Historic Building Database- Hotel/Retail/Office/Mixed-Use




This new page will be similar to the residential database in that I will provide historic photos of buildings around the city, in this case those of an office/retail/hotel nature, along with current photos of the sites.

The following entries are organized as follows: Name of building, address, lifespan dates and reason for demolition, if applicable or known. A historic photo- when available- and a current photo are given.

**Last updated 3/26/2019- added 2 buildings.

**Total Buildings Featured: 7

Downtown Demolished

Broad Street
1. American Insurance Union Building: 40 W. Broad Street: 1905-1924: Demolished, along with all other buildings on the block) for the construction of the AIU Tower (later known as the LeVeque Tower).

Photo taken in 1915.


Photo taken in 2015.

High Street
1. The Hotel Star- 231 N. High Street- Dates for when it was built and when it was demolished are unknown. The building was just north of the Chittenden Hotel.

Photo taken ca. 1905 from Hickory Street facing west. Hickory Street used to run next to 231 N. High, but the Nationwide office complex eliminated the street on this block.


https://www.google.com/maps?q=231+N+High+St,+Columbus,+OH,+United+States&hl=en&ll=39.967143,-83.001591&spn=0.000012,0.005284&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=40.59616,86.572266&oq=231+N.+High&t=h&hnear=231+N+High+St,+Columbus,+Ohio+43215&z=18&layer=c&cbll=39.967004,-83.001568&panoid=r1nSs44j_Ec6SkexGPtsRQ&cbp=12,264.7,,0,-4.11

Third Street
1. Columbus Citizen Building: 34 N. 3rd Street: 1910-1961: Demolished to build what is now the Renaissance Hotel. It was the old home of the Columbus Citizen Journal, a competitor of the Columbus Dispatch.

Photo taken in 1919.


Photo taken in 2016.


2. Virginia Hotel: 48 N. 3rd Street: 1908-1961: Demolished to build what is now the Renaissance Hotel. It was originally built as apartments before converting to a hotel.

Photo taken in 1955.


Photo taken in 2016.

Downtown Existing

Long Street
1. The Atlas Building, aka The Columbus Savings and Trust Company Building- 2 E. Long Street- 1905

Photo taken ca. 1905-1910.


https://www.google.com/maps?q=231+N+High+St,+Columbus,+OH,+United+States&hl=en&ll=39.965144,-83.00121&spn=0.000012,0.005284&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=40.59616,86.572266&oq=231+N.+High&t=h&hnear=231+N+High+St,+Columbus,+Ohio+43215&z=18&layer=c&cbll=39.964931,-83.001239&panoid=SUOpFg7K8oTRoNMbDKeWWg&cbp=12,57.74,,0,-21.84

German Village Demolished

German Village Existing

High Street
1. Mixed-Use Building: 478-486 S. High Street: 1926: Originally built to include 8 apartments on the upper floors with storeroom space on the ground floor, it was eventually converted into offices. It is now the offices of the Ohio Water Department Authority with an address of 480-490 S. High.

Short North Existing

High Street
1. Mixed-Use Building: 717-721 N. High Street: 1927: Originally built as medical offices for nearby White Cross Hospital, it served many purposes over the years. Today it is retail with apartments on upper floors.

Photo taken in 1927.


Photo taken in 2018.