This page highlights before and after photos for past and present historic buildings.
**Last Updated: 7/23/2019- Under reconstruction.
Existing Historic Buildings
1. The Wyandotte Building: 21 W. Broad Street: 1898
2. Ohio State Capitol Building: 1861
3. Hayden-Clinton Bank Building: 22-26 E. Broad Street: 1869
4. Trinity Episcopal Church: 125 E. Broad Street: 1869
5. Columbus Athletic Club: 136 E. Broad Street: 1915
6. Benjamin Smith House: 181 E. Broad Street: 1856
7. St. Joseph’s Cathedral: 212 E. Broad Street: 1872
8. Franklin County Memorial Building: 280 E. Broad Street: 1902
9. Ohio State Life Insurance Building: 366 E. Broad Street: 1926
10. Broad Street Methodist Episcopal Church: 501 E. Broad Street: 1885
11. Baptist Temple: 583 E. Broad Street: 1898
1. The Central Ohio Paper Company Building: 226 N. 5th Street: 1918
1. Allen Thurman House: 513 E. Rich Street: 1884
1. Central Union Telephone Company Building: 33 N. 3rd Street: 1907
1. Residential House: 595 E. Town Street: Around 1870
2. Elzey Burkam House: 603 E. Town Street: 1890
3. Ruth Lantz House: 615 E. Town Street: 1875 and Residential House: 621 E. Town Street: 1873
Demolished Historic Buildings
1. Board of Trade Building: 30 E. Broad Street: 1889-1969: Demolished to begin construction of the Rhodes State Office Tower.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. Bishop’s Church House: 198 E. Broad Street: 1848-4/10/1949: Demolished by St. Joseph’s Church to build a new residence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
14. Thomas Johnson House: 368 E. Broad Street: Around 1870-1924: Demolished to build the Ohio State Life Insurance Company Building.
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.
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.
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.
18. Francis Sessions House: 478 E. Broad Street: 1840-1928: Demolished to build the Columbus Museum of Art.
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.
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.
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.
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.
22. William Rodgers House: 637 E. Broad Street: 1900-1962: Demolished for the construction of I-71. The site is now an onramp.
1. Andrew Dobbie Dry Goods Building: 130 S. High Street: Around 1900-1986: The building was demolished in preparation to build City Center Mall.
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.
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.
2. Washington Gladden House: 631 E. Town Street: Around 1880-1962: Demolished to build I-71.
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.
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.