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Former Lazarus Kingsdale


Year Built: 1970
Address: 3180 Kingsdale Center, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Original Building Use: Department Store
Owner: The Kroger Company

The Lazarus Department Store was founded in downtown Columbus in 1851. This structure is a good example of the suburban Lazarus store design of the mid-20th century.  The entrance is emphasized by three ground-to-roof bays of pebble-embedded rock defined by New Formalism style white pilasters and arches. Designed using the same glazed multi-colored blue bricks as the Lazarus Eastland and Northland stores, these materials were selected “not only for their handsome color and sparkle, but for their durability and quality of never needing cleaning.” The design was influenced by Raymond Loewy, considered the father of industrial design, who had a decades-long working relationship with Robert Lazarus.

Why is this Site Endangered?

The Former Lazarus Kingsdale (later Macy’s) has been vacant for five years, since The Kroger Co. purchased it in 2015. While Kroger initially indicated plans for a mixed-use development on the site, no timeline has been presented.
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4 Comments

Terry – May 15, 2020

Gotta’ love these cool Mid century buildings! They are undervalued in Columbus. Too many have been lost, would love to see this one saved!

Justine – May 16, 2020

Worked in the Kingsdale Center for thirty plus years. Spent many hours in the Lazarus building as did many Upper Arlington people. Certainly would hate to see it gone.

sam Smith – May 16, 2020

This is absolutely absurd! I live in the neighborhood. This is a vacant eyesore that is in disrepair. It needs to be torn down by Krogers who has owned it since 2015 and done nothing with it. Nostalgia is one thing – it is far from being a “landmark”.

Carolyn Ellsworth – May 16, 2020

This is a beautiful building that needs some TLC, not tearing down. I hope it can be restored and repurposed. I would hate to see it replaced with a generic Kroger’s grocery store building.

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