Congratulations to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, winner of the 2017 James B. Recchie Design Award! The award was the 28th given in honor of the late James B. Recchie, a founding trustee of Columbus Landmarks. It honors excellence in urban design reflected in historic or new buildings and places, additions to existing buildings, parks, public spaces and public art. The award celebrates projects that add to the distinctive character and improved quality of life of Columbus and the designers responsible for them.
50 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Architects/Designers: Schooley Caldwell, MKSK, ZHA Architects (Fairfax, VA); John Behal, Brian Kent Jones, and Gettys Group
Owners/Investors: Tower 10, LLC; Robert Meyers; Autograph Collection Hotels (Marriott International); Kaufman Development
The LeVeque Tower has been an iconic building in Columbus for the past 90 years. Completed in 1927, the AIU Citadel was designed to be 6” taller than the Washington Monument. By the early 2000s, the building was partially vacant and needed significant upgrades. This project, which utilized both state and historic tax credits, has resulted in the complete rehabilitation of the building, and reuse as a luxury hotel, office space, apartments and condominiums. The historic exterior was enhanced with reopened entrances with new canopies and landscaping while the interior historic lobby features were retained and a two-story lobby created for the hotel. All finishes are of the highest quality. This project places the LeVeque Tower back on the map as the center jewel of Columbus’s skyline.
96 S. Grant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
Architect/Designer: Schooley Caldwell, GUND Partnership (Cambridge, MA), MKSK
Owner: Columbus Metropolitan Library
The historic Carnegie Building was built for the Columbus Metropolitan Library in the first decade of the 20th century. Now, the building has undergone a major renovation that has resulted in a forward-looking 21st century library. Both the historic building and the rear wing (added in the early 1990s) have been reconfigured to create light-filled open spaces, study areas, community meeting rooms, areas for children and teens, and the Carnegie Café. Among the biggest changes are the flexible two-story reading room overlooking the Topiary Park, which can be reconfigured for large-scale library events; and the landscaped terrace and access to the Topiary Park. It is a worthy flagship library for one of the consistently top-rated library systems in the nation.
738 Bryden Road
Columbus, OH 43205
Architect/Designer: WSA Studio
Owner: Solihull Development Group
This Second Empire structure was used as a dormitory for the Columbus School for Girls (CSG), which was located next door before its move to Bexley in 1950. The building had a variety of uses over the last 67 years, including a halfway house and nearly a decade standing vacant. The deteriorated building has been sensitively rehabilitated for apartments. One of the distinctive features in the building is a surviving mural painted by Columbus artist, Russell “Smoky” Brown. Brown, a self-taught artist lived in the building for a time and filled the building’s walls with murals, but only one mural had survived by the time the building underwent rehabilitation. The porch was reconstructed based on historic photos and the combination of historic exterior and both historic and contemporary interior features make this a successful project in the Bryden Road Historic District.
65 S. Fourth St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Owner: YWCA Columbus
The YWCA just completed a $25 million-dollar renovation of its 1929, historic Griswold Memorial Building. The building houses a residency program for women with women with mental illnesses who have suffered from chronic homelessness, domestic abuse, and often addiction. The renovation upgraded the formerly cramped, dorm-style rooms to larger efficiency apartments, each with its own kitchen and bathroom. The number of women affected by homelessness and mental illness is growing, and so, too, has the residency program; expanding to accommodate 91 women, instead of the 60 it housed before the renovation. The project utilized historic and low-income tax credits and adapted the former pool to a special events area and the former basketball court as an open office area for core services provided to the residents. This building is now poised to help the YWCA reach its ultimate goal of teaching women self-sufficiency for life outside the building.
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