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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.

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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.

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.

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