Conceptual Review

16-2-18: 247-257 Livingston Ave– Conceptual Review, demolish existing, modified two-story commercial structure and replace with new three-story apartment building.

16-2-19: 54 East Whittier Street– Conceptual Review, demolish deteriorated concrete block garage at the rear of the property.

Staff Recommendations

16-2-10b: 1004 Jaeger Street- Landscaping

16-2-11b: 628 South Sixth Street– Replace front walk/steps

16-2-20: 120 Reinhard Ave– New garage

View final agenda to review staff approvals


Martinez Joins GVS As Research Intern

January 27, 2016 by admin in News & Events

Kayla MartinezMy name is Kayla Martinez and I am excited to work at the German Village society as an archival and research intern! I will be assisting the collections specialist, Alan Renga, with digitizing the German Village Society’s vast collection of historical documents. I am enthusiastic about exploring the German influences within this pocket of Columbus.


I am from Cleveland but arrived in Columbus almost four years ago to attend The Ohio State University. I am currently a senior studying Power and Culture throughout history with a minor in Latino Studies. For the past three years, I have worked at The Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Latino & Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research (LASER) program, which aims to assist underrepresented high school students throughout Columbus in their pursuit of college. Recently, I began work at the International Affairs Office on campus, however I am still involved in the LASER program serving as a mentor to high school students.

I look forward to maintaining historical documents and artifacts available for the German Village Society’s residents and visitors!

Vocab Word Of The Week: Rafter Tails + Brackets

January 27, 2016 by admin in News & Events
Brackets on The Book Loft.

Brackets on The Book Loft.

Rafter tails are exposed structural beams that support your roof.  You can find a rafter tails extending as a part of the roof’s eaves.  Occasionally rafter tails will extend beyond the roof’s edge, accentuating the rooflines.   Rafter tails can only be found on the handful of neighborhood bungalows.  If you look below the eaves on other structures in the neighborhood you can find brackets; brackets can provide roof support, but they are most commonly decorative features.  Brackets are a very common feature for Italianate structures, but can also be seen on Queen Anne structures and other styles.


604 S. Third – Rafter Tails

Rafter tails and brackets both provide a decorative element below the eaves of homes, but can be differentiated due to their aesthetic dissimilarities.

Students Begin Resurvey

January 27, 2016 by admin in News & Events

Soon you will see Ohio State University students standing outside your property!  OSU has dedicated a studio planning class to the resurvey of the German Village Historic District.  Students are tasked with updating the Ohio Historic Inventory forms to ensure your home has proper architectural descriptions in addition to them researching the ages of homes, additions, and auxiliary structures (ex: garages).

The survey is integral to amending the German Village historic district’s National Register for Historic Places designation.  A re-survey ensures the neighborhood’s architectural history is accurately documented for both your edification, and to ensure the German Village Commission has the most accurate information when reviewing applications.  In addition to providing the GVC with information, the survey will be one step closer to income producing properties being more competitive in the historic tax credit process!

This survey is an exciting step towards being recognized on a national level for the German Village neighborhood’s 150+ years of history!  Do you have any questions about the National Register of Historic Places?  Email me at

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