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Yost & Packard was an architectural firm based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. The firm included partners Joseph W. Yost and Frank Packard. It was founded in 1892 and continued until Yost moved to New York City in 1899, after which Packard took up practice in his own name. [1]


The firm was known for many public buildings, and the prolific use of masonry, especially Berea sandstone, along with tile roofs with flared eaves, polygonal turrets, and intricate ornamentation. Their works resemble elements of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture blended with the creative Victorian works of Frank Furness. [1]

Selected works

Notable works by Yost & Packard include: [2]

In Columbus

Historical nameImageAddressDate completedStatusNotes
Armory and Gymnasium
Columbus, Ohio LOC 07a.tif
60 N. Oval Drive1898Demolished [3]
Biological Building
Biological Hall on the OSU campus.jpg
101 S. Oval Drive1898Demolished [4]
Boiler and Power Houses1961 Bohannan Drive1892, 1896DemolishedAlso known as the Brown Hall Annex [5]
Botanical Building
Botanical Hall, The Ohio State University.jpg
181 S. Oval Drive1892Demolished [6]
Broad Street M.E. Church
Broad Street United Methodist Church.jpg
501 E. Broad Street1885In use National Register and Columbus Register-listed
Chemical Laboratory
Chemistry Building 2, The Ohio State University.jpg
154 N. Oval Drive1891DemolishedAlso known as Chemistry Building No. 2. [7]
Children's Hospital
Children's Hospital in Columbus-crop.jpg
Fair & Miller Avenues1893DemolishedOriginal location of the modern-day Nationwide Children's Hospital [8]
Columbus Auditorium
Columbus Auditorium.jpg
W. Goodale Street1897DemolishedExtensively remodeled existing building
Columbus Central St. Ry. Office Building
Columbus Railway, Power & Light office 01.jpg
842 Cleveland Avenue1890sVacant
Columbus Central St. Ry. Power House
Columbus Railway, Power & Light complex 01.png
Cleveland & Reynolds Avenues1894Demolished
Eastwood Congregational
Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church.jpg
1080 E. Broad Street1892In useNow the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church
The Great Southern Hotel and The Great Southern Opera (advisory)
Great Southern, Columbus.jpg
310 S. High Street1896In use National Register and Columbus Register-listed
The Hanna Paint Company building
Hanna Paint Company building.jpg
111 E. Long StreetDemolished
Hayes Hall
Hayes Hall, Ohio State University -- Columbus, Ohio.jpg
108 N. Oval Mall1893In use National Register-listed, OSU building
Hotel Chittenden and Henrietta Theater
Chittenden Hotel, Columbus, Ohio.png
205 N. High Street1895Demolished
Masonic Temple
Columbus Athenaeum.jpg
34 N. 4th Street1898In use National Register-listed. One among several initial architects before further expansions [9]
Mt. Vernon Ave. M.E. Church
M. E. Church, Mt. Vernon Ave. and 18th St., Columbus, O.jpg
Mt. Vernon Avenue and 18th StreetDemolished
Neil Ave. M.E. Church
Neil Ave Church 2022.jpg
610 Neil AvenueIn useNow The Sanctuary on Neil [10]
Neil House (remodeling)41 S. High StreetDemolished
O.L. Rankin house
Hutchinson Hall 02.jpg
98 Buttles AvenueDemolishedAlso known as the E.W. Vance house and as Hutchinson Hall, nurse's home for White Cross Hospital [11]
Orton Hall
Orton Hall from the Oval.jpg
155 Oval Drive South1893In use National Register-listed, OSU building
Peter Sells House
Circus House 2022.jpg
755 Dennison Avenue1895In use National Register-listed
Public School Library
Columbus Public School Library 01.jpg
4 E. Town Street1892DemolishedRemodeled former church
Second German M.E. Church
Gates-Fourth United Methodist Church 02.jpg
119 E. Gates StreetIn useNow Gates-Fourth United Methodist Church
St. Francis R. C. Church
Saint Francis of Assisi Church (Columbus, Ohio) - exterior, quarter view.jpg
386 Buttles Avenue1896In useAlso known as St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
T&OC Passenger Station
Columbus, OH train station.jpg
379 W. Broad Street1895In use National Register-listed
Town Street M.E. Church
First Methodist Church photograph.jpg
873 Bryden Road1900In useNow the First AME Zion Church [12]
Twenty-Third Street School
Columbus Illustrated (69b).jpg
1235 Mt. Vernon Avenue1888DemolishedLater known as Mount Vernon Junior High School
Universalist Church
Unitarian Universalist Church building.jpg
331 E. State Street1891Demolished
YMCA Building
Old Columbus YMCA.jpg
34 S. 3rd Street1893DemolishedMoved to the Downtown YMCA building in 1923; site now occupied by the Columbus Dispatch Building

Additionally, the Charles Frederick Myers house in Columbus is suspected to be a Yost & Packard work. [13]

Outside Columbus

Historical nameImageAddressDate completedStatusNotes
Harrison County Courthouse
Harrison County Courthouse Ohio.jpg
100 W. Market Street, Cadiz, Ohio 1895In useNational Register-listed [14]
Westerville High School-Vine Street School
Westerville High School-Vine Street School 2012-09-24 12-59-41.jpg
44 N. Vine Street, Westerville, Ohio 1896In useNow the Emerson Elementary School. National Register-listed. [14]
Wood County Courthouse and Jail
Wood County Courthouse Main Entrance Towers.jpg
1 Court House Square, Bowling Green, Ohio 1896In useNational Register-listed [14]
First Church of Christ, Scientist
United Missionary Baptist Church of Toledo.jpg
2704 Monroe Street, Toledo, Ohio 1898In useNational Register-listed [14]
Odd Fellows' Home for Orphans, Indigent and Aged
Odd Fellows' Home for Orphans, Indigent and Aged front.jpg
Springfield, Ohio 1898In useNational Register-listed [14]
St. Joseph's Catholic School
St. Joseph's Catholic School, Wapakoneta.jpg
Wapakoneta, Ohio 1899In useNational Register-listed [14]
Wyandot County Courthouse and Jail
Ohio - Wyandot County Courthouse.jpg
Upper Sandusky, Ohio1900In useNational Register-listed [14]
Loewenstein and Sons Hardware Building
Loewenstein Bldg Apr 09.JPG
Charleston, West Virginia 1900In useNational Register-listed [14]
Marion County Court House
Marion County Courthouse Fairmont.jpg
Fairmont, West Virginia 1900In useNational Register-listed [14]
Franklin College Building No. 5
Franklin Museum New Athen Ohio.jpg
New Athens, Ohio 1900In useNational Register-listed [14]

Additionally, the firm designed the First Presbyterian Church, Urbana High School, the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot, and a barn for Frank Chance at 438 Scioto Street, and the house of Mrs. M.J. Laudenbach (524 Scioto Street), all in Urbana, Ohio. [15] In St. Marys, Ohio, the firm designed the Grand Opera House (105-113 W. Spring St., 1895, extant) and the Gustave Bamberger residence (225 South Wayne Street, built 1895, extant). [2]

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