3. Poindexter Village – Two Remaining Buildings (1940)
Location: 290 N. Champion Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43203
Owner: Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority
UPDATE: The James Preston Poindexter Foundation and the Ohio History Connection will host a discussion on Tuesday, November 22 at 5:30 p.m. at East High School. The groups invite you to hear plans to save these two remaining buildings of Poindexter Village and ask for your input regarding a museum plan for the site.
Operated by the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), Poindexter Village opened in 1940 as one of the first public housing projects in America. As demolition of much of the Village proceeded in 2013, an Expert Committee was appointed to evaluate the possibility of saving 10 buildings on the site. Cathy D. Nelson represented Columbus Landmarks Foundation on that committee.
The Committee presented its Report on June 27, 2013, recommending the retention and adaptive reuse of the 10 buildings. The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority responded to the Report of the Expert Committee on July 19, 2013. The Response reported the view of the Authority that, for economic reasons, the decision had been made to save only two buildings while also remaining committed to several other projects to mitigate the loss of Poindexter Village.
Columbus Landmarks Foundation’s position on Poindexter Village has not changed over the course of the long journey of loss of this important part of the past of this near east side neighborhood and the city of Columbus. Poindexter Village should have been saved and Columbus Landmarks remains committed to the retention of the two remaining buildings. The James Preston Poindexter Foundation was recently founded to carry forth the legacy of James Poindexter and the Village.
Poindexter Village: A Portrait In Stories, an exhibit at The Columbus Historical Society at COSI, opens June 5, 2016, and features a virtual reality technology experience developed by The Ohio State University Departments of History and Art.
Please donate to support a design charette that will seek creative re-use and help determine the “what’s next” for our endangered buildings. Any amount is welcome, thank you!