Help Make Preservation a Priority!

C&O Roundhouse

2020 Most Endangered Sites

C&O Roundhouse


Year Built: 1927
Address: 2600 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Owner: CSX Transportation

The Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad built a receiving yard on the South End of Columbus, and a 27-bay brick roundhouse serviced by a 115-foot turntable in 1927. During the 1950s, as diesel locomotives replaced steam locomotives, portions of the roundhouse at Parsons Yard were closed and unused bays torn down. Today 15 bays remain and some are used by CSX for storage and garages. The Parsons Yard Roundhouse is one of the last few in Ohio with a turntable.

Why is this site endangered?

CSX Transportation plans to demolish the remaining Roundhouse bays soon.

Help save our architectural heritage and leave a comment about this building!


Help save our architectural heritage and leave a comment about this building!


2020 MOST ENDANGERED SITES

St. Therese’s Retreat Center

...8-acre retreat with Romanesque style stone chapel modeled after small ...

South Side Learning and Development Center

...brick Colonial Revival style building features a flat roof parapet, ...

Nagy Brothers Shoe Repair

...an unassuming, diminutive, single-story, painted block building with original interior ...

Holy Family School

...the school was designed in a Romanesque Revival style with ...

Historic Sheep Farmhouse

...one of the oldest remaining structures in NW Columbus... an ...

Former Lazarus Kingsdale

example of the suburban Lazarus store design of the mid-20th ...

Cleve Theatre

...Art Deco style, originally front center tower featured glass block ...

Church of Christ of Apostolic Faith

...Mid-Century Modern church buildings are increasingly vulnerable to deterioration and ...

C&O Roundhouse

...originally built as 27-bay brick roundhouse serviced by a 115-foot ...

4 Comments

Nicole Derifield-West – May 17, 2020

Please do not tear down this unusual and incredible building! I drive past this all the time and marvel at it. What a travesty it would be to loose this piece of history on the south side, an area that’s rich in history and is proud of it.

Allen T. Cox – April 7, 2022

My wife and I came up from South Florida to visit our son here in Columbus in the Spring of 2022. By happenstance we took my son’s car into Harrs Auto glass next door to this structure and I told everybody in the car excitedly that this unusual bldg. was an old C&O steam train house. We went up and took a few photos of it and the revamped turntable and I was dismayed to see CSX demolition placards on the bldg. There are very few of these circular steam train house repair sheds left in the US and it would be really a good thing for posterity to repair this train house for future generations or at worst leave as is. Definitely don’t tear it down!
Our daughter goes to College at Mercer University down in Macon, GA. There is a gigantic and incredible I abandoned Central of Georgia steam train coal house with attached silos sitting there rotting away much like this train house.
These iconic structures are relics of a unique period of time in the United States when steam trains ruled America’s railroads. Sure you can look at photos in a book but much like and old car or an old plane you stand next to you can feel the history personally. Imagine tearing down a lighthouse, no you would never do that! Most of these buildings have in fact been torn down after the steam trains went dormant in the mid 1950’s.
Please please save this building!

Jim Varga – June 19, 2020

This structure is one of the last such buildings in Ohio. I hope something can be done to save it.

Leslie Tilton – July 27, 2020

Please save this piece of Columbus railroad history! Repurpose but do not tear down.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Your Name *

Your Mail *

Your Comment*