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Beck Street School

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Beck Street School


Year Built: 1884
Address: 387 East Beck Street, Columbus Ohio 43206
Original Building Use: School
Owner: Columbus City Schools

This stately masonry school building, evoking a Richardsonian Romanesque style, features symmetry, intricate dental detailing and perimeter brackets, and a stone arch. Beck Street School was designed by David Riebel, the first architect of Columbus Schools, and has stood in historic Schumacher Place near German Village for 135 years. Riebel designed nearly 40 Columbus public schools between 1891 and 1921, and they are some of our most notable landmarks. The building rests on a massive stone foundation and reflects the civic value accorded to education at the time.
Why is this Site Endangered?
The Beck Street School is vacant and the Columbus Board of Education faces the decision of declaring it surplus or putting it back in service. The building and its adjacent lot will be valuable property for redevelopment.

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2 Comments

Laurie Cohen – May 23, 2019

In Pittsburgh, many buildings like this are purchased and turned into either condos or apartment buildings. If this could be done, while keeping the integrity of the structure and making at least some of the units affordable to low-income renters/owners, wouldn’t it be a win-win situation?

Roy Wentzel – August 12, 2019

We lived across the street from the school from 1976 to 78’ at 637 Briggs St. Then moved down the street to 596 Briggs for the next 10 years! This is an architectural landmark and must be saved!

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