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Legacy Circle | Columbus Landmarks

Columbus Landmarks will endure the COVID-19 crisis thanks to the generosity and engagement of our members, donors, trustees, volunteers, grantors and partners. A recent act of kindness that fortifies our work and helps us prepare for the future is the creation of the Columbus Landmarks Legacy Circle.

The Columbus Landmarks Legacy Circle honors individuals who wholeheartedly support Columbus Landmarks’ mission. The Legacy Circle was recently established 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!

Please consider joining SMBH, Inc. in honoring their founder and our friend Bill Lantz with your personal donation of any amount to the Columbus Landmarks Legacy Circle today. >>DONATE
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.

Bill Lantz, founder of SMBH, Inc.



Jonnie Geis – April 3, 2020

I’m very happy to see Bill honored in this way.

Peter Krajnak – April 16, 2020

This is well deserved recognition for Bill! We look forward to having other individuals join Bill in the Columbus Landmarks Legacy Circle as future “Landmarks passionate” people are invited.

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