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October 30, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

Discovering House Histories

October 29, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Sarah Marsom, Historic Preservation Advocate

Have you ever been curious about the tidbits of history your home holds or explanations for unusual architectural elements?  The German Village Society has folders on every property in the historic district and also possesses Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.  Utilizing these materials, I can help you see how your property has evolved since 1891 (or maybe earlier).

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1901 Sanborn

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1922 Sanborn

When recently researching a property with a homeowner, we discovered something very interesting happened after 1901.  According to the Sanborn Maps, the property experienced a “facelift” between 1901 and 1922, with an entirely new façade being constructed and the front entry modified.  The structure most likely began as a typical German Village Italianate structure with a symmetrical façade and a setback entry.  As architectural styles changed and home owner needs evolved, it appears that between 1901 and 1922, the façade was modified to be more of an American Foursquare.  The homeowner got rid of the setback entry, made the façade flush, added a covered porch, and constructed the new façade with a different color of brick.  This change gave the structure an entire facelift and updated it to the contemporary fashions.

Once the Sanborn Maps revealed the evolution of the structure, it provided answers as to why the windows are asymmetrical and why there were two different kinds of brick on the exterior.  Finding out historical information can also lead to practical information, such as approximate age of certain doors and windows, which is important if you are applying to replace these elements.  Learning the history of your home is extremely important when you decide to alter the exterior.

Do you want to learn more about the history of your home; curious to see what architectural changes might have occurred on your property?  Email me at smarsom@germanvillage.com or call 221-8888 to set up an appointment.

Demolition Proposed For Third Street

October 29, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Sarah Marsom, Historic Preservation Advocate

Coming up on the agenda at the Nov. 11 German Village Commission meeting is a proposed demolition. I’ve been doing some research on the property and the process, and here’s what I’ve learned.

10.30Demolition-2Built sometime before 1891, the white 1 ½ story brick cottage at 799 South Third Street, has evolved greatly over the years- a porch was demolished, multiple additions added to the rear, and an auxiliary building was altered and eventually demolished.  In the early 20th century, the property experienced long-term owners with the Reidelbech family, who owned the property from 1914-1963.  Eventually, the property became a rental property and somewhere in this timeline, slowly fell into disrepair.  Vacated by tenants in the end of 2013, the building waited for a new homeowner to purchase the property.  The property was purchased by Jon Knitter this year (date of transfer 10/16/2014) with the hopes of a restoration.  Unfortunately, once rehabilitation began, the poor condition of the structure became shockingly more evident.

As part of the demolition application, the applicant is asked to perform a HABS survey of the structure.  HABS is an acronym for a Historic American Building Survey. When the applicant completes a survey of the structure, it allows an extensive documentation of the structural composition (materials, dimensions, stylistic features etc).  A HABS report ensures archival preservation of the structure.     A structural report of the property so far reveals: “back wall is also in danger of impending collapse,” the front wall is “unstable and near collapse,” and “persons entering the house risk injury.”  On October 22, the City of Columbus issued a Notice of Unsafe Building order for the property, because of the “structural deterioration and damage including a hole in the roof.”    Due to the condition of the structure, the homeowner has applied for a Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition.

10.30DemolitionThe German Village Commission, the Columbus Historic Preservation Office and the German Village Society understand the gravity of removing a structure from the historic district and want to ensure that you stay up to date with the most current information on the matter.   Please read the full reports and view images.  If you have any additional questions or comments you can email or call me at smarsom@germanvillage.com or 221-8888; you are also invited to attend the November 11, German Village Commission meeting where the demolition application will be reviewed.

 

Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then and Now…

October 29, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

Here are a few great photos of the Linkenheil Planing Mill Co that would have made the flooring, window and door trim, and just about any other wooden detail work needed for the construction of many of the homes and businesses in German Village.

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Can you guess the location or the name of the intersecting street and alley where this business was located?

Hint #1: The bottom right corner of the building diagram is the intersection of a street and an alley.

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 more location photo hints and last week’s location answer…

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Hint #2;

Across the street from the mill was located the Geo. M. Smith – Auto Tops, Seat Covers and Upholstery shop. (Today, the alley is a very popular “arts” venue in mid-July)

The correct answer for last week’s question: it is the intersection of Mohawk and Columbus… 780 Mohawk St.

Congratulations to Terri Dickey for providing the correct answer!

“Before and After” photos of the house remodeling in 1943!

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Lillian Smith, 1943, showing off the brand new “Insulbrick”!

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Bis später!

Tidbits from the GVS Archives: Then and Now…

October 23, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

-by Russ Arledge, Curator of Archives and Facilities

Here are a few great “Before and After” photos of a house remodeling in 1943!

Before…

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Can you guess the house number or 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 to see the “After” photo!

After…

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The tired, old wood siding was covered with Insulbrick, a popular product used in the 1930’s – 1960’s.

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Bis später!

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

October 16, 2014 by admin in News & Events with 0 Comments

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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Bis später!

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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Bis später!

Oct. 7 Commission Agenda And Application Items

October 3, 2014 by Mark Weiss in News & Events with 0 Comments

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

 

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