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COVID-19 Response

Although COVID-19 has changed virtually everything, our work at Columbus Landmarks perseveres to help prepare our city for brighter days ahead with respect for our historic past. Out of concern for our community, Columbus Landmarks has postponed all in-person workshops, tours and events until further notice. Our board, staff and committees continue to meet and


A Tribute to Mark Dempsey

by Doreen Uhas Sauer  Columbus lost one of its greats on January 10, 2020, and St. Patrick’s Day won’t ever be the same in our city.   Mark Dempsey made being Irish – or just feeling a little Irish – such fun. As the owner of Dempsey’s Food & Spirits and the Jury Room, Mark


Columbus Landmarks Awarded Two Grants

We are thrilled to announce receipt of a $20,000 grant from the 1772 Foundation of Providence, RI to fund a feasibility study for our new Historic Properties Redevelopment Fund, also known as a revolving fund. A revolving fund is used to purchase, stabilize and/or rehabilitate, and then resell historic properties to preservation-minded buyers, subject to easements or protective covenants. Columbus Landmarks’ Historic Properties Redevelopment


Ed Lentz Prize Winner is Central Ohio Producer

We are proud to announce that Lou Varga is the winner of the first Ed Lentz Prize! Varga is a video and multi-media producer and owns his own company, Varga Communications. The winning entry is a documentary of the restoration of Rock Mill in Lancaster, Ohio that will air on WOSU-TV later this year. ROCK MILL


Nominate Endangered Buildings for 2020 List

It’s time to nominate buildings threatened with deterioration, vacancy and/or redevelopment for the 2020 Most Endangered Sites List! NOMINATE A BUILDING Columbus Landmarks publishes the annual list of Most Endangered Sites to create awareness and stimulate redevelopment of historic properties. The buildings are identified and nominated by the public (that’s you!), screened and selected by


We’re Hiring!

It’s an exciting time of growth at Columbus Landmarks with new initiatives, programming, and advocacy efforts! We are accepting resumes for a full-time Associate Director who will serve as the primary marketing manager; tour and event planner; constituent manager; and volunteer coordinator. Goal-oriented, engaging and motivated, we seek a versatile candidate with excellent organizational and


Historic Tax Credits Announced for 5 Columbus Buildings

The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $4,389,821 in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits for the rehabilitation of five historic buildings in Columbus. Together, the projects are expected to leverage approximately $50 million in private investments.  “Preserving the historic charm of Ohio communities enhances the quality of life in our downtowns and neighborhoods,” said Lydia Mihalik,


Announcing the Ed Lentz Prize

We are proud to announce that we are accepting applications for the very first Ed Lentz Prize! DOWNLOAD APPLICATION The $500 cash prize to honor Ed’s legacy will be awarded annually to the individual who submits the best presentation for providing a better understanding of the history, architecture and/or importance of historic preservation in central


Ohio Pen Stones Saved For Re-use

It’s not every day we get to move history, but we feel lucky the opportunity presented itself in regard to distinctive masonry from the old Ohio Penitentiary, and fortunate that we have reliable partners willing to help when it comes to serious heavy lifting. We received confirmation in September that stones that had been salvaged


Winner of the James B. Recchie Design Award

Congratulations to Columbus Metropolitan Library, winner of the 30th James B. Recchie Design Award for the Main Library renovation and expansion! The project team included architects Schooley Caldwell and GUND Partnership, as well as landscape architect MKSK. “The Main Library demonstrates the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s commitment to creating spaces that inspire and serve the public