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Legacy Circle

Columbus Landmarks Legacy Circle was established in 2020 during the COVID-19 crisis to fortify our work and help us prepare for the future. The Legacy Circle honors individuals who wholeheartedly support Columbus Landmarks mission. 

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!

Honoree, Bill Lantz, Founder of SMBH, Inc.