2019 Most Endangered Buildings
Year Built: 1924
Address:1312 E. Broad Street, Columbus Ohio 43215
Original Building Use: Hotel
Owner: Eli Adahan
The early 20th century brought a major change in architecture type along East Broad Street with the introduction of luxury apartment buildings and commercial buildings to what was a boulevard of mostly mansions and churches. The 8-story Broadwin was designed as a hotel/apartments in a fashionable Second Renaissance Revival style and represents an early use of reinforced concrete construction. The Broadwin features a marble lobby and decorative trim that remain intact. The building is part of the East Broad Street Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Why is this Site Endangered?
The Broadwin has suffered long-term vacancy and ownership changes, as well as vandalism and some deterioration. The current owner purchased the building in 2017 and has not yet been successful in obtaining historic tax credits to make the rehabilitation feasible. The latest proposal, contingent upon receiving tax credits in the next round, calls for a $17.6 million rehabilitation project to return the property to its original 46-unit configuration.
Photos by Orbit Design & Richard Burry