Columbus Landmarks

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Columbus Landmarks Foundation
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Columbus Landmarks
Location57 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio
Coordinates 39°57′55″N82°59′06″W / 39.965336°N 82.985137°W / 39.965336; -82.985137 Coordinates: 39°57′55″N82°59′06″W / 39.965336°N 82.985137°W / 39.965336; -82.985137
PresidentPeter Krajnak
CEORebecca F. Kemper

The Columbus Landmarks Foundation, known as Columbus Landmarks, is a nonprofit historic preservation organization in Columbus, Ohio. The foundation is best-known for its list of endangered sites in the city and its annual design award, given to buildings, landscapes, and other sites created or renovated in Columbus.



The organization was founded in July 1977. [1] It had its origins with the demolition of Union Station, the Daniel Burnham-designed train station torn down in the 1970s. [2] Local residents were disappointed with the destruction of numerous iconic buildings, which had set the city apart from others of its size, including Union Station, the Central Market, the second Franklin County Courthouse, the Deshler Hotel, and the Peruna Building. [3]

Around 1980, the organization was headquartered at 22 N. Front St., a small office space decorated with photographs of Union Station and desktops adorned with terra cotta remnants of the train station arcade. It had about 650 members, three part-time, and two full-time staff, as well as a large group of volunteers. [3]

In 2018, the foundation changed branding, including the design of a new logo which features the Union Station arch. [4]


The Columbus Landmarks Foundation has 1,500 members and corporations. [1] The organization is headquartered at 57 Jefferson Avenue, part of the Jefferson Avenue Center in Downtown Columbus. [5] Activities include hosting about 75 tours and events each year and publishing an annual list of endangered sites in the city. The foundation also awards the Ed Lentz Prize for history and preservation projects, created in honor of its Director Emeritus in 2019; he is considered the preeminent Columbus historian. [1]

The Columbus Landmarks Foundation has two funds for preservation of central Ohio buildings, both announced in 2020. Its endangered properties fund is for purchasing or securing options for historic buildings at risk of demolition, and is funded by a $200,000 bequest made in 2009 from a family fund at the Columbus Foundation. Properties purchased are to be resold along with a preservation easement to owners aiming to preserve the property. Proceeds from the resale are to be returned to the fund. The other fund, for home preservation loans, provides loans with low interest rates to homeowners wishing to repair and maintain historic houses. The fund is aimed toward affordable neighborhoods, rather than upper-class areas like Victorian Village and German Village. The initial funding was $100,000 from a personal estate. [6]

The organization's first revolving fund for rehabilitating buildings was initiated around 1980. The first project using the fund was rehabilitation of 1063, 1065, and 1435 Oak Street, National Register-listed properties. [3]

Endangered properties list

Columbus Landmarks publishes an annual list of the most endangered properties in the city. The list is aimed to raise awareness to the sites' history and redevelopment potential. [1] The endangered site list was first released in May 2014. [7]

Design award

Columbus Landmarks also hosts the annual James B. Recchie Design Award, given to quality urban designs for new and existing buildings, parks, public art, and other spaces. The award was first given in 1984, in memory of one of the organization's founding trustees. [8]

Award winners include: [9]

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Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Library
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Columbus Museum of Art
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Ohio Statehouse

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