2018 Most Endangered Buildings
Year Built: Early 1880s
Building Address: 966 S. High St.
Original Use: Residential
Current Use: Vacant, surplus
Building Condition: Structurally sound, poor interior condition
Owner: Columbus City Schools
Owner Address: 889 E. 17th Ave., Columbus
Owner Phone: 614-365-5164
Owner Phone: email@example.com
Style and Significance
The original owner of the brick Queen Anne style house (visible at the rear) is not known, but the history of the building is most associated with two uses. The first was as the rectory for the Independent Protestant Church, formed in 1843 by Swiss immigrants. The church was known for its liberal policies which included giving women full and equal voice in church and Sunday school affairs. Columbus Maennerchor moved to this house in 1921. Maennerchor, founded in 1848, is the oldest continuing German singing society in America. Over the years Maennerchor added a basement rathskeller and an addition/new entry to the front of the building. Maennerchor occupied the building until 2010 when it sold the property to Columbus City Schools.
A recent development proposal called for demolition of the building to make way for a new apartment building on the site. The buyers have backed out and the building and adjacent vacant lot will be available for sale to the open market via direct contract with Columbus City Schools. The building will remain on the Most Endangered Buildings List as we advocate for its reuse in a redevelopment plan.
Photos by Orbit Design & Richard Burry