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Friends of Schiller, We Swept It!

-by Katharine Moore, Chairwoman Friends of Schiller Park

In baseball, a double header is said to be swept if a team wins both games.  On October 10, The Friends of Schiller Park hosted a double header: we produced one fundraiser for men, a bourbon tasting called Kindred Spirits, and another for women at The Kitchen on Livingston Avenue, which was called Monograms & Martinis.

10.23M&M groupBoth were sold out.  Both were huge fun, and both raised money for the long list of maintenance projects in Schiller Park.  WE SWEPT IT!  The men drank bourbon from small distilleries in Kentucky, smoked cigars, and grazed on a buffet of southern fare provided by Side Car Global Catering.  The women shopped, noshed, and sipped at The Kitchen with perhaps a hair more decorum, but no less spirited support, of the most beloved 23 acres in Ohio.

The sponsors were beyond generous: Irvin Public Relations, Keny Galleries, The Kitchen, Sweetwater Brewing, Chris Crader, Spot Athletics, Tina and Randy Corbin, G. Michael’s Bistro, Layne Dreven, Niko’s Barbershop, Two Caterers, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nails by Denise, Denmark on High, Klean A Kar, Victoria’s Secret, Clark Creative, Uber, On Paper, Club 185, Philco, El Camino Inn, the Rossi Bar & Kitchen, and Ashley Stephens.  You know people are using their connections when Victoria’s Secret and Klean a Kar are both “in” for an event!

10.23KSChairsFOSPAnd the committees were amazing examples of groups that can work as hard as they play.  Kindred Spirits was organized by Kelly Clark, Bill Curlis, Chris Hartman, Bill Hugus, Nelson Heinrichs, Joe Kurzer, Bill Mains, Dan Murphy, Doug Preisse, and Jeff Tobin and was hosted, which means more than we can detail in this summary, by the very generous and goal-oriented Nelson Heinrichs.

Monograms & Martinis was driven by a collection of women who recognized that snorting with laughter in the privacy of one’s committee does, in fact, increase ticket sales!  Megan Burns, Brigid Butler, Jan Clark, Meghan Humphries Uckotter, Sarah Irvin, Sara McNealey, Carol Mullinax, Lisa Parks Godfrey, and Susan Sutherland launched a new tradition that was chic, unique, and instantly amazing.

10.23M&M linen stationThe bridge across Schiller pond is going to be refurbished, park benches will be repainted, and the bases of our light fixtures are going to be repaired, all because German Villagers understand that something as spectacular as Schiller Park doesn’t just happen.  It takes generosity, persuasive raffle ticket selling, sweat equity, ambitious fundraising, good humor, adult beverages, spirited auction bidding, and a willingness to dig in…into the dirt, into the mulch, and into the pockets of civic-minded, park-loving Friends.

October Board of Trustees Minutes

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N4N Oct. 16

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Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then and Now…

October 15, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

On Columbus Day, October 13, 2014, Jerrie Mock – the first woman to fly solo around the world, was inducted into the City of Columbus – Hall of Fame, located at City Hall. http://columbus.gov/HallOfFame/

I was reminded that a number of Columbus notables that are included in the

City of Columbus – Hall of Fame have “South End” German Village connections. Here are a few you might remember…

Eddie Rickenbacker – born 1890 in the family home on Pearl Alley just north of Sycamore. By the end of WWI, everyone in the South End had heard of the “Ace of Aces” and followed his exploits until his death in 1974.

Curtis Lemay – Graduate of South High School – longest serving four star General in America’s history, one time head of the Strategic Air Command, and as Commander of USAF Europe, he organized the Berlin Airlift in 1948 and in 11 months – 213,000 flights – brought 1.7 million tons of food supplies, and fuel to Berlin.

Hugh Dorrian – City Treasurer 1966 – City Auditor 1969 to the present. What’s the connection? Hugh is GVS Visitor Center Volunteer Nora Dorrian’s brother.

Jack Nicklaus – is the world’s winningest golfer… his mother Helen Schoener was born and raised in German Village, and his father Charles grew up on Gilbert St, east of Parsons.

James R. Truman – Founder of Columbus-based Red Roof Inns, their original headquarters were located at the S/E corner of Livingston and Fourth St… buildings that Jim had restored as an office complex. His corporate headquarters were located at 523 S Third St… Gottlob Reiner’s old family home. Jim was the owner of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Truesports Racing Team owner when Bobby Rahal won the 1986 Indianapolis 500, and designer of the Columbus 500 race track. One of his first business ventures after he moved to Columbus in the late 1960’s was Deibel’s.

Mel Dodge – Served as Director of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department from 1967 to 1985… a time that was crucial to the cooperative development between the City of Columbus and the German Village Society for Frank Fetch Park and the gardens and playground equipment at Schiller Park, home of the City’s first Oktoberfest held in1967.

Dave Thomas – Founder of Wendy’s… the connections is that all of the 45,000 original stained glass chandeliers that hung in the Wendy’s Restaurants across the country were made at Franklin Art Glass Studios.

Last, but not least…

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Frank Fetch 1899 – 1985 Frank Fetch, founder of the German Village Society and instrumental in the development of the German Village commission, is known locally, nationally and internationally as the “Father of German Village.”

By the 1950’s, the area that would someday be named German Village was designated by the City of Columbus as a “blighted” area, scheduled for demolition. Enter Frank Fetch, whose efforts led to formal recognition of German Village as a historic neighborhood deserving preservation and protection.

The resultant rebirth and rehabilitation enabled German Village to become a viable economic community and an international tourist attraction for the City of Columbus.

Thanks to the vision of Frank Fetch.

Click HERE for last week’s location answer…

Last week’s question was a good one…

This photo was taken from in front of the Sinclair Gas Station looking toward the intersection of two streets.

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The correct answer: the intersection of Whittier and Jaeger.

Congratulations to Jeff Stahler for providing the correct answer!

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Here is a shot out of a 1922 Sanborn map showing the station’s location. The gas station also appears on the 1951 Sanborn map. The photo I used, judging from the age of the automobiles is from either pre-war 1940-42 or post-war… mid-1940’s (some of the cars don’t have running boards… which started disappearing around 1940)

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Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then and Now…

October 8, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

Here is another one of my favorite photos from the GVS Archives… this photo was taken from in front of the Sinclair Gas Station looking toward the intersection of two streets.

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Can you guess the names of the two intersecting streets?

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

Click HERE for last week’s location answer…

Last week’s question was a good one…

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The photo was taken 1905-06… the Stadt Lindenau address was 133-137 Thurman, and Fred Chvatal’s Tailor shop was at 139-141 Thurman Ave.

The correct answer: it is now a parking lot at the corner of S Fourth and Thurman Ave.

Congratulations to Josh Miller for providing the correct answer!

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Oct. 7 Commission Agenda And Application Items

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October 7, 2014 GVC October agenda

Application 1 – 673 Mohawk Street Part A

Application 1 -673 Mohawk Street Part B

Application 1 – 673 Mohawk Street Part C

Application 1 -292 East Sycamore Street Part A

Application 1 -292 East Sycamore Street Part B

Application 1 -292 East Sycamore Street Part C

Application 1 -292 East Sycamore Street Part D

Application 2 – 585 City Park Avenue

Application 3 -704 706 Lazelle Street Part A

Application 3 -704 706 Lazelle Street Part B

Application 4 -49 East Sycamore Street

Application 5 -627 South Third Street Part A

Application 6 -250 252 Berger Alley

Application 7 -799 Jaeger Street Part A

Application 7 -799 Jaeger Street Part B

Application 8 -115 East Redbud Alley

Application 9 – 913 South Lazelle Street Part A

Application 9 – 913 South Lazelle Street Part B

Application 9 – 913 South Lazelle Street Part C

Application 9 – 913 South Lazelle Street Part D

Application 10 -778 South Sixth Street

Application 11 -615 South Fifth Street Part A

Application 11 -615 South Fifth Street Part B

Application 12 -130 East Sycamore Street Part A

Application 12 -130 East Sycamore Street PartB

Application 13 -177 East Whittier Street Part A

Application 13 -177 East Whittier Street Part B

Application 14 -577 Cedar Valley Part A

Application 14 -577 Cedar Valley Part B

Application 14 -577 Cedar Valley Part C

Application 15 – 227 Sycamore Street Part A

Application 15 – 227 Sycamore Street Part B

Application 16 -700 South Fifth Street

Application 17 – 799 Mohawk Street

Application 18 – 301 305 East SycamoreStreet Part A

Application 18 – 301 305 East Sycamore Street Part B

Application 19 – 200 East Sycamore Street

Application 20 – 136 Reinhard Avenue

Application 21 -649 Mohawk Street

Application 22 – 610 Mohawk Street Part A

Application 22 – 610 Mohawk Street Part B

Application 23 -117 East Deshler Avenue

Application 24 -275 East Beck Street

 

Windows and Weatherization

October 1, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

- by Sarah Marsom, Historic Preservation Advocate

WeatherWindowsUp to 25% of the heat in your home escapes through the windows, but replacing your historic windows with something new is not always the best solution. Many of the windows in German Village homes were originally custom made and fitted for their window frames.  So before you decide you want to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace your windows, why not explore some alternatives to improve the efficiency of your historic windows.

Option 1:  Install storm windows!   You can install storm windows on the interior of the home or on the exterior.  Storm windows provide an additional barrier between the elements outside and your home.  By installing exterior storm windows you are also preventing additional weather damage harming your original windows.

Option 2:  Repair your historic window and the window system.  Make sure your windows are properly sealed, caulked, and installed.  If your window is in the best condition possible, then it will provide the best insulation.

Option 3:  A large portion of historic windows were designed to be double hung with a system of weights and ropes.  Many of these weights and ropes have begun to sag or to break, which causes gaps between the window sashes and casing.  You can either repair the weighted rope system or you could possibly affix the upper sash and insulate the area where the weights hung.

Historic windows are inherently green and add to creating a sustainable home.  The energy used to create the windows, install them, and the materials utilized for the creation are all about of your home’s “embodied energy”.  If your windows are badly damaged beyond repair then it is imperative you replace them with windows that properly fit in the frame, otherwise they will not assist in minimizing heat loss.  Do you have any other questions about windows, weatherization, or preservation in general?  Contact me, Sarah Marsom, at 221-8888 or smarsom@germanvillage.com.

Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then and Now…

October 1, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

Having just spent 3 days working at the German Village Society’s booth at the 2014 Columbus Oktoberfest, I fielded any number of questions related to German ancestry and genealogy, folks whose families lived and worked in German Village for several generations, and a few wanted to know where can they learn to speak German. Some out-of-towners never even heard of German Village so I was happy to explain how one of our primary missions is to educate and promote historic preservation, and my favorite question of the event… did I know anyone who might need a tuba player!

Speaking of historic preservation… here is another photo from the GVS Property Files that speaks volumes for the cause of saving and preserving our architectural heritage.

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Can you guess what is at the current location now?

This is a tough one, so here’s a clue: this is the S/E corner of the only intersection located between City Park and Jeager, and the back of the property is the southernmost boundary of German Village… good luck!

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

Click HERE for last week’s location answer…

Last week’s question was a good one…

The correct answer was 525 S Fourth St… the location of Juergen’s Bakery-Restaurant for over 45 years!

Congratulations to Bob Jackson for providing the correct answer!

How Juergen’s looks today!

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Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then and Now…

September 24, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

Another great photo from the GVS Property Files, this time featuring a familiar business name that has been here in German Village for almost 50 years!

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Can you guess location of the building?

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

Click HERE for last week’s location answer…

Last week’s question was a good one…

Reiner”s Bakery location was indeed 541 S Third St… now Pistacia Vera!

Congratulations to Marianne Smith for providing the correct answer!

It was interesting to note that Gottlob Reiner and his wife Emelie lived just 3 doors north of the bakery at 523 S Third St (original bakery was located behind the house) from 1921 to 1968, and in the 1930’s and 40’s he also had a bakery sales location at Central Market.

Gottlob Reiner’s WWII Draft Registration Card

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Fred was his son…

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Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then and Now…

September 17, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

Another great photo from the GVS Property Files, this time featuring a favorite for decades… Reiner’s Bakery and Doughnuts!

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Can you guess location of the building?

(Note: even the small garage and house in the background are still there!)

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

Click HERE for last week’s location answer…

Last week’s question was a good one…

The location was 764 Mohawk St, now Teez Hair Salon. Congratulations to Michael Ebright for providing the correct answer!

Here are four different photos of the same building taken over the last 90+ years!

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