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Ed Lentz Prize

The Ed Lentz Prize is a $500 cash prize 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. The prize is named in honor of Ed Lentz, who is Columbus Landmarks Director Emeritus.

Entries (writing, presentation, film, other) must have been created within the past three years and should document, evoke, interpret, analyze or capture the importance of place and its preservation. Applications for the 2022 prize were due Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. The winner was announced March 23, 2022. The winning entry was selected by a three person jury consisting of Angela O'Neal, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Local History and Genealogy Manager; Charles Rowan, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Legal Advisor; Alison Circle, Columbus Landmarks Board Member.

The annual prize is made possible via the Columbus Landmarks Foundation Ed Lentz Prize Endowment Fund  at The Columbus Foundation. Not only does the prize honor Ed’s important legacy in perpetuity, but it provides a platform for those whose creative talents and passion for the past, present and future will shape our city.

Ed Lentz previously served as Columbus Landmarks Executive Director twice – once in the 1980s and again from 2013-2017. Ed is also well known for teaching, writing and exploring the history of central Ohio. He is the author of several books, including Columbus – The Story of a City (2003), and Historic Columbus (2012). Ed is well known for his “As It Were" columns featured in This Week Community News and the Columbus Dispatch.