Office and gallery
Interactive map pinpointing the CHS
|Location||717 West Town St., Columbus, Ohio|
|President||Michael A. Frush|
|Public transit access|
|Nearest parking||Surface lot|
The Columbus Historical Society (CHS) is the historical society for Columbus, Ohio, chronicling the city's history. The society office and museum building is located in the Franklinton neighborhood. In 2020, the Columbus Historical Society aims to raise funds to purchase Engine House No. 6 for its first permanent home.
The historical society building has gallery spaces, and holds numerous local history and art exhibits each year. One of these, in 2016, displayed the history of Poindexter Village, the city's first public housing project.
The Columbus Historical Society was founded in 1990.
The historical society was once located on Jefferson Avenue in Downtown Columbus. It moved to a 2,400-square-foot space in the museum COSI in Franklinton in 2012. In 2017, it moved to its own building at 717 West Town St., also in Franklinton. The society considers the neighborhood an appropriate place, given that it was the first non-native settlement in Central Ohio, and is located around numerous historic and cultural sites.In December 2020, it was reported that the society had been working to open its first permanent headquarters in a nearby former fire station, Engine House No. 6. Originally planned to be occupied by CHS and Heritage Ohio, the historical society began an attempt to purchase the building on its own in July 2020.
The society is one of several working to restore the Old Port Columbus Terminal building, the original terminal and airport control tower for what is now known as John Glenn Columbus International Airport.
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COSI, officially the Center of Science and Industry, is a science museum and research center in Columbus, Ohio. Originally opened in 1964, COSI was moved to a 320,000 square feet (30,000 m2) facility designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki along a bend in the Scioto River in the Franklinton neighborhood in 1999. COSI features more than 300 interactive exhibits throughout themed exhibition areas.
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Old North Columbus is a neighborhood located just north of the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. It was founded in 1847 where, at the time, it was a stand-alone city out of the confines of Columbus until it was incorporated into the City of Columbus in 1871. In its early years the city was a popular stagecoach stop with people traveling from Worthington to Columbus. Today Old North Columbus is popular for its local music and its unique "untouched architecture" which is reminiscent of its old roots.
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Engine House No. 6, also known as the East Franklinton Engine House, is a former Columbus Fire Department station in the East Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. The building was constructed in 1892, designed in the Romanesque Revival style by John Flynn. The station was decommissioned in 1966, and served as an electronics store from 1975 to 2014. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016, accompanying planned renovations. The station has been planned to be sold since about 2016, originally to the Columbus Historical Society and Heritage Ohio, though the latter organization now plans to move to the Ohio History Center. The historical society is fundraising to acquire the building.
The General William Henry Harrison Headquarters is a historic building in the East Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and the Columbus Register of Historic Properties in 1985. The brick house was built in 1807 by Jacob Oberdier, one of Franklinton's first settlers. The house became especially important to the area from 1813 to 1814, when General William Henry Harrison, later the 9th President of the United States, used the house as his headquarters. It is the only remaining building in Ohio associated with Harrison.
The Old Port Columbus Terminal, also known as the Old Port Columbus Airport Control Tower, is a historic building in Columbus, Ohio. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It is located on the southeast corner of John Glenn Columbus International Airport, formerly known as Port Columbus International Airport. It was built in 1929 as one of the first airport facilities in the United States. It was replaced by the current facilities in 1958.
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The West Side Spiritualist Church is a historic church building in Franklinton, Columbus, Ohio. The Spiritualist church was built in 1912 for the congregation of Harry Boerstler, who moved to the neighbourhood in 1900 to bring hope to its working-class people. The congregation lasted until about 1948, and the building later housed the Boerstler Memorial Spiritualist Temple and the Greater Christ Temple Apostolic Church. After years of vacancy, the church building is approved to be demolished for affordable housing, to accompany an upscale mixed-use development nearby, despite opposition from preservationists.