The Short North




Here are all the before and after photos for historic buildings in the Short North. This includes, among others, the neighborhoods of Italian Village, Victorian Village and Harrison West.

**Last Updated: 12/6/2019- added buildings to Neil, Goodale and Dennison.

Existing Historic Buildings

Buttles Avenue
1. John Sater House: 114 Buttles Avenue: 1896

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2017.


2. Saul Levy House: 122 Buttles Avenue: 1897

Photo taken in 1982.


Photo taken in 2017.


3. Joseph Schoene House: 130 Buttles Avenue: 1896

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2017.


4. Charles Stribling House: 140 Buttles Avenue: 1895

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2017.


5. Robert Thompson House: 182 Buttles Avenue: Around 1895

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2017.

Dennison Avenue
1. Residential House: 633 Dennison Avenue: Around 1905

Photo taken in 1963.


Photo taken in 2019.


2. Residential House: 641 Dennison Avenue: Around 1905

Photo taken in 1958.


Photo taken in 2019.


3. Howard Ensminger House: 645 Dennison Avenue: Around 1905

Photo taken in 1961.


Photo taken in 2019.


4. Rodney Gregg House: 725 Dennison Avenue: 1880

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2017.


5. Peter Sells House: 755 Dennison Avenue: 1894

Photo taken in 1900.


Photo taken in 2018.


6. William Fish House: 773 Dennison Avenue: 1890

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2019.

Fifth Avenue
1. James Puntenney House: 83 W. 5th Avenue: 1890

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2019.


2. Bryant Griffith House: 299 W. 5th Avenue: 1895

Photo taken in 1975.


Photo taken in 2016.


3. William Hoyer House: 350 W. 5th Avenue: Around 1900

Photo taken in 1975.


Photo taken in 2017.


4. Linnie Shaw House: 421 W. 5th Avenue: Around 1900

Photo taken in 1975.


Photo taken in 2018.

First Avenue
1. Residential House: 119-121 W. 1st Avenue: 1903

Photo taken in 1963.


Photo taken in 2014.


2. Charles Staley House: 522 W. 1st Avenue: Around 1900

Photo taken in 1984.


Photo taken in 2017.

Hamlet Street
1. Benjamin James House: 729-731 Hamlet Street: Around 1880

Photo taken in 1961.


Photo taken in 2017.


2. Residential House: 778-780 Hamlet Street: Around 1905

Photo taken in 1958.


Photo taken in 2017.


3. John Naddy House: 779-781 Hamlet Street: Around 1880

Photo taken in 1964.


Photo taken in 2015.


4. Residential House: 782-784 Hamlet Street: 1906

Photo taken in 1972.


Photo taken in 2014.


5. Thomas Kuhn House: 807 Hamlet Street: Around 1880

Photo taken in 1959.


Photo taken in 2017.


6. Albert DeWitt House: 809 Hamlet Street: Around 1880

Photo taken in 1959.


Photo taken in 2017.


7. Horace Gowdy House: 819 Hamlet Street: Around 1885

Photo taken in 1961.


Photo taken in 2014.


8. Mary Kearins House: 823-825 Hamlet Street: Around 1905

Photo taken in 1962.


Photo taken in 2014.


9. Robert Lilley House: 828 Hamlet Street: Around 1885

Photo taken in 1960.


Photo taken in 2017.


10. Levi Kelley House: 838 Hamlet Street: Around 1885

Photo taken in 1956.


Photo taken in 2014.


11. Charles Doty House: 844-846 Hamlet Street: Around 1880

Photo taken in 1955.


Photo taken in 2018.


12. Residential House: 1037 Hamlet Street: Around 1910

Photo taken in 1955.


Photo taken in 2017.


13. Otto Gerber House: 1056 Hamlet Street: 1889

Photo taken in 1955.


Photo taken in 2015.

Highland Street
1. Stephen Carhard House: 1050 Highland Street: 1875

Photo taken in 1963.


Photo taken in 2014.


2. Albert Hall House: 1051 Highland Street: Around 1885

Photo taken in 1972.


Photo taken in 2010.

High Street
1. Ohio Auto Sales Company Building: 772-776 N. High Street: 1914

Photo taken in 1915.


Photo taken in 2017.


2. Greystone Court Apartments: 815 N. High Street: 1907

Photo taken around 1920.


Photo taken in 2016.


3. Mixed-Use Buildings: 1201-1207 N. High Street: Between 1900-1910

Photo taken in 1945.


Photo taken in 2016.

Hunter Avenue
1. Charles Temple House: 919 Hunter Avenue: 1890

Photo taken in 1957.


Photo taken in 2019.


2. John Van Meter House: 961 Hunter Avenue: 1888

Photo taken in 1960.


Photo taken in 2014.


3. Miles McGowan House: 965 Hunter Avenue: 1887

Photo taken in 1963.


Photo taken in 2019.


4. Andrew Greener House: 969 Hunter Avenue: 1888

Photo taken in 1955.


Photo taken in 2017.


5. John Peyton House: 978-982 Hunter Avenue: 1887

Photo taken in 1958.


Photo taken in 2017.


6. William Ingram House: 1016 Hunter Avenue: 1893

Photo taken in 1957.


Photo taken in 2014.

Kerr Street
1. Delno Warden House: 812 Kerr Street: Around 1880

Photo taken around 1980.


Photo taken in 2017.

Neil Avenue
1. Neil Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church: 618 Neil Avenue: 1890

Photo taken in 1915.


Photo taken in 2018.


2. Peter Hess House: 682 Neil Avenue: 1896

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2017.


3. Frank Dean House: 698 Neil Avenue: 1898

Photo taken in 1965.


Photo taken in 2017.


4. John Davie House: 736 Neil Avenue: 1890

Photo taken in 1963.


Photo taken in 2017.


5. Charles Kinney House: 754 Neil Avenue: 1896

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2014.


6. George Barrett House: 768 Neil Avenue: 1893

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2017.


7. Dan Danehy House: 772 Neil Avenue: 1880

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2017.


8. Charles Frankenberg House: 851 Neil Avenue: Around 1895

Photo taken in 1943.


Photo taken in 2017.


9. Residential House: 913 Neil Avenue: 1897

Photo taken in 1970.


Photo taken in 2019.


10. John Lloyd House: 957 Neil Avenue: 1895

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2014.


11. John Rogers House: 1045 Neil Avenue: Around 1895

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2015.


12. Amos Solomon House: 1100 Neil Avenue: 1897

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2017.


13. Edson Emrick House: 1126 Neil Avenue: 1895

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2017.


14. Leonard Gribbon House: 1164 Neil Avenue: 1893

Photo taken in 1963.


Photo taken in 2017.


15. George Mooney House: 1192 Neil Avenue: 1918

Photo taken around 1980.


Photo taken in 2017.


16. Lewis Sells House: 1223 Neil Avenue: 1898

Photo taken in 1962.


Photo taken in 2019.


17. Alfred Conklin House: 1237 Neil Avenue: 1893

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2014.


18. John Millsom House: 1255 Neil Avenue: 1882

Photo taken in 1964.


Photo taken in 2010.


19. Charles Eckert House: 1260 Neil Avenue: 1895

Photo taken in 1896.


Photo taken in 2017.


20. Robert Caldwell House: 1265 Neil Avenue: 1893

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2017.

Poplar Street
1. Cornelius Cummins House: 248 W. Poplar Street: 1891

Photo taken in 1957.


Photo taken in 2017.

Second Avenue
1. Residential Building: 252-260 E. 2nd Avenue: Around 1900

Photo taken in 1964.


Photo taken in 2018.

Third Avenue
1. Residential House: 72 E. 3rd Avenue: Around 1900

Photo taken around 1980.


Photo taken in 2017.

Warren Street
1. Ella Loudenslager House: 49-51 E. Warren Street: Around 1890

Photo taken in 1962.


Photo taken in 2017.


2. Margaret Holt House: 65-67 E. Warren Street: Around 1905

Photo taken in 1959.


Photo taken in 2016.


3. Eva Mays House: 102-104 E. Warren Street: Around 1890

Photo taken in 1966.


Photo taken in 2014.


4. Nathan Munshower House: 134 E. Warren Street: Around 1890

Photo taken in 1958.


Photo taken in 2018.


5. Residential House: 160-168 E. Warren Street: 1889

Photo taken in 1958.


Photo taken in 2017.

Demolished Historic Buildings

Buttles Avenue
1. Harvey Reed House: 64 Buttles Avenue: 1896-1972: Unknown reasons for demolition, but a fire in 1964 may have played a role in its eventual demise. The site is now the side yard of 76 Buttles.

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2018.


2. Theophilus Rees House: 106 Buttles Avenue: Around 1890-Around 1968: Unknown reasons for demolition. The site was vacant until 2004.

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2014.

Dennison Avenue
1. Elah Terrell House: 749 Dennison Avenue: 1888-1947: Unknown reasons for demolition, but it may have been to expand the side yard of the Peter Sells house at 755 Dennison.

Photo taken in 1889.


Photo taken in 2019.

Fifth Avenue
1. Residential House: 117 W. 5th Avenue: Around 1890-1967: This home was demolished to expand the school and facilities of what is today the Thompson Recreation Center and park.

Photo taken in 1963.


Photo taken in 2018.


2. Residential House: 269 E. 5th Avenue: Around 1905-1962: Demolished to build the existing office building.

Photo taken in 1960.


Photo taken in 2018.


3. Residential Building: 381-387 W. 5th Avenue: Around 1905-Around 1978: Demolished for unknowns reasons. The current apartment block went up in 1984.

Photo taken in 1975.


Photo taken in 2018.


4. Residential House: 389 W. 5th Avenue: Around 1895-Around 1978: Demolished for unknowns reasons. The current apartment block went up in 1984.

Photo taken in 1975.


Photo taken in 2017.


5. Residential House: 421 W. 5th Avenue: Around 1895-Around 1978: Demolished for unknown reasons. The site remains vacant.

Photo taken in 1975.


Photo taken in 2018.


6. Residential House: 439 W. 5th Avenue: Around 1900-Around 1978: Demolished for unknown reasons, but condition likely played a role. The site remains vacant.

Photo taken in 1974.


Photo taken in 2017.

Fourth Avenue
1. Frederick Dunning House: 378-380 W. 4th Avenue: 1893-1981: Unknown reasons for demolition, but probably to build the new home on the site, which was completed in 1982.

Photo taken in 1964.


Photo taken in 2014.


2. Charles Reasoner House: 443 W. 4th Avenue: 1891-1987: Demolished by the city for unknown reasons, but probably due to condition. The site is now part of Harrison West Park.

Photo taken in 1964.


Photo taken in 2017.

Goodale Street
1. Alex Neil House: 149-151 W. Goodale Street: 1889-1962: Demolished to build I-670. The site is vacant space today.

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2019.

Hamlet Street
1. Grant Hearing House: 811 Hamlet Street: Around 1885-1986: Demolished due to poor condition. A new house was built on the site in 1999.

Photo taken in 1959.


Photo taken in 2017.


2. Residential House: 1036-1038 Hamlet Street: Around 1890-1962: Although the old and new house look pretty similar, the original was torn down for unknown reasons. The new home went up in 2003.

Photo taken in 1955.


Photo taken in 2014.


3. William Innskeep House: 1058 Hamlet Street: 1891-Around 1968: Unknown reasons for demolition. The site is now part of 1062 Hamlet.

Photo taken in 1961.


Photo taken in 2015.

High Street
1. Ephraim Sells House 771 N. High Street: 1887-5/17/1966: The build date is somewhat disputed. Photos of the home say 1887, but a Dispatch article says it was built in 1834. Either way, sometime after Ephraim’s death in 1898, it became an Eagles Lodge. It was demolished to build a car lot for then Winders Chevrolet after the Eagles sold it in 1965. The parking lot remained until the current mixed-use building went up in 2003. The original home address was 655 N. High.

Photo taken in 1928.


Photo taken in 2018.


2. John Hughes House: 941 N. High Street: 1870-1928: Demolished to build the current building.

Photo taken in 1892.


Photo taken in 2017.

Hunter Avenue
1. Thomas Foster House: 1020 Hunter Avenue: Around 1900-Around 1965 for a parking lot that remains to the present day.

Photo taken in 1958.


Photo taken in 2019.


2. Residential House: 1036 Hunter Avenue: 1899-Around 1965: Demolished for a parking lot that remains to the present day.

Photo taken in 1963.


Photo taken in 2019.


3. Howard Spielman House: 1040 Hunter Avenue: Around 1895-Around 1965: Demolished for a parking lot that remains to the present day.

Photo taken in 1962.


Photo taken in 2019.

Park Street
1. George Peters House: 632 N. Park Street: 1873-1924: Demolished to build the United Commercial Travelers building, which still exists.

Photo taken in 1889.


Photo taken in 2018.


2. William Neil House: 664 N. Park Street: 1875-1967: Demolished for unknown reasons. The home served as various hospitals and medical facilities beginning with Parkview Sanitarium in 1902. The site remained vacant until Victorian Gate was constructed in 1994.

Photo taken in 1905.


Photo taken in 2018.


3. The Protestant Hospital and Ohio Medical University: 700 N. Park Street: 1896-1970: The very early predecessor of Riverside, this hospital was demolished after several years of abandonment when the hospital moved out in 1958. The site remained a parking lot until 1994.

Photo taken in 1908.


Photo taken in 2018.

Pennsylvania Avenue
1. Residential House: 915-917 Pennsylvania Avenue: Around 1910-1962: Demolished as part of a massive “slum clearance” project that wiped out almost every building southwest of 1st Avenue and Neil west to the Olentangy and south to where I-670 is now. Pennsylvania Avenue, which once extended south to Spruce Street, also ceased to exist south of 1st. In the recent photo, the location of the home was behind the current building face the opposite direction.

Photo taken in 1954.


Photo taken in 2017.


2. Douglas Hayes House: 1256-1258 Pennsylvania Avenue: Around 1890-1983: Demolished to build the existing apartment complex.

Photo taken in 1964.


Photo taken in 2015.

Poplar Street
1. Minnie Farrington House: 253-255 W. Poplar Street: Around 1900-1970: Demolished to build the gas station that remains on the site.

Photo taken in 1961.


Photo taken in 2017.

Second Avenue
1. Residential Building: 79 W. 2nd Avenue: Around 1900-1974: Unknown reason for demolition. Today the site is used as a parking lot.

Photo taken in 1964.


Photo taken in 2014.


2. Residential House: 168 W. 2nd Avenue: Around 1890-Around 1970: Demolished for unknown reasons. The site remained vacant until 2016.

Photo taken in 1964.


Photo taken in 2017.


3. Fred Rickey House: 216-218 W. 2nd Avenue: Around 1890-1975: Demolished for unknown reasons, but the site had other development by the mid-1980s.

Photo taken in 1964.


Photo taken in 2017.


4. Treat Ford House: 542 W. 2nd Avenue 1893-Before 1921: Demolished for unknown reasons. The date of demolition is somewhat a mystery. Old maps show the house was gone before 1921 at that address. However, addresses changed during the late 19th-early 20th century, so it’s possible it was another address at one time. A house at 520 W. 2nd looks suspiciously similar, but I could find no record of the Ford family ever living there. Assuming 542 is the right address, the home was demolished within 20 or so years of construction, suggesting a possible fire. A new house didn’t go on the site until 1994.

Photo taken in 1897.


Photo taken in 2018.