Downtown




This page highlights before and after photos for past and present historic buildings. Click on a photo for a larger image.

**Last Updated: 9/11/2019

Existing Historic Buildings

Broad Street
1. The Wyandotte Building: 21 W. Broad Street: 1898

Photo taken in 190.1

Photo taken in 2018.

2. Ohio State Capitol Building: 1861
Photo taken in 1908.

Photo taken in 2018.

3. Hayden-Clinton Bank Building: 22-26 E. Broad Street: 1869
Photo taken in 1896.

Photo taken in 2018.

4. Trinity Episcopal Church: 125 E. Broad Street: 1869
Photo taken in 1889.

Photo taken in 2014.

5. Columbus Athletic Club: 136 E. Broad Street: 1915
Photo taken in 1915.

Photo taken in 2018.

6. Benjamin Smith House: 181 E. Broad Street: 1856
Photo taken in 1889.

Photo taken in 2018.

7. St. Joseph’s Cathedral: 212 E. Broad Street: 1872
Photo taken in 1955.

Photo taken in 2018.

8. Franklin County Memorial Building: 280 E. Broad Street: 1902
Photo taken in 1908.

Photo taken in 2018.

9. Ohio State Life Insurance Building: 366 E. Broad Street: 1926
Photo taken in 1926.

Photo taken in 2018.

10. Broad Street Methodist Episcopal Church: 501 E. Broad Street: 1885
Photo taken in 1901.

Photo taken in 2018.

11. Baptist Temple: 583 E. Broad Street: 1898
Photo taken in 1915.

Photo taken in 2016.

12. Benjamin Huntington House: 620 E. Broad Street: 1875
Photo taken in 1928.

Photo taken in 2018.

Fifth Street
1. The Central Ohio Paper Company Building: 226 N. 5th Street: 1918

Photo taken in 1919.

Photo taken in 2018.

Main Street
1. Acme Laundering Company Building: 454 E. Main Street: 1911

Photo taken in 1915.

Photo taken in 2018.

Park Street
1. Mixed-Use Building: 501 N. Park Street: Around 1890

Photo taken in 1964.

Photo taken in 2018.

Rich Street
1. Allen Thurman House: 513 E. Rich Street: 1884

Photo taken in 1900.

Photo taken in 2017.

Spring Street
1. Orr, Brown and Price Building: 49-51 W. Spring Street: 1912

Photo taken in 1916.

Photo taken in 2017.

Third State
1. Central Union Telephone Company Building: 33 N. 3rd Street: 1907

Photo taken in 1916.

Photo taken in 2018.

Town Street
1. Frederick Lazarus House: 380 E. Town Street: 1879

Photo taken in 1892.

Photo taken in 2016.

2. Abram Cohen House: 390-392 E. Town Street: 1886
Photo taken in 1912.

Photo taken in 2017.

3. Edwin Sharp House: 529 E. Town Street: 1885
Photo taken in 1915.

Photo taken in 2016.

4. David Gray House: 530 E. Town Street: 1850
Photo taken in 1892.

Photo taken in 2017.

5. William Halliday House: 539 E. Town Street: 1885
Photo taken in 1915.

Photo taken in 2016.

6. Residential House: 595 E. Town Street: Around 1870
Photo taken in 1960.

Photo taken in 2017.

7. Elzey Burkam House: 603 E. Town Street: 1890
Photo taken in 1964.

Photo taken in 2015.

8. Ruth Lantz House: 615 E. Town Street: 1875 and Residential House: 621 E. Town Street: 1873
Photo taken in 1962.

Photo taken in 2014.

Photo taken in 2017.

9. Belmont Apartments: 630 E. Town Street: 1925
Photo taken in 1925.

Photo taken in 2015.

Demolished Historic Buildings

Broad Street
1. Board of Trade Building: 30 E. Broad Street: 1889-1969: Demolished to begin construction of the Rhodes State Office Tower.

Photo taken in 1901.

Photo taken in 2017.

2. American Insurance Union Auditorium and Colonial Theater: 40-50 W. Broad Street: AIU Auditorium 1906-1924/Colonial Theater: 1909-1924: Both buildings were demolished in 1924 to make way for the new American Insurance Union tower, now known as LeVeque Tower.
Photo taken in 1915.

Photo taken in 2018.

3. Retail Building: 54 W. Broad Street: Before 1880-1924: Demolished to make way for the American Insurance Union Tower, now known as LeVeque Tower.
Photo taken in 1920.

Photo taken in 2018.

4. First Congregational Church: 74 E. Broad Street: 1857-4/18/1932: The church was demolished after a new, larger church was built at 444 E. Broad Street. The site has remained a parking lot since 1932.
Photo taken in 1901.

Photo taken in 2018.

4. John Deshler House: 86 E. Broad Street: 1860-1926: Demolished by the adjacent church for a parking lot. The parking lot remained until construction of the Key Bank building in 1964.
Photo taken in 1920s.

Photo taken in 2018.

5. Trinity House: 136 E. Broad Street: 1853-1913: This building was originally home to the Esther Institute, Columbus’ first boarding school for girls. It became the Trinity Espicopal parish house, or later known as Trinity House in the late 1860s. By 1912, the building was abandoned and deteriorating, so the Columbus Athletic Club members purchased the building as the site for their new club building. A sad note is that, during its demolition on December 24, 1913, part of the building collapsed onto two workmen, killing one instantly and injuring the second so badly he later died. The new Columbus Athletic Club was completed in 1915 and remains to the present day.
Photo taken in 1912.

Photo taken in 2018.

6. Wesley Chapel: 180 E. Broad Street: 1885-1/14/1936: It seems that financial problems during the Depression years and other complications ultimately were responsible for the end of this church. In September, 1935, the quarterly conference voted to abandon the building and have its members join other churches in the area. The plan was for almost immediate demolition for a gas station. The gas station lasted several years, but the site was mostly used for parking until the 1970s when the Borden Building was constructed in 1974.
Photo taken in 1901.

Photo taken in 2017.

7. Bishop’s Church House: 198 E. Broad Street: 1848-4/10/1949: Demolished by St. Joseph’s Church to build a new residence.
Photo taken in 1919.

Photo taken in 2015.

8. Edward F. Fisher Company Building: 213-215 E. Broad Street: Around 1900-1963: This central office of the funeral director business was located on East Broad until the company went out of business in 1961. The Ohio Education Association bought the building that year and would demolish it to build the current office building on the site. The current address is 225 E. Broad Street.
Photo taken in 1912.

Photo taken in 2018.

9. E.T. Mithoff House: 237 E. Broad Street: 1846-1948: The house was used for many years as the “Khaki Club”, a social gathering place for veterans. It was demolished to build an office building, but the site itself was largely used for parking. Later, the parking lot was used by the first Wendy’s restaurant. The site has been a small park since around 1990.
Photo taken in 1918.

Photo taken in 2016.

10. Henry Miller House and Duplex: 247-257 E. Broad Street: 1855-1870-1949: The home on the right was 247 E. Broad Street, the home of Henry Miller. At 255-257 E. Broad was the duplex they owned. Both buildings were likely built in the 1860s. It seems both properties likely survived until 1949, when construction of another building began. That building later became the original Wendy’s in 1969. Today it is The Catholic Foundation.
Photo taken around 1890.

Photo taken in 2018.

10. Elks Lodge #37: 250 E. Broad Street: 1915-1970: Demolished by Midland Mutual to create a plaza and green space for its new office building.
Photo taken in 1916.

Photo taken in 2018.

11. Alfred Kelley House: 282 E. Broad Street: 1838-1962: Demolished to build the Christopher Inn. The house was originally taken apart to later reconstruct at another location, but lack of funding eventually cancelled that project. Parts of the old mansion are now scattered at various locations across the state. The site is now a parking lot.
Photo taken in 1898.

Photo taken in 2018.

12. Central High School: 303 E. Broad Street: 1862-12/1928: The school was used until 1924, when the new Central High was completed on the Scioto Peninsula in Franklinton. It was briefly used as city offices for a few years before being demolished in 1928 by The Columbus Mutual Insurance Company. Under their ownership, the site had a gas station between roughly 1935 to 1941, when the gas station was demolished to build the current office building for Columbus Mutual. The office building was sold to Capital University in 1996.
Photo taken in 1911.

Photo taken in 2018.

13. Sells-Court Apartments: 310 E. Broad Street: 1904-1959: Demolished to build an office building, but the site was used as a parking lot until the mid-1990s when the current OSERS Building was constructed.
Photo taken in 1918.

Photo taken in 2018.

14. Thomas Johnson House: 368 E. Broad Street: Around 1870-1924: Demolished to build the Ohio State Life Insurance Company Building.
Photo taken in 1901.

Photo taken in 2018.

15. Charles Hunter House: 383 E. Broad Street: Around 1890-1930: This house was demolished to build the single-story retail and office building that currently occupies the site. The building has been modified many times.
Photo taken in 1897.

Photo taken in 2018.

16. Joseph Outhwaite House: 447 E. Broad Street: Around 1880-Around 1950: Demolished for unknown reasons. The current building on the site wasn’t constructed until 1955.
Photo taken in 1901.

Photo taken in 2018.

17. John Joyce House: 471 E. Broad Street: 1880-1938: The house was bought by Motorists Mutual Insurance in 1937 and was quickly demolished to make way for their new offices. Those offices were demolished in 1972 to build the current office building.
Photo taken in 1889.

Photo taken in 2018.

18. Francis Sessions House: 478 E. Broad Street: 1840-1928: Demolished to build the Columbus Museum of Art.
Photo taken in 1889.

Photo taken in 2018.

19. John Lilley House: 485 E. Broad Street: 1874-8/13/1931: The house was demolished to expand Broad Street United Methodist Church. The actual site of the house, however, is largely vacant green space.
Photo taken in 1897.

Photo taken in 2018.

20. Clinton Firestone House: 580 E. Broad Street: 1887-February, 1962: The Firestones only lived in the house until 1913. It served as offices for a few insurance companies until 1960. The story of its demolition seems somewhat muddy. It was occupied by Buckeye Union Casualty Company until 1960. It seems that the house was then sold to a company called 580 East Broad Inc., which demolished the house in early 1962 with plans to build a “general office building”. However, that office building never seems to have been built for some reason, and by 1964, ownership of the site had reverted back to Buckeye Union. Buckeye Union then sold it again the following year. The site has been a parking lot since the demolition.
Photo taken in 1915.

Photo taken in 2018.

21. John Deshler House: 584 E. Broad Street: 1888-1980: The home was demolished to build the single story automotive building that currently occupies the site.
Photo taken in 1901.

Photo taken in 2018.

22. Oscar Peters House: 600 E. Broad Street: Around 1885-1936: Unknown reason for demolition. The site has served as a used car lot since at least the 1940s.
Photo taken in 1889.

Photo taken in 2018.

22. William Rodgers House: 637 E. Broad Street: 1900-1962: Demolished for the construction of I-71. The site is now an onramp.
Photo taken in 1901.

Photo taken in 2018.

Gay Street
1. Michael Harding House: 320 E. Gay Street: 1893-1962: Demolished for unknown reasons, but the site has remained a parking lot.

Photo taken in 1959.

Photo taken in 2017.

2. John Gillivan House: 426-428 E. Gay Street: 1888-1970: Demolished for a parking lot. Today, the site is part of the Columbus College of Art and Design campus.
Photo taken in 1962.

Photo taken in 2017.

High Street
1. Andrew Dobbie Dry Goods Building: 130 S. High Street: Around 1900-1986: The building was demolished in preparation to build City Center Mall.

Photo taken in 1919.

Photo taken in 2018.

2. Odd Fellows Temple: 198 S. High Street: 1870-1936: Demolished after a large fire on 2/19/1936.
Photo taken in 1898.

Photo taken in 2015.

3. Hoover Rowlands Furniture Building: 208 S. High Street: 1906-Around 1975: Demolished for a parking lot. The parking lot remained until the construction of City Center Mall and is now the site of HighPoint at Columbus Commons.
Photo taken in 1915.

Photo taken in 2015.

4. Beggs Building: 250 N. High Street: 1905-Around 1948: The building seems to have been incorporated into Nationwide offices in 1948, but due to the drastic changes, it should be considered demolished.
Photo taken in 1913.

Photo taken in 2018.

5. George Foster House: 347 S. High Street: Around 1840-1885: Demolished for a mixed-use building that was later demolished in 1973. The site remained a parking lot until the Franklin County Courthouse was built in 2008.
Photo taken in 1898.

Photo taken in 2015.

Spring Street
1. Jones, Witter and Company Building: 74-82 E. Spring Street: Around 1889-1968: Demolished for a parking lot that still exists.

Photo taken in 1901.

Photo taken in 2018.

2. Mixed-Use Building: 131 E. Spring Street: Around 1910-1979: Demolished for a parking lot that remains to the present day.
Photo taken in 1962.

Photo taken in 2017.

3. Newton Lantz House: 579-585 E. Spring Street: Around 1895-1996: Demolished by Columbus State for parking.
Photo taken in 1959.

Photo taken in 2018.

State Street
1. The American Art Film Company Building: 344 E. State Street: Around 1870-1923: The building was originally a single family home before being used as offices, including for the AAFC, through the early 1920s. It was demolished to construct the Charminel Hotel. Today, the site is a parking lot for Grant Medical Center, as the Charminel was demolished by the hospital in the mid-1990s.

Photo taken in 1915.

Photo taken in 2017.

Third Street
1. Augustus Whiting House: 66 S. 3rd Street: 1841-1930: Demolished for new development, but that only lasted until 1953. That year, Ohio Federal Savings and Loan tore down the building and built the existing building on the site.

Photo taken in 1897

Photo taken in 2016.

Town Street
1. Samuel Brubaker House: 513 E. Town Street: 1883-1963: The house in the old picture was originally much smaller, but was greatly expanded in a 1904 renovation. The house was demolished to build other development on the site, but it doesn’t appear that it was all that substantial. Today, the site is vacant grass.

Photo taken in 1904.

Photo taken in 2017.

2. Tod Galloway House: 553 E. Town Street: 1852-1966: Demolished to build the existing office building.
Photo taken in 1962.

Photo taken in 2017.

3. Washington Gladden House: 631 E. Town Street: Around 1880-1962: Demolished to build I-71.
Photo taken in 1962.

Photo taken in 2018.

Water Street (Marconi Boulevard)
1. Residential Building: 309-311 Water Street: Before 1870-Before 1951: The exact dates of existence for this building is unknown. From historic maps, we know that it was gone before 1951, but was still there for sure as late as 1930 given the photo date. As for when it was built, the style suggest sometime during the 1860s. Other than possible poor condition, it’s unknown why it was demolished. The site stayed a parking lot until the development of the Arena District in the late 1990s.

Photo taken October 12, 1930.

Photo taken in 2018.

2. Residential Building: 313-315 Water Street: Before 1870-Before 1951: The exact dates of existence for this building is unknown. From historic maps, we know that it was gone before 1951, but was still there for sure as late as 1930 given the photo date. As for when it was built, the style suggest sometime during the 1860s. Other than possible poor condition, it’s unknown why it was demolished. The site stayed a parking lot until the development of the Arena District in the late 1990s.
Photo taken October 12, 1930.

Photo taken in 2018.