2020 Most Endangered Sites
Nagy Brothers Shoe Repair
Year Built: 1948
Address: 1725 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
Original Building Use: Service Station, Bakery
Owner: Joseph A. Nagy Trustee
Nagy Brothers Shoe Repair is an unassuming, diminutive, single-story, painted brick and block building with intact original interior fixtures. The northern section (with peaked roof) is c1920s and was an automobile service station and later a bakery. Joseph and Steve Nagy, both deceased, purchased the building just after World War II, added on to the building, and operated Nagy Brothers Shoe Repair for 63 years along the Parsons Avenue Business Corridor of Columbus’ South End. Joseph Nagy walked a block from his Hungarian Village home to this shop daily, until his retirement in 2009.
Why is this site endangered?
The building is vacant with potential for adaptive reuse. The site represents diversity in the city’s cultural inheritance and an opportunity to recognize, remember, and preserve overlooked assets.
Joe Huszar – January 11, 2021
Don’t try to save something just cause it’s old. So many other things have to be considered.
Manley Richard – August 8, 2022
Like what, what else has to be considered?
Especially here on this site, knock it down to have a mty corner lot, your not going to build something new there, the lot isn’t
big enough. It would be nice to see someone put another business in there.
Deanna Chalender – September 16, 2021
Please just stop destroying what’s left of anything historical alone. I remember going in there with my dad to have metal taps put on his shoe soles.
Martha Mercuri – August 5, 2022
I think it is important to learn about historical places likes Nagy’s. The Historical Landmark Walking Tours were a great way to educate folks about the older sites and help to learn about the history of Columbus.