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5. Hallwood House (1895)

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5. Hallwood House (1895)
776-778 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, Ohio

Owner: Adger E. Cowans
Former home of famous Columbus resident and entrepreneur Henry S. Hallwood of Hallwood Block and Hallwood Cash Register fame. Built in 1895, its eclectic architectural style includes elements of Romanesque Revival, French Chateauesque and Queen Anne styles. Accomplished painter and sculptor Barbara Chavous lived in the home most recently and until her death in 2008. The property has been neglected since, and abandoned for over three years. It now suffers from a partially collapsed roof, damaged and missing windows, rotting trim and significant interior damage. The house is located in Olde Towne East, one of the most appreciated and desirable areas near downtown.


Hazel Mantle – May 1, 2018

Henry Hallwood is my Great Grandfathers brother who left the UK and made his fortune in America. I would be really interested in knowing how much it would cost to buy this house (maybe an unrealistic dream) or how the family here can do anything to help to save it (maybe another unrealistic dream).
Such a beautiful house and such a pity it is in such a sad state of decline.
I would be truly grateful for any information.
Many Thanks
Hazel Mantle

Becky West – May 9, 2018

Hello Hazel! We apologize for the delay in our reply. Thank you so much for reaching out – how wonderful to hear from a Hallwood relation. Will you please email Susan Keeny at so that she can share more information?

accer – July 13, 2020

Evo 7

accer – July 18, 2020

EVO 4.6

accer – July 21, 2020

EVO 4.6

dobunusy – August 14, 2020

Evo 7

dobunusy – August 17, 2020

EVO 4.6

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