2018 Most Endangered Buildings
Marble Cliff Gateway Mansion
Year Built: 1907
Building Address: 2015 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus
Original Use: Residential
Current Use: Office/Commercial
Building Condition: Good
Owner: Kathryn Gardner, Marble Cliff Manor LLC
Style and Significance:
Renowned Columbus Architect Frank Packard designed the Tudor Revival style house for William Lanman of the Columbus Bolt Company and his family. In 1935, William “Billy” Ingram, founder of White Castle, bought the home when he moved the company from Wichita, Kansas, to Columbus. Burgess and Niple Engineering moved their offices from downtown to the house in 1953. The building has remained in commercial use since that time.
This building is threatened with demolition to make way for a new apartment building on the site proposed by F2 Companies and Elford Development.
ACTION/INTEREST: The developer is expected to present a revised concept plan at the June 18 Marble Cliff Council Meeting. Contact the property owner, Marble Cliff Mayor Kent Studebaker, or Marble Cliff Village Council to encourage reuse of this architecturally and historically significant building within redevelopment plans.
Photos by Orbit Design & Richard Burry