German Village is a living, breathing, walkable neighborhood with roots stretching back to the 1840s. German Village is not a living history museum, is not a separate city, and does not close at dusk. German Village is a neighborhood that manages to celebrate its storied past while making history in the present. People live here, work here, shop, dine, and stroll here (click here to learn how you, too, can Shop-Dine-Stroll). Above all else, German Villagers are neighbors with a spirit and fortitude like no other ~ Villagers welcome visitors each and every day with open arms and open doors. We’ve done it for nearly 200 years and we’ll continue doing it as long as we can.
The German Village Society (GVS) is a nonprofit, civic, and charitable association for anyone interested in making German Village a better place to simply be. The GVS works closely with the German Village Commission and fully supports the architectural review process in our beloved historic district ~ without these two entities working side by side over the last four decades, the German Village we know would not exist today. The Society’s Historic Preservation Committee is made up of volunteers interested in preservation advocacy and education. This committee serves as the closest link between the GVS and German Village Commission ~ it is a mission-centric standing committee of the Society and always welcomes new members!
German Village has a rock-solid history of lobbying for historic preservation initiatives, establishing strong partnerships with the City of Columbus, State of Ohio and National Trust for Historic Preservation, and celebrating our one-of-a-kind way of life, most recently with nods from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the American Planning Association. In 2007, German Village was designated as a Preserve America Neighborhood and in 2010 as a Great Neighborhood in America. These awards were welcomed feathers in our cap, but came as no surprise to anyone who knows German Village. If we are anything at all, it is a great neighborhood worth preserving.
The GVS has spoken at Columbus City Council meetings about the city’s Historic Preservation Office and the important work they do; we have fought for stronger police and parks budgets; we won a seat at the table for discussions with the Federal Highway Authority and the Ohio Department of Transportation about reconstructing I-70/71. Members of the German Village Society believe in the power of our voice. Geographically we are small (just 233 acres) but we are mighty. This Village has an unrelenting sense of community and civic pride, and because it is by sharing our roots that they become stronger, Villagers will strive to celebrate and share our history each and every day.