The city of Columbus last week received the Preservation Merit Award from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.

The city of Columbus last week received the Preservation Merit Award from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.

Columbus was recognized for its preservation and adaptive use efforts of the Lincoln Theatre, Seneca Hotel and the Buckeye Building, said Dan Williamson, spokesman for Mayor Michael B. Coleman.

The Lincoln Theatre, 751 E. Long St., was originally known as the Ogden Theatre when it was built in 1928. The theater was placed on the National Register of Historic places in 1992, but sat empty for nearly a generation.

In 2004, Coleman committed to revitalize the theater with the support of the city, Franklin County commissioners, Columbus Association for the Performing Arts and local business partners.

The $14-million renovation project was completed this spring.

The 15-story Buckeye Building, 36 E. Gay St., was once the headquarters of the Buckeye State Building and Loan Co. It was built in 1926 and was the center of commerce for many decades. The classical-revival style building sat vacant for many years but is now the home of the Residence Inn by Marriott and Concord Hospitality Enterprises Co.

The Seneca Hotel, 361 E. Broad St., sat vacant and blighted for many years before it was transformed into an 11-story apartment building. Built in 1919, the Seneca was regarded as one of the city's most luxurious hotels with glitzy suites, lavish ballrooms and a rooftop garden. It was placed on the National Register of Historic places in 1983.

The Seneca now houses 76 apartment units and retail space consisting of approximately 120,000 square feet.

The rehabilitation project for the Seneca, individually listed on the Columbus Historic Register, exceeded $20-million and utilized a combination of funds from the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit and Clean Ohio Revitalization Funds.

In addition, the Broad Street Methodist Church, 501 E. Broad St., received a Preservation Merit Award for an extensive rehabilitation of exterior masonry and stained glass throughout.