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Dec. 1 German Village Commission Agenda & Applications

November 25, 2015 by admin in News & Events

The final agenda will be added once completed.

160 Thurman-New windows

171 175 Livingston-Reconstruct bowing brick wall

203 Berger Alley-New dormer, clean masonry, remove stoop, remove cellar doors, replace fence

525 South Fourth – Conceptual review for Rockmill Brewery Tasting Room  – new fencing, new patio area, new signage, painting of shutters

553 Mohawk-New dormer

636 South Fifth-Rear addition

922 Mohawk-Conceptual review for curb cut and new garage

1047 City Park-Skylights

Memorial For Jerry Glick On Dec. 4

November 24, 2015 by admin in News & Events

IMG_2342-rThe friends and family of Jerry Glick will celebrate a life lived large and well on Friday, December 4 from 4:30 – 6:30pm with (what else but) a tailgate party in the Warner Fest Hall at the German Village Meeting Haus (588 S. Third Street).

Scott Heimlich has offered, in Scott Heimlich fashion, to provide the foundation of the buffet supper, and guests are invited to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Bring on your game day specialties! Beverages will be provided.

We will pay tribute to our beloved friend with remembrances at 5:15. Following the celebration, a parade of gratitude and good cheer will make its way to Frank Fetch Park for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 7:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the German Village Garten Club. The address is P.O. Box 6489, Columbus, Ohio 43206, or you may, of course, drop your contribution off at the Meeting Haus and they will be sure the Garten Club receives it.

Questions and/or additional thoughts? Feel free to contact Katharine Moore at 228-7441 or

Jerry Glick, Longtime GVS Volunteer & Mayor Of Frank Fetch Park Passes Away

November 22, 2015 by admin in News & Events

Our beloved Jerry Glick died peacefully last night.image1

The “too big to fail” theory says that certain entities are so large and so interconnected that their failure would be catastrophic to the greater system. And so it has seemed to us that Jerry’s heart was way too big to fail, even though he has been hospitalized for weeks in critical condition following a fall and surgery last month.

Jerry’s interconnections mean you may know him as the chairman of Friends of Frank Fetch Park, the volunteer in the Visitors’ Center who has welcomed guests and managed the phones weekly for almost thirty years, or as the host of one of the most storied and long-running tailgate parties in OSU history. He was known as “the very best tour guide in the state” and he organized the monthly police luncheons for interested and engaged neighbors.

We have a lot of things to sort out as we imagine our community without his optimistic activism, to include making arrangements for the memorial service that will take place after the holiday weekend.

We will keep you posted as those plans fall in to place. May our friend who worked so tirelessly for so long know a deep and restful peace.


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November 19, 2015 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

Time For Pre-Cold Home Repairs

November 18, 2015 by Mark Weiss in News & Events

-by Historic Preservation Advocate Sarah Marsom

Weather is finally dipping into the low 30s at night and soon weather will be below freezing. Freezing temperatures can exacerbate many home repair issues and cause an uncomfortable winter in your historic home. Here are some repairs to consider tackling before snow and ice make them impossible!

  • Sidewalks that have not been maintained become ice traps for everyone in the Village! Have a landscaper relay your sidewalk to improve drainage and assist in preventing ice accumulation. Ice will also exacerbate any cracks in bricks and may lead to a sidewalk repair that costs more in the future.
  • Clean your gutters! Leaves are falling at a rapid speed, so make sure to clean your gutters regularly to prevent any blockage or damage to the gutters.
  • It may be a cold winter with a lot of snow; trim dead branches to prevent them coming down during a winter storm.

Homes require regular maintenance, so make sure to put these items on your To-Do-List to ensure a peaceful winter. Email me at if you need any help with your home maintenance items.

GV Commission Tips!

November 18, 2015 by Mark Weiss in News & Events

-by Historic Preservation Advocate Sarah Marsom

Many German Village Commission meetings run long, but there is an easy way to avoid the wait – submit your applications in winter!

If you begin to plan your 2016 home improvement projects now, you can save yourself time and money. Winter Commission meetings are significantly shorter due to fewer applications, so if you submit during the winter months you will sit through a shorter meeting. And if your contractor is attending the meeting, you would be charged for fewer billable hours!

Winter months are also a wonderful opportunity to come before the Commission with a conceptual review! If you are considering an addition, extensive landscaping, a new garage, or any major property modifications, consider a conceptual review in the upcoming months. Planning a conceptual review in winter will allow work to begin immediately once snow melts.

Beginning the Commission process now will alleviate some of the stress that comes with home improvements. The next German Village Commission deadlines are December 22, to be heard on January 5 and January 19 to be heard on February 2. Do you need help understanding the guidelines or completing a COA application? Email me at or call 221-8888.

Board of Trustees November Minutes

November 18, 2015 by admin in News & Events

Successful Sidewalk Saturday!

November 11, 2015 by Mark Weiss in Feature Slider, News & Events

-by Historic Preservation Advocate Sarah Marsom

11.12Brick1 It is amazing what can be accomplished in one day when volunteers are willing and able to get a little dirty! Thanks to 20 volunteers led by Bello Giardino and Scholl’s Landscaping, two sidewalks were repaired to create a safer walking environment.

The two sidewalks were separated into Bricks 101 and Bricks 102. Both workshops tackled different issues, but both enjoyed a delicious lunch from Harvest Pizzeria provided in part by the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

At the Bricks 101 workshop at Jackson and Cedar, volunteers repaired a sidewalk with wide gaps between bricks. During brick removal, we discovered that at least a foot of the sidewalk was actually hidden under landscaping! We removed bricks, cleaned them, and then re-laid a beautiful herringbone pattern! Scholl’s Landscaping did a great job clearly explaining the right angles for draining and how to test a sidewalk after laying it to make sure there are no low spots where water may pool creating an ice hazard.

11.12Brick2Over on the 600 block of Grant, volunteers at the Bricks 102 workshop learned how to tackle a problematic tree. Bello Giardino taught volunteers how to safely remove part of a tree’s rooting system to avoid damaging a tree while removing sidewalk bump! We were able to remove glazed bricks (not approved by the German Village Commission) and create a common bond sidewalk that adds to the fun patchwork of sidewalk patterns along that block of Grant.

Bello Giardino also gave sidewalk attendees a great tip; have your sidewalk fixed in winter! If you contact Bello Giardino for landscaping in winter you could potentially save 10-20% off, because it is their slow months.

Hands-on sidewalk repair workshops are incredibly rewarding.  Homeowners appreciate the assistance, people enjoy learning new skills, and at the end of the day everyone enjoys the safer walkway.  We were able to fix 3 sidewalks in 2015, and I am excited to see how many we can fix in 2016! If you are interested in being a part of the sidewalk repair team or to potentially have us fix your sidewalk in 2016, please email me at

Glimpsing At PastForward

November 11, 2015 by Mark Weiss in News & Events

-by Historic Preservation Advocate Sarah Marsom

Guest speaker Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of the Interior, discussed interpreting diverse heritage stories at historic sites.
Guest speaker Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of the Interior, discussed interpreting diverse heritage stories at historic sites.

Every year the National Trust for Historic Preservation hosts PastForward, which is their annual conference. PastForward attracts upwards of 2,000 preservation professionals from around the country. Conference sessions range from pop culture preservation to tax credits to technology. In short, this conference covers every single type of interest one may have for saving the built environment.

This conference leaves me enthusiastic about the future of preservation in German Village. One of the conference highlights for me was a half-day workshop focused on the National Register of Historic Places. German Village is currently listed on the NRHP, but it is an incomplete listing due to it being an earlier nomination (1973; the NRHP began in 1966, with applications outside government not starting until 1969). As GVS launches an updated architectural inventory in January, thanks to a partnership with OSU, it is important that the data being collected aligns with the National Park Service’s standards for amending applications. The talked about what building modifications they consider harmful to historic integrity, what kind of tone to use in the narrative portion, when to include mapping, and more. All of these tips will create a strong amendment to our national recognition and ensure that the full spectrum of the neighborhood’s history is accounted for, which includes German immigration, German discrimination, pioneering preservation, and more.

History is continually improving thanks to new perspectives and further research, by participating in the PastForward conference I am able to bring these improvements to German Village to ensure we stay leaders in historic preservation. To view photos from the conference, visit German Village’s Instagram account or my personal page. Email if you have any questions about the National Register of Historic Places.

Newest Neighbor Embodies Spirit Of German Village Through Live Music, Local Art & Food

November 10, 2015 by Mark Weiss in Feature Slider, News & Events
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