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Annex building, others placed on historical society's list

Register of 'significant' structures in Old Clintonville could grow; CAC rep fights for former school

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Members of the Clintonville Historical Society have compiled a list of "significant buildings" in the older section of the neighborhood, President Mary Rodgers announced last week.

Clintonville had its beginnings with the arrival of the Thomas Bull Jr. family in 1812, and Rodgers said historical society officials have geographically defined "Old Clintonville" as the original Bull farm: 600 acres bounded by the Olentangy River to the west, Torrence Road to the north, the railroad tracks to the east and Weber Road to the south.

In keeping with its mission to "discover, collect and preserve" the history of Clintonville, Rodgers said she has reviewed historical records and created a listing of buildings in the Old Clintonville district that are significant to the community and therefore deserving of preservation.

This list, which Rodgers said is a work in progress with additions expected in future, includes at least one structure that is "endangered." That is the former Clinton Township High School, also known as the Annex, at 10 Clinton Heights Ave., on the site of Clinton Elementary School.

Newly elected Clintonville Area Commission District 3 representative Elizabeth "Libby" Wetherholt said via email late last week that she plans to make a motion regarding the former township school at her first meeting next Thursday, July 11.

She said the motion will recommend several people to serve on a special committee related to finding a new use for the building.

"I hope that the added publicity about the formation of the committee might give the citizens a boost in finding ways or groups who would be interested in the building and in finding uses that would be beneficial and/or compatible with Clinton Elementary's use parameters," she said.

Columbus City Schools officials have slated the old structure for demolition unless a community group takes it over, Rodgers said.

Commercial, public and institutional properties on the historical society list are:

* 3100 N. High St., originally the Clinton Chapel, built in 1838, now the home of Southwick, Good, Fortkamp Funeral Home.

* 14 W. Lakeview Ave., the old Clintonville Library, opened in 1929, now owned by the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center.

* 10 E. Como Ave., the Como Church, built in 1910 and predecessor to North Broadway United Methodist Church.

* 3055 Indianola Ave., the old Indianola Theater, established in 1938, now Studio 35.

* 3419 Indianola Ave., the Lawndale Telephone Exchange Building, established in 1928.

* 3450 Indianola Ave., Olympic Beach, established in 1938.

* 3560 N. High St., the first drive-up Kroger store, now Cover to Cover children's bookstore.

* 3397 N. High St., a former Isaly's Ice Cream Shop, now Greenleaf Vocational Services.

* 3347 N. High St., formerly Jimmy Kinnaird's Pharmacy, now Embassy Skateboard.

* 3325 N. High St., the current home of Longview Barber Shop, established in 1919 and continually operating as a barber shop since, making it Clintonville's oldest business.

* 10 Clinton Heights Ave., Clinton Township High School, built in 1904 and designed by architect David Riebel.

* 3701 N. High St., originally the offices of Dr. Alfred Smith, operated as a hospital for the area; now the Woodmansee Group LLC international executive search firm.

* 16 Oakland Park Ave., the former Oakland Park Motor Works, established in 1914, now Clintonville Auto Detailers.

* 3400 Calumet St., St. James Episcopal Church, established 1881.

* 3415 Milton Ave., established as a barn in the early 1900s and now home of All Detergent and Custom Coach Co.

Residential properties on the list are:

* 165 W. Como Ave., built in 1857 as the home of Howard Westervelt, great-grandson of Thomas Bull.

* 75 E. Lakeview Ave., built between 1880 and 1885 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

* 3338-3340 Wall St., the Chestnut House, built between 1872 and 1893. The brick home originally was built facing High Street but was turned when commercial buildings were constructed on the lot.

* 159 Clinton Heights Ave., home of A.B. Graham, founder of 4-H Clubs of America.

* 324 E. North Broadway, the Richard Berry Jr. House, built in 1924 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

* 318 Orchard Lane, the home of the Columbus Canoe Club, established in 1913.

* 285 Kenworth Road, Zinn family summer home, established in 1924.

* The East North Broadway Historical District, Clintonville's first formal housing subdivision, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

Rodgers said the society will work to "promote the history of these properties and, when necessary, will work to preserve these buildings for future generations."

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