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New Ideas For Endangered Buildings

Columbus Landmarks publishes an annual list of Most Endangered Buildings to build awareness of our city’s architectural heritage at risk of...

Columbus Landmarks publishes an annual list of Most Endangered Buildings to build awareness of our city’s architectural heritage at risk of demolition, destruction or irreparable damage. Recently we hosted an idea competition seeking creative ideas for preserving the 13 buildings featured on the 2016 list and received 150 entries.


The entries were displayed at an event at the Center for Architecture and Design in September. Many of the entries were received from students at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School.

“While the sheer quantity of entries was impressive, we were most enamored with their quality,” said Chris Mannella, an architect with Bass Studio Architects and Columbus Landmarks volunteer who created the format and designed the entry cards for the competition. “The students grappled with real-world issues, such as the history of the sites, needs of the communities, and aesthetic qualities of the buildings with thoughtfulness and grace,” he added.

The student entries were coordinated by Allison Vrancken, Fort Hayes STEAM instructor. In addition to the submitted cards, a few students conveyed their ideas through performance art –a dance celebrated the future of the Columbus Railway Power & Light Building and a poetry performance celebrated the history of the Macon Lounge.

“We created the idea competition to keep the conversation going regarding what’s next for endangered buildings,” said Matt Leasure, Associate at MKSK and Columbus Landmarks trustee. “We believe these creative ideas could spur a future use and in some cases, be a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization,” he added.

It’s not too late join the conversation! Share your creative ideas for Most Endangered Buildings by downloading entry cards below. We hope to find a space to display all of the entries again, and yours will be included.

2016 Most Endangered Buildings

  1. Pavey Block (1904) | download entry card »
  2. Ohio National Bank (early 1900s) | download entry card »
  3. Poindexter Village (1940) | download entry card »
  4. Original Port Columbus Terminal (1929) | download entry card »
  5. Indianola Jr. High School (1929) | download entry card »
  6. Second Empire House (1890s) | download entry card »
  7. Elam Drake Farm (1850s) | download entry card »
  8. Holy Rosary High School (1928) | download entry card »
  9. Columbus Railway Power & Light (1915) | download entry card »
  10. Macon Lounge (1888) | download entry card »
  11. N. Franklin Elementary School (1920) | download entry card »
  12. Mt. Vernon Ave. Commercial Building (1900) | download entry card »
  13. Pilgrim Elementary School (1921) | download entry card »

Submit your entry one of two ways:

  1. Drop off or mail your entry to Columbus Landmarks, 57 Jefferson Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
  2. Scan and email to

Many thanks to our Idea Competition sponsors:

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