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St. Dominic's Rectory Threatened with Demolition | Columbus Landmarks

Columbus Landmarks is appealing to the Catholic Diocese to reverse the decision to demolish St. Dominic’s Rectory, located at 453 N. 20th Street in the historic King-Lincoln Bronzeville neighborhood. We recommend the building be mothballed and retained for future use instead.

The handsome, brick c1900 Queen Anne style home is a historically, architecturally and culturally significant asset and an important part of the original fabric of the area. The rectory sits just north of the beautiful and well-maintained St. Dominic’s Church. The church and rectory represent the Parish’s longtime commitment to and investment in the neighborhood. It is especially ironic and disheartening that demolition of an important building closely associated with Columbus African American history be pursued during Black History Month.

The building has not been occupied by a parish priest in recent years and an explosion across the street last summer inflicted both damage and security concerns. However, the rectory embodies the reference “built like a brick house,” in its obvious stability and resiliency. Thanks to high quality materials and good stewardship, it is well positioned for rehabilitation.

This is an exciting time in the King-Lincoln Bronzeville neighborhood with so much positive momentum underway. Property values are on the rise and residents are working together to create a diverse and vibrant community for all. Historic buildings like the rectory are highly valued and being adaptively reused for many wonderful purposes throughout the city.

We encourage the Diocese to reverse the demolition decision to ensure that future generations have a tangible connection to the historic past and a greener earth in so doing.


Renee Herron – February 6, 2019

Why would anyone want to demolish such a wonderful, historical and important iconic building???

Christy Davis – February 6, 2019

I have a lovely early 1900s pump organ I’d like to donate for this project or perhaps another. I have pics
It would add to the atmosphere of different venues I expect.
Thank you. Christy Davis

Bob Loversidge – February 7, 2019

It seems like the parish and/or neighborhood could find a use for this handsome house – youth programs, community outreach, some sort of social service or counseling? This neighborhood has seen so many historic homes removed for ‘urban renewal,’ but today urban renewal means finding an adaptive use for buildings like this.

Alta irwin – February 7, 2019

Brought back to historical time, influences, and meaningful importance to Columbus landmarks, this building should be preserved and included on national tours. The Catholic Church can actually participate in some positive input here,instead of “filling its coffers “.

Brenda Gischel – February 7, 2019

So very sad, there must be someone who could help in restoration

Ann Seren – February 7, 2019

I hope some folks close to the Bishop or even not, would call and politely ask for a “stay of execution” for the St Dominic Rectory.

Monica Stith – February 7, 2019

I have said the same thing. It’s history and to tear it down why? Bishop Campbell is no longer there. It could be made into meeting rooms, office space or whatever.

Joyce Ailes – February 7, 2019

I suppose upkeep expenses and insurance are a big factor in keeping this building going .. however, what an important building it is. I hope they find a way to keep it.

jim Varga – February 8, 2019

I agree with the previous comments. The house looks to be in good shape. I urge the Diocese to reconsider any plans to demolish this structure. As was pointed out Bishop Campbell is leaving. Please allow the new Bishop to look at the situation and hopefully decide on keeping it intact. It is not going to be in the way of a new building so let it survive until a new use is determined. A Museum for the African American Catholic community including St. Cyprian’s?

Rita Cabral – February 8, 2019

A building in good structural shape tells a story of the past, shows how sound construction can stand the test of time and gives visual comfort to those in the neighborhood. Our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren etc. need to see the respect we give to the old whether it be a building or a person.
Save this building!

Delmar McGee – February 15, 2019

This situation further demonstrates the negative impact of gentrification in this area. The Diocese is likely under pressure from those new to the area to remove this gem because they see it as an eyesore that does not fit in with their plans to whitewash the cultural/historical fabric of this community, including houses such as this. Hopefully, the Diocese will hear how significant this house is to the area’s history and opt to save and preserve it. Thanks to Columbus Landmarks and other organizations for their attention to this effort!

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