Upper Arlington News

Historic home in UA to be razed Nov. 20


Officials from the Upper Arlington Historical Society said they won’t be able to save the 192-year-old Hutchinson house from demolition.

UAHS President Charlie Groezinger said developers have indicated the Hutchinson House at 5292 Riverside Drive will be demolished sometime Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Groezinger couldn’t confirm at what time the demolition will take place, and a call for comment from Preferred Living, which is building a four-story, 256-apartment project on 9.8 acres near the corner of Riverside Drive and Bethel Road, wasn’t immediately returned.

“The house is scheduled to be demolished tomorrow,” Groezinger said. “There’s not much left to do.

“We lost the battle. In all honesty, it was a very longshot.”

The Hutchinson House dates back to 1821 when Revolutionary War veteran Amaziah Hutchinson began its construction. He died in 1823, before the stone house was completed, but his son, Amaziah Hutchinson Jr., took up the project and completed it later that year, according to the historical society.

It's been sitting near the corner of what now is Riverside Drive and Bethel Road ever since, making it one of the oldest homes in Franklin County and one of the few still standing that's affiliated with a Columbus-area Revolutionary War veteran.

The property was annexed by Upper Arlington this year from Perry Township.

UA Historical Society officials weren’t notified the home would be razed until the city issued a demolition permit to Preferred Living on Nov. 1.

The company held off the work for nearly three weeks, while preservationists scrambled to determine if the home could be relocated.

“Winter is coming,” Groezinger said. “(Preferred Living) has to keep moving.

“We keep asking for six weeks and that’s just too long.”

Groezinger said the historical society hopes to collect some of the stone from the home. He added that Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department officials have pledged to store the materials for the time being.

“We’re trying to get just a bit of it so we can put something up in a park … to at least save something,” he said. “It’s just unfortunate we won’t be able to show kids more about how these homes were built.

“I’m just sorry we lost a 192-year-old house.”