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Endangered Properties Fund | Columbus Landmarks

Columbus deserves more historic preservation … this fund helps make it happen!

The Endangered Properties Fund connects preservation-minded buyers to vacant or underutilized historic commercial properties – like those featured on our annual Most Endangered Sites List – and ensure their long-term preservation through a protective easement.Through donation, real estate options, or short-term ownership, Columbus Landmarks will gain control of endangered properties and take proactive steps in their defense. The Endangered Properties Fund has been seeded with a $200,000 bequest made in 2019 from the Albert W. and Bonnie J. Van Fossen Fund at The Columbus Foundation.The annual Most Endangered Sites List identifies historic properties at risk and raises awareness of their redevelopment potential. In the past seven years Columbus Landmarks has featured 55 properties, 24 of which have been saved, six that have been demolished, and 25 that are pending redevelopment. Current situation: 25% of Columbus' buildings date to pre-1945 compared to a 50-city average of 38%. Columbus Landmarks will use the new fund to make more historic preservation happen in Columbus! 

FAQsWhat is the Endangered Properties Fund?The Endangered Properties Fund will connect preservation-minded buyers to vacant or underutilized historic commercial properties – like those featured on our annual Most Endangered Sites Lists – and ensure their long-term protection through a preservation easement.What is the purpose of a preservation easement?A preservation easement is a deed restriction that permanently protects the property.How will Columbus Landmarks acquire properties?Through donation, real estate options or short-term ownership, Columbus Landmarks will gain control of endangered properties and take proactive steps in their defense.Who can benefit from the Endangered Properties Fund?Preservation-minded buyers and sellers.When will the Endangered Properties Fund be available? The Fund is available now.Is the Endangered Properties Fund limited to buildings in Columbus?The Endangered Properties Fund can be used for properties located in Greater Columbus.How can I help Columbus Landmarks with the Endangered Properties Fund?Donate your building to us or provide a charitable contribution to Columbus Landmarks.Need more information?  >>CONTACT US