Columbus Landmarks Legacy Circle will honor new individuals each year. The Legacy Circle was established in 2020 with a generous $10,000 donation to Columbus Landmarks from SMBH, Inc. in honor of Bill Lantz’s career and his dedication to our mission.
Bill is a structural engineer and founder of SMBH, a firm he started in 1972 to provide intelligent, sustainable structural engineering solutions. Bill served two consecutive three-year terms on the Columbus Landmarks Board of Trustees from 2004-2010, and he has patiently remained on “speed dial” for issues small and large related to endangered historic buildings. In addition to his engineering degree, Bill also holds a degree in architecture from Ohio State, lending to his sensitivity to and respect for historic buildings. Bill and his wife, Ruth, have been hands-on preservationists, rehabilitating historic residences in German Village and the Town-Franklin Historic District, as well as urban pioneers, having been in the first wave of residents in a downtown Columbus high-rise office building adapted to condominiums. One only needs to glimpse Bill’s colorful sweaters to understand that he is a personal champion for design and sustainability!
The Legacy Circle will strengthen the impact of our non-profit organization as we advocate for historic preservation and design excellence throughout Greater Columbus, and provide us with needed operating support. We thank you!