Inventory Of Historic Structures Underway In Columbus Area
Last November, bulldozers leveled a nearly 200-year-old cottage in Upper Arlington. The Hutchinson House was demolished to make room for luxury apartments. The incident sparked a move to identify other central Ohio historic structures before theyâre torn down. The leveling of the Hutchinson House was devastating, says the former director of the Upper Arlington Historical Society, Kate Kallmes. âYou would not believe how many people Iâve seen around town who have said to me, âOh weâre so sorry that you couldnât save the house.â And of course Iâm still devastated by it,â? Kallmes says. Soon after the demolition Kallmes began to inventory other little-known structures with historic value. âOne thing weâre doing is looking for pre-Civil War buildings in and around Upper Arlington. And then weâre also partnering with other community organizations so that if theyâre aware of something that hasnât crossed our radar theyâll let us know. And I think people are more aware now,â? Kallmes says. The historical society wants to keep other valuable buildings from being razed. Historian Ed Lentz says the destruction of certain historic structures is a significant loss. âWe are not only who we have been and how we have acted. We are also a reflection of what we have made and constructed over the years. And what we build is a reflection of us. Itâs hard to get a sense of who we are and who we might be if you donât have a sense of where youâve been. And thatâs why saving the best of the past is important,â?â Lentz says. The Hutchinson House was built in 1821. Two years later, a larger, more substantial home was built not far from what today is Greenlawn Cemetery. âWeâre standing in front of the Miner House on Eaton Street. I think this house is interesting because itâs the longest inhabited house in Central Ohio â¦ built in 1823.â? Lucy Wolfe is a realtor and photographer. Her photographs appear in the book âA Historical Guide to Old Columbusâ? published in 2012. As she worked on the bookâs illustrations, Wolfe developed an expertise for the cityâs historic structures. Wolfe knows stories of other lesser-known houses. One is the Carolyn Brown House on Livingston Avenue at Linwood in Columbusâ Old Oaks neighborhood. âShe was an indentured servant who was given money when her owner died to build a house in Columbus. It was built in about 1850 and was part of the Underground Railroad.â? The childhood home of World War One flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, at 1334 Livingston Avenue, is a national historic landmark. But, says Wolfe, the birthplace of one of Americaâs greatest golfers is less well known. â765 Kimball Place; thatâs where Louis and Helen Nicklaus were living in that house when their son, future golfing great Jack Nicklaus was born,â? Wolfe says. There are lots of historic structures in metropolitan Columbus. Ed Lentz, the executive director of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, says itâs impossible to save every relic of the past. But his organization does keep an eye out for historically significant buildings that might be lost. âPart of the task of people who are involved in preservation, history and so on, is to try to insure that the best of the past is not lost,â? Lentz says.