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Old August 27th, 2009, 04:18 AM   #1
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Victorian Village is a neighborhood located north and near west of downtown Columbus, Ohio, USA. It is an older area with a fair number of established trees for an urban setting. Neil Avenue, a street running north/south and eventually crossing through the campus of The Ohio State University, is its main thoroughfare.

Most of the houses within the village were originally built in the early 1900s, when a streetcar line ran through that part of town. Some of the wealthier citizens wished for a location convenient to the train, so residences quickly sprang up in the area. Today some of the homes have been split into rented apartments, while others remain as historical landmarks. Still others have since been purchased and restored to their original style.

The neighborhood, along with nearby Short North, is considered a gay village. Many of the homes are owned by same-sex couples, contributing to the diversity of the neighborhood. Gay gentrification was instrumental in the redevelopment of Victorian Village after the area declined in the 1960s and 1970s. The area has an architectural review commission to oversee renovations and ensure that the neighborhood retains its character.

Once a year, usually in September, the community holds an annual Parade of Homes event, with approximately a dozen houses opening their doors for people to walk through and admire. The night before, an additional "bonus" house not on the general public's list is toured as part of a fundraiser for the area. Dinners served in local restaurants, and occasionally individuals' homes, also support it.


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Brewery District

The Brewery District is a neighborhood located in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Located just south of the central business district, the area has a history stretching nearly 200 years. It is bounded by Interstate 70 on the north, Pearl Street on the east, Greenlawn Avenue on the south, and the Scioto River on the west. The first brewery was opened by German immigrant Louis Hoster in 1836. At the height of its success, there were five breweries located in the area. As the years passed, consolidation of the breweries took place. However, the market went south when in 1919 the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) was approved. The area declined, becoming home to some industry and warehouses. In recent years, redevelopment has taken place on a large scale, with numerous restaurants, bars, and even a grocery store coming to the area. The radio station CD 101 also calls the district home.

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German Village

In 1796, Congress appropriated the Refugee Lands for individuals who had supported the Colonial cause in the American Revolution. By 1802, an American Revolution veteran named John McGowan claimed 328 acres, most of what would become the German Village. As German immigrants arrived, McGowan sold tracts of land to them. By 1814, the German Village found its roots, originally called "die alte sud ende" (the old south end), and German immigrants contributed to building the first statehouse. By 1830, massive German immigration to the city had occurred. The most influential German newspaper in 1843 was "Der Westbote". Many would serve in the American Civil War, thus gaining the universal respect of the local citizens. By 1865, one-third of Columbus's population was German and the community was flourishing. They built up the local neighborhood, including many businesses, schools, and churches. The schools were so superior that English-speaking residents of Columbus chose to attend them. German-American George Karb would become mayor of the city, twice, at the end of the 19th century, and again in the early 20th century.

The area was in serious decline throughout the first half of the 20th century, however, due to anti-German sentiment during World War I. This was sparked with the sinking of the Lusitania by Germany, which claimed to have killed innocent women and children. The media used this to demonize Germany and German-Americans. The Germans claimed it was transporting weapons in a war zone, which the British and American governments denied. In 2008, however, millions of rounds of ammunition were found at the wreckage of the ship. What ensued was the teaching of German in public schools being banned, and German textbooks burned. German street names were changed, and Schiller Park was renamed Washington Park. The anti-German sentiment fueled by the media was so bad that in 1918 German books were burned on Broad St., and at the foot of the Schiller statue. Despite the hatred, the German-American community would produce Columbus's finest war hero, and one of America's, from World War 1, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, for whom Rickenbacker International Airport in southern Columbus is named for. Further decline occurred later due to the closing of the local breweries during Prohibition, another response to the anti-German sentiment. After the war, the south end was zoned for manufacturing, leading to the erosion of the area's residential feel. In World War Two, the street car tracks and wrought iron fences were confiscated for the war effort. By the 1950s, the area had become a slum. The city then demolished one-third of the neighborhood.

Nearing complete destruction, Frank Fetch defied the common wisdom and purchased a house on Wall St., determined to rebuild the neighborhood. Fetch would create the German Village Society. In June of 1960, the society hosted the first Haus und Garten Tour, which attracted visitors and the local media to eight restored homes, and two gardens. Today the tour is one of the city's most popular events. Frank Fetch Park today in the German Village bears the name of the man who it honors.

Concerned citizens managed to save its historic architecture from demolition in the 1960s by successfully lobbying for a local commission, the German Village Commission, to have power over external changes made to buildings, and by getting the area listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. The German Village Society presently has over 1,000 preservationists dedicated to maintaining the historic quality of the buildings and neighborhood, and German Village is currently considered one of the most desirable areas to live in the city, if not the premiere place in Columbus to live. More than 1600 buildings have been restored since 1960, and it is credited as one of the most premiere restoration districts in the world. By the 1980s, the restoration was near complete. Today it is the largest privately funded historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.

German Village is the home of the first Max & Erma's.

The average home price in the neighborhood is $377,450. Several homes in the neighborhood price at over $1 million, including a 5200 square foot home that sold in August 2007 for $1.5 million. German Village residents include a who's who of the city elite, including local CBS anchor Andrea Cambern, a pillar of the neighborhood and city who donates her time to many worthy causes, and who is open about her residence--a $1.89 million home on Beck St. She narrated a 10-minute documentary short about the village that won one of four 2006 Ohio Historic Preservation Office Awards.

In 2007, German Village was recognized by the White House as a Preserve America Community.

German Village has a commercial strip mainly centered along Third Street, with mostly locally owned restaurants—such as Katzinger's Delicatessen—and the 32-room Book Loft bookstore, as well as the tall-steepled St. Mary Catholic Church constructed in 1868. The village is mostly a residential neighborhood of sturdy, red-brick homes with wrought iron fences along tree-lined, brick-paved streets. The German Village Guest House has been recognized as one of the best in the Midwest by the NY Post, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the St Louis Post Dispatch.

At the southern end of German Village is Schiller Park, named after Friedrich von Schiller, which was once a community meeting ground for the German settlement. It is now the site of recreational facilities, gardens and an amphitheater, which hosts free live performances of Shakespearean plays during the summer months courtesy of the Actor's Theatre.

In July 2009, following German Village Society mismanagement of the 2008 Oktoberfest, the society rejected the Oktoberfest for that year, a decades old tradition. Several members would resign from the society, including a director who moved home to Georgia. However, Schmidt's Sausage Haus stepped up to sponsor the event and it would continue.


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Franklinton (Franklinton is one of those neighborhoods in the city which has seen better days. I wanted to included it because to often on SSC, we only show the "nice" parts of town. But ust like in every other city in this country, we have our fair share of depressed neighborhoods.)

Info I found on line about the Franklinton Neighborhood. Enjoy!

Franklinton is a neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. Lucas Sullivant, a Virginia born land surveyor, established Franklinton in 1797. It is bordered by the Scioto River on the east and north, Greenlawn Avenue on the south, and I-70 on the west. West Broad Street, or Route 40, is one of the country's first roads and is Franklinton's main throughway.

Franklinton is the neighborhood immediately west of downtown. It gets its colorful nickname because much of the land lies below the level of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and a floodwall is required to contain the rivers and protect the area from devastating floods. The fertile, low-lying bottom land was ideal for farming, with the river serving as a direct connection to the Ohio River and beyond. (Just to the west of Franklinton is a group of smaller neighborhoods commonly referred to as "The Hilltop.") More recently, "the Bottoms" has been applied to describe the low socioeconomic status and comparatively high crime rate of the area.

According to the Franklinton Area Commission:

-Though Franklinton is the last downtown neighborhood to be redeveloped, it is actually the birth place of Columbus, settled 15 years before the city itself.

-Franklinton was once a separate city from Columbus, like the present-day cities of Bexley and Whitehall, which are both completely surrounded by the city of Columbus, but continue to exist as separate municipalities.

-Since the completion of the floodwall, the community redevelopment has included more than forty residential projects, a new firehouse, two new schools, new residential dorms at Mount Carmel Medical Center West and the exploration of countless commercial projects.

-This neighborhood has easy access to all of Columbus' major highways.

-The neighborhood is a recovering flood area.


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Ohio Dominican University. I attended ODU until 2005, at which time I went to Cleveland State where I finished my BA. 2003-2005.


Here are some Quick Facts about Ohio Dominican:

Founding
Ohio Dominican University was chartered in 1911 as the College of Saint Mary of the Springs. It was originally founded as an all-women's school, becoming coeducational in 1964. The name was changed to Ohio Dominican College in 1968. Ohio Dominican became a university on July 1, 2002 under an ambitious strategic plan to become one of the country's preeminent small Catholic universities.

Church Affiliation
Roman Catholic. Founded by the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs

Motto
"To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation."

What is "Dominican"?
St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers in 1216. Dominicans are formed throughout their entire lives according to the four pillars established by St. Dominic: Prayer, Study, Ministry and Community. The Dominican tradition of spirituality is rooted in common life: liturgical prayer and meditation, study, and ministry of the Word. These values continue to guide the steps of faculty, students, and staff at Ohio Dominican.



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Olde Town East

History of Olde Towne East
Olde Towne East was a bedroom community during the 19th century and 20th century. One of the very first suburban areas in Columbus, Ohio which was made possible by the installation of the city’s first horse drawn streetcars starting in 1863. Olde Towne East, as it is called now, was annexed into the city of Columbus by 1870. It had previously been an area of family operated farms and countryside stretching along the National Road (Broad Street) from Washington D.C. In 1882, trolley tracks were laid on Oak Street to Kelton Ave where the streetcar barn still stands, providing convenient transportation to former location of the Ohio State Fairgrounds, (now Franklin Park Conservatory and Gardens), and to downtown Columbus. By 1886, large sections of the area had been subdivided into residential lots. These new homes were built for many affluent politicians, businessmen, industrialists, architects, and land speculators who would shape the future of the city of Columbus. There were also no de facto religious restrictions against Jewish and Catholic families that were common in some other developing neighborhoods.

Some of the best known residents included: James Thurber (Cartoonist and Humorist), H.S. Hallwood (inventor of paving blocks), the Hoster family (beer brewers), John Jay Barber (Artist), Joseph Yost (Architect, designer of the Governor’s Mansion and Broad Street Presbyterian Church among many other buildings in the area, see figures 21 & 22), William Fisher (Writer and Humorist), the Lazarus family (retailers, founders of the Lazarus Department Store progenitor of Macy's), Alice Schille (painter), and the Governors of the State of Ohio from 1920 to 1957. In 1896, E.T. Paul opened his blacksmith’s shop at 115 Parsons Ave, next to his buggy shop. Today, E.T. Paul and Sons Co. is the oldest independent tire dealership in the U.S. Olde Towne East was once known as the “Silk Stocking District” in reference to the expensive clothing of its wealthy residents. The city’s most intelligent/shrewd, creative/artful, wealthy/decadent, powerful/demure, and honorable/notorious citizens all resided in this neighborhood.

The proliferation of the automobile and the rise of an economic middle class marked the beginning of an evolution of Olde Towne. Columbus saw the creation of another ring of suburbs starting in the 1920s. To the immediate east of Olde Towne is the City of Bexley, which quickly began to absorb Olde Towne’s affluent residents. It was a classic conflict of "old money" versus "new money". After World War II the transformation was unstoppable. Gone were the wealthy urban residents of Olde Towne East who had either died, moved into more distant suburbs. The once grand and opulent mansions were either gutted of their expensive amenities such as, copper plumbing and porcelain sinks and bathtubs or partitioned and converted into apartments and nursing homes. The Broad Street Boulevard a long strip of landscaped median that extended through the neighborhood from the state capitol to Franklin Park was removed to make room for more car traffic lanes and the zoning was changed for commercial offices. The Interstate Highway System introduced in the late 1950’s was also a cause of the decline (see figure 23). Interstate 71 physically divided the neighborhood from its city center and created an inner city “island”. The so-called “white flight” had begun with the introduction of the freeway system, more suburbs, and desegregation. The neighborhood became by the 1970s a predominately African-American community. Olde Towne East still provided easy access to jobs and necessities by foot or public transportation, and the many large old homes and apartments were much more affordable compared to the new suburbs. The area’s buildings and the original residents still mostly owned homes however, the lack of home ownership has been suggested as a factor for the economic decline that followed.

Revitalization is now underway. These structures are being restored to the grand homes they once were. Originally costing perhaps $6000 to construct during the 19th and early 20th century. In April 2000 the highest sales price was $350,000. If an Olde Towne East home was constructed today the cost would be astronomical, and practically impossible to build due to the now rare fine craftsmanship of the era and expensive materials used.


Architecture and Historical Preservation
Olde Towne East saw many of Columbus’ finest homes built within the area and much of that architectural legacy still exists today. There are more than a thousand uniquely styled homes in the Olde Towne area, some built as early as 1830, representing over 50 unique architectural styles. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Olde Towne East represented some of the most popular American building styles spanning 100 years, which included: Federal, Italianate, Victorian, Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, Tudor, Colonial Revival, American Foursquare, and American Craftsman. All of these classic styles have been well presented in the area by local architects and craftsmen. Characteristics of the homes of Olde Towne often include art glass windows, hand carved woodwork, parquetry, stone details, ornate tile work, natural slate and tile roofs, artful wrought iron fencing, and elaborate brick and stone exteriors all created with the abundant resources that were available in the local area 100 years ago.

Bricks, tiles, glass, and iron were all produced in southeastern and northeastern Ohio and made available through the extensive canal systems and later railroads of the day. The dense native forests provided the white oak, walnut, maple, and gum woods commonly used throughout these homes. Features of the home’s designs often include: formal parlors, libraries, multiple dining rooms some seating up to 30 guests, ballrooms, large attics, expansive porches, elegantly tiled bathrooms, gas fireplaces, and wine cellars. In addition, carriage houses for the larger than most contemporary homes are commonplace and most homes often include quarters for houseservants.

Historical preservation in Olde Towne East is an important aspect of the community today. Many present day suburban neighborhoods such as Dublin, Ohio do not employ the unique construction techniques as used in the former era gone by. In 1989, the Bryden Road Historic District was created within the City of Columbus’ Department of Development. The city’s Historic Resource Commission according to the recommendations of the Ohio Historic Society now governs alterations to these structures. Today’s residents are fostering a rebirth, wholly restoring, renovating and preserving the original character of the houses while creating a unique urban community.

The Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association (OTENA) was founded in 1975 as a non-profit organization to promote civic pride and cultural awareness. OTENA now plays an active role in neighborhood zoning and development issues, and strives to help create a community that values its historic structures. Started in 1982 and presented by OTENA, the Olde Towne Tour of Homes was intended to introduce area homeowners and to exchange ideas and expertise. In 1985, the Holiday Tour was created to present the contemporary traditions of residents including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Today, the tours continue to highlight renovations in progress, showcase period restorations, and present modern day necessities in a historic setting. One of the tours biggest objectives is to inform people from other parts of the Columbus area of the historic value of existing structures and to welcome them to experience the community that an urban environment can create. Many of the visitors continue to be from the families who originally lived in the area.


Land Use Changes Over Time
The land use in Olde Towne East has changed many times in its existence, from its beginning when it was an affluent neighborhood to its decline and now again to its rebirth. The tactics then employed as outlined in the documentary film Flag Wars to show just how the requisition and purchasing of the homes played out. Which included the removal of many poor African Americans and the mentally ill residents and the hostile reception of some homosexual renovators in the process. The social issues in question brings about wondering how change should truly occur. Shot over four years, "Flag Wars" is a poignant 90-minute account of economic competition between two historically oppressed groups, seen through the politics and pain of gentrification. The setting could be any city with a once stable working and middle class black community, now aging and economically depressed, in danger of losing control of their neighborhoods as wealthier home buyers gentrify block by block. In this case, the neighborhood is in Columbus, Ohio and the home buyers are largely white and gay.

The resulting conflicts are a case study of differences in perception. Where realtors and buyers see run-down homes, black residents see evidence of institutional racism that steered resources away from this community. What newer residents see as a beneficial effort to renovate and restore value, veteran residents see as an assault on their heritage and a threat to their ability to hold on to their homes.

The events in "Flag Wars" unfold against a backdrop of racism, homophobia, and tensions between privilege and poverty. Mix in government zoning boards, the court system, lending institutions, and civic leaders, and you've got a film that hits people "where they live." "Flag Wars" explores the complexity of gentrification, and the contradictions between intention and result, belief and action. It goes beyond merely assigning blame or labeling people as "good guys" or "bad guys" to examine the relationship between housing, heritage, and public policy.

Although the neighborhood resides an ample amount of history, the longstanding nearly century old African American history of the neighborhood is often overlooked and scorned. Moreover, there is a severe lack in private business and stores in the community. This is contributed by the stagnation of development with high price homes and slow housing market. Olde Towne East was once a suburb of Columbus and now is encompassed by Columbus, with more than a thousand homes in the area and numerous architectural styles. The diversity in Olde Towne East is unlike any other from the various architectural styles to the various people and social classes. To the north end of the community lies a congregation of housing projects along the Mount Vernon and Champion avenue corridors.


A Neighborhood of Choice & Change
At the beginning of this century, people chose to live in Olde Towne East for social status. Today, the residents choose to live there for the unique styling of the houses and their appreciation for the diverse community. The varied cultural and racial backgrounds, and economic levels that are present create a unique environment not found in any other Columbus neighborhood. Olde Towne East is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood in a grid layout. The Columbus Metropolitan Library, The Columbus Museum of Art, Franklin University, Capital University Law School, and Columbus College of Art and Design, all within a 15 minute walk. The entire downtown of Columbus is easily accessible by bicycle or public bus. City, county, state and federal government agencies, including the Capitol Buildings of the State of Ohio, several regional and national banks, insurance companies, and major corporate headquarters are all accessible without the use of an automobile. There is convenient access to all other areas of the city by the freeway and bus systems that converge downtown. Beginning as the home of the city’s elite and currently home to a diverse urban community, Olde Towne East has seen many changes.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olde_Towne_East

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I love that city Colombus city its very nice, amazing, great city for sure
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Columbus is bless to have some great architecture.
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The first time i'd heard about this city was caused by the Columbus Crew football (soccer) club.
I understand now why the worker guys in the badge and the motto of "hard working".
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Germania is the German and German-American Club here in Columbus, which I have been a member of since December 2008.







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Short North I

The Short North is a neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, United States, centered on the main strip of High Street immediately north of downtown and extending until just south of the Ohio State University campus area. It is an easy walk from the convention center or Nationwide Arena district to the north. The Short North is often crowded on weekends, particularly during the monthly "Gallery Hop" and other local and downtown events.

The Short North is heavily populated with art galleries, specialty shops, pubs, nightclubs, and coffee houses. Most of its tightly packed brick buildings date from at least the early 20th century, with traditional storefronts along High Street (often with brightly painted murals on their side walls), and old apartment buildings and rowhouses and newer condominium developments in the surrounding blocks. The city installed 17 lighted metal archways extending across High Street throughout the Short North, reminiscent of such arches present in the area in the early 1900s.

The Short North is also known as a substantially gay neighborhood, and even the local businesses that do not explicitly cater to gay clientèle typically sport the gay pride flag.

A reputation for diversity and an artistic, Bohemian atmosphere has marked the Short North, with land prices and local rents rising steadily from the 'art boom's' humble beginnings as a squatter’s neighborhood in the 1980s. Prior to the boom, the neighborhood had suffered prolonged decay and from latent, street-level crime and gang violence as Columbus affluent residents followed the economic bubble outward--into the suburbs--during the 1960s and 1970s. The name "Short North", in fact, traces its roots back to the vernacular used by police for the area during this period of decomposition, namely as the neighborhood that--from a suburban commuter's perspective--had fallen 'just short' of the central business district's north end--both physically and economically.

With full-fledged rebirth and the visual arts community having reached a critical mass, the Short North hosts the "Gallery Hop" every first Saturday of the month, when its numerous art galleries open their doors late into the night to jam-packed streets and sidewalks populated with street musicians and other performers.

Since 1983, the Short North has also hosted the annual Doo Dah Parade, a parody of typical Fourth of July parades that includes politically-slanted paraders and floats as well as absurdities such as the "Marching Fidels," a band of Fidel Castro look-a-likes. The parade starts in neighboring Victorian Village, at Goodale Park, and winds north to finish coming south down High Street.

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Italian Village

Italian Village is a historic district located in the near north side of Columbus, Ohio, adjacent to the central business district. The area is bounded by Interstate 670 on the south, Fifth Avenue on the north, North High Street on the west, and the Conrail railroad tracks to the east. The Italian Village area was one of Columbus' first suburbs, annexed to the city of Columbus in 1862.

In the early 1970s, residents of Italian Village took action against the deteriorating physical condition of the area and the threat of having more and more historic buildings demolished. Residents and property owners, who felt a sense of community and had visions of an improved neighborhood, formed the Italian Village Society in 1972. One year later, the Italian Village Commission was established by Columbus City Council.

In 1986, the entire Short North Area (Italian Village, Victorian Village, and the High Street Commercial District) was awarded an All-America City Award, for its public-private partnership, in revitalization of the area. Several sections of Italian Village were recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and another section is currently being considered for listing.

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Dennison Place

Dennison Place is located in the southern portion of the University District. There are 495 structures in Dennison Place, of which over 400 are single family homes or duplexes. There is more than 75% owner occupancy on these streets.

Dennison Place has fine housing stock and well crafted homes. Though not a part of Victorian Village, some homes in Dennison Place have been included in the Victorian Village House and Garden Tour.

Dennison Place is also on the National Register of Historic Places.


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Old Oaks

Old Oaks is a Historic District that is located just east of downtown Columbus, Ohio. The African-American neighborhood is bounded on the West by the homes on Ohio Avenue, on the East by the homes on Kimball Place, on the North by Mooberry Street, and on the South by Livingston Avenue. Old Oaks is the most intact of Columbus's turn-of-the-century streetcar era neighborhoods that show the homes of the middle and upper classes. It neighbors many notable areas including Livingston Park, Bryden Road Historic District and Driving Park, all with the common thread of the notable Livingston Avenue Corridor which was part of one of Columbus' first street car suburbs. Architecture styles include American Four-Squares in Mission and Neoclassical Revival styles, as well as Modified Queen Anne’s. The Old Oaks Civic Association is a volunteer group of residents who are interested in the continued restoration of the district as well as the betterment of the surrounding community.

Old Oaks is a turn-of-the-century streetcar suburb in Columbus, OH. The history of Old Oaks begins in 1891 when streetcar service became electrified. In 1892, a group of developers platted the Oakwood Addition subdivision. Before that time, horse-drawn trolleys stopped service at Ohio Avenue on Livingston Avenue and the land where Old Oaks is located was mostly farmland. A notable landmark, St. John's Catholic Church Parsonage & School, was built in 1898, with neighborhood construction taking place throughout the thirty-year period from 1892 to 1922. Many German Catholics actually moved from the South Side (in what is now German Village) to get away from the cramped housing and the foul-smell of the breweries and the Scioto River (which was used as a sewer before the sewer lines were laid). Old Oaks can be likened to a turn-of-the Century New Albany, OH. The Germans were close enough to schools, churches, extended family and businesses they knew but in an idyllic planned community.

Notable members of our community include William R Gault who was President of the Columbus Stock Yards and Vice-President of the Market Exchange Bank, Chic Harley, Ohio State University's first 3-time All-American and for whom Harley field at East High School is named and the Schottenstein Brothers who went on to form M/I Schottenstein.

Homes in Old Oaks show a predominance of architectural consistency with 2-1/2 story brick homes that boast large front porches. Homeowners were and are an economically, ethnically and religiously diverse group of people. Old Oaks is the most intact neighborhood from the turn-of-the Century that shows the homes of the middle and lower-upper classes of the Streetcar era.

Old Oaks became a Historic District in 1986 after a group of neighbors, petitioned the city for the designation for the above reasons. Residents went door to door to collect signatures from residents and homeowners indicating that they wanted the designation of Historic District. The significance is that major exterior changes to the homes' architecture cannot be made without the approval of the Historic Resources Commission in the form of a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA). These changes include siding of a wood frame home with vinyl or aluminum, removing slate roof shingles and replacing with asphalt and changing out wood frame windows with aluminum or vinyl ones to cite a few common housing projects. You must also get a COA for new paint colors and for adding fencing.

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