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August 28, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

Schiller Gets His Shine Back

August 27, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

Schiller Gets Stripped, Buffed, Coated

The 11-foot Schiller statue in the center of our park was cast at the renowned Royal Bronze Foundry of Ferdinand von Miller Foundry in Munich, Germany.

The statue was shipped from Munich on the steamer Americaand arrived in Baltimore in April 1891.  From there, it was shipped by train to Columbus in time for a July 4, 1891 dedication, which was a huge affair that was preceded by a parade, and featured speeches by the governor, the mayor, and various city officials for an audience of over 10,000 revelers.

In the 123 years since then, he has weathered ice and heat and birds and at least one bullet.  The statue was refinished in 1991 with what we now know was a less-than-ideal brown coating of some mysterious mix of compounds.  But today, thanks to a whole cast of characters who responded to appeals from The Friends of Schiller Park for funding and expertise, a crew from Mckay Lodge Conservation Lab from Oberlin, Ohio is on site to peel away the coating, the damage, and the bird poop, to rub in a patina with the same artistry and technique used at the original foundry, and to apply a coating of hot wax to shield the statue for several years to come. Click here for a John Clark video with the conservator.

This is one of those times when EVERY German Village resident is a Friend of Schiller Park’s.  Be sure to check out the work-in-progress and to plan a trip to see the completed project this weekend.

Up next is Umbrella Girl.

Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then And Now…

August 27, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

Working with the GVS Property Files you never know what you’re going to find. Here’s another great photo of a building that was a real center of activity in the “South End” of Columbus. The building, dating back to 1885 once housed a saloon, the H. Cole Company – manufacturing and dealing of optical goods, scientific instruments, mathematical instruments, and merchandise, the Par Vell Laboratory – manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, The Dramatic Arts Guild, the South-Side Branch of the YMCA which hosted USO dances in the building during WWII, and of course the Haban Saw Company.

Can you guess where this building is located?


The first person to respond with the correct location will receive a poster printed in 1973 depicting buildings in Columbus as they were back then, including German Village!

Congratulations to Brenda Gishel who was the first to respond to last week’s question… the answer was: the building is located at Third and Willow, and is now G. Michael’s Bistro!

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Bis später!

Join Us: Sept. 7 | Betsy DeFusco Art Opening

August 25, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

betsartGerman Village Society is pleased to welcome Betsy DeFusco to the Gallery at Brent Warner Fest Hall, and we hope you will join us!

Betsy DeFusco is a painter liv­ing and work­ing in German Village – Colum­bus, Ohio.  In her ear­lier career as an illus­tra­tor she com­pleted house por­trait com­mis­sions and designed hand-col­ored prints that were mar­keted widely under the name “Attic Arts.”

The upcoming show is called “Blessed Horizon.” Betsy says that while her style is abstract, her paintings can sometimes be read as landscapes.

“My works are inspired by things in nature that can calm, such as gazing at the blue ocean from a warm beach, looking out from an airplane and seeing the expanse of white clouds below against a clear azure sky, or glancing over a meadow that embraces a thousand shades of yellow.”

In 1994, Betsy received her Mas­ter of Fine Arts in paint­ing from The Ohio State Uni­ver­sity and since then has made paint­ing her focus.  Her work has appeared in New Amer­i­can Paint­ings and Stu­dio Visit mag­a­zines.  Recent solo shows include The Hud­son D Walker Gallery in Province­town, Mass., The Ohio State Uni­ver­sity Fac­ulty Club, Keny Galleries and the Day­ton Visual Arts Cen­ter.  In 2007 she received the Ohio Arts Coun­cil Indi­vid­ual Excel­lence Award and in 2008 her work was given as the awards at the Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio.  Fel­low­ships include Ver­mont Stu­dio Cen­ter in 2009 and The Fine Arts Work Cen­ter in Province­town Mass­a­chu­setts in 2011.  She is a found­ing mem­ber and trea­surer of CAW, Cre­ative Arts of Women, a women’s art col­lec­tive in Columbus.Betsy bio

The exhibit will hang in Fest Hall from Sunday, September 7, through Sunday, October 12. An opening reception is planned for Sunday, September 7, from 2-4 p.m. with refreshments provided.

Betsy DeFusco Artist Open | September 7 | 2-4 p.m.

The Gallery at Brent Warner Fest Hall at the German Village Society Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Artist Talk | Sept. 24 | 6 p.m. | Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Exhibit open through October 14

(M-F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sun. 12-3 p.m.)

August German Village Board of Trustees Minutes

August 20, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

Before Going To The Commission, Come View Your House Folder

August 20, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Sarah Marsom, Historic Preservation Advocate

Whether you are applying for a new addition, a patio area, or a new door, you might want to drop by the German Village Meeting Haus to explore your house folders.  The Meeting Haus archive includes folders on every single property in the German Village Historic District.  These folders vary in information, but they can include photographs, an Ohio Historic Property Survey, abstract title of information, old certificate of appropriateness and more.  Exploring the historic house folders can give you a glimpse into the past.

In addition to house folders, we have Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps which were originally created to estimate fire insurance risks.  These maps document the changes to properties- such as the size of lot, if an addition was built or when a shed was torn down- approximately every ten years.  The German Village Society has maps beginning in 1891.  These maps are sometimes crucial in the German Village Commission decision process.  A recent commission hearing led to the discovery that what was originally thought to be a mid-century addition on a cottage was actually constructed in the late 1800s!  Because of this find, the commission decided the proposed structural modifications needed to be reevaluated by the home owner and architect.  Even additions can potentially have historic value because of their age or why they were constructed.  Some additions in German Village were constructed to accommodate a home business, such as shoe repair.

Are you curious about the history of your property?  Do you want to make sure you have all of the facts to create a strong Certificate of Appropriateness application?  Email me at, call 221-8888, or drop by the Meeting Haus and I will help you explore your home’s history.

COA Pic 8.21

Do you recognize this corner?  This snippet of a Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from 1891, shows a different structure on the NW corner of Mohawk and Sycamore than is there today.  Fun things to notice: a “buggy shed” and the ‘stone caving yard”.

Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Now and Then…

August 20, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

- by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

A few days ago Jo Anne (LaVine) and her husband Don Corrigan who live in Florida stopped by the GVS Office with some family photos she wanted to donate. My immediate response is always “can you tie them to an address in German Village?” Her response was “of course, I was born here!”  She grew up at 605 S Third St, went to Stewart, Barrett, and was a 1952 Graduate of South High School.


She also included a photo of the owner of the automobile located behind her in the photo… her great-uncle John Waldschmidt.

What’s interesting is I already had a photo (below) of John in the very same car in the GVS Archives!


OK… for all you car buffs out there, it’s a 1938 Packard 120 Sedan.

But then it gets even more interesting… I also have another photo of an earlier automobile owned by John… a 1932 Pontiac Coupe… notice the horseshoe on the grill of the automobile.


The real kicker (horse pun intended) is that it was the Waldschmidt family that built the original building behind the horse, which at the time was a blacksmith shop.

Now for the real question of the day… can you identify the location of the building?

The first person to respond to will receive a poster printed in 1973 depicting buildings in Columbus as they were back then, including German Village!

Look for the weekly Tidbits!

Bis später!

Tidbits from the GVS Archives: German Village Property Files

August 13, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

You’ve probably heard by now we have in our Archives Collection a file on every property located within the footprint of German Village. Here’s a look back into our Property Files at a unique property.  Can you guess where it is? Better yet, can you identify the make of all four automobiles in the photo?





129 E Beck started out as a corner saloon with the angled steps inviting patronage from two directions. Anyone remember Silverman’s Grocery right next door?




Here’s what it looks like today!

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Tidbits From The GVS Archives: Then And Now

August 6, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

Here’s an interesting bit of neighborhood history…

1993 Jul/Aug GVS Newsletter p3


What intersection was this?
In 1881 these stone yard workers posed for an early photo.
(Could that be your lintel or front steps in the photo?)

The Lang Stone Company, now operating on West Sycamore Street, began business here.


Today, the building is now the studio of Sandy Kight, It is at the corner of Fifth and Jackson Streets.

Look for the weekly Tidbits!
Bis später!

American Institute Of Building Design Visits German Village

August 6, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Sarah Marsom, Historic Preservation Advocate

ExploreBeyond8.7 It is August, and the beautiful weather is bringing an abundance of visitors to the German Village Historic District.  On Wednesday July 30, I had the pleasure of guiding 50 people from the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) through the German Village Historic District.  As a part of the AIBD Annual Convention, the German Village tour was one of only two architectural tours offered (the other tour featured new construction in New Albany).  Instead of taking the designers, architects and engineers on a standard tour, they took an Explore Beyond the Door tour, which gave them the opportunity to go inside two different structures – 213 East Beck and St. Mary Catholic Church.  While visiting 213 East Beck, the visitors were able to ask questions to the homeowner, Vijaya Iyer, and while visiting St.Mary Catholic Church, the visitors had the opportunity to ask Father Lutz questions about the religious imagery in the art.  For out of town visitors, an Explore Beyond the Door tour creates a mini Haus und Garten tour experience – this tour allows them to see how contemporary or well-preserved the interior of someone’s home may be.  About 20 or so homes are currently on the list of Explore Beyond the Door tour home options, which allows me to modify the tour based upon the groups interest; some groups may want to see something flashy and contemporary while others are more interested in seeing an artist’s studio.

ExploreBeyond8.7-2Through the American Institute of Building Design choosing the German Village Historic District as one of their tour locations, it reinforces our national architectural importance.  Are you interested in letting your home be a part of the Explore Beyond The Door tour?  Or maybe you are interested in becoming a tour guide?  Please contact me at or 221-8888.

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