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Macon Lounge

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Macon Lounge


Year Built: 1888
Building Address: 366 N 20th Street, Columbus
Original Use: Hotel and Retail
Current Use:
Vacant
Building Condition: First Floor contains office, bar, kitchen and 3 baths. 2nd and 3rd Floor have been gutted.

Owner: Yhezkel Levi, Z on Main LLC
Owner Address: 139 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Style and Significance:
Building Condition: First Floor contains office, bar, kitchen and 3 baths. 2nd and 3rd Floor have been gutted.

Built as the Macon Hotel in 1888, the building is a good example of the iron frame commercial brick structures of the era with stylized cornices and window corbels highlighting the exterior. The Macon became best known as the regular lodging of African American jazz musicians visiting Columbus in the early to mid-20th century. After World War II, the Macon was transformed from a hotel to a club and lounge.

The Macon is listed in the Columbus Register of Historic Properties and is very significant to jazz history in our city. An ideal reuse would capitalize on that tradition. Z on Main LLC purchased the building in 2017 and announced plans to rehabilitate the building into micro-unit apartments. No progress has been made to date, and the building is threatened with continued deterioration and vacancy.

Photos by Orbit Design & Richard Burry

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