History of Housing in Central Ohio

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Columbus, the now capital of and most populous city in Ohio, has had a rich history of housing and architecture in its relatively short lifespan. The city was officially founded in 1812 after 20 acres of land were donated specifically for the purpose of creating a new capital city. Earlier settlers in the area included the Native Americans, French, Canadians, and British, but very few people had erected permanent dwellings and shops.

Initially, the first permanent structures were built and centered around the intersection of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers. By 1813, the penitentiary was built, followed by the first church, school, newspaper, and statehouse in 1914. The town became officially incorporated in 1816 after an influx of people decided to settle in the area.

As the city began to grow, neighborhoods formed, and distinct architectural styles began to emerge. While these buildings may not be classified as “old” when compared to the historic settlements of Massachusetts or Virginia, each unique building has its own stories and stands as a triumph of the past.

Take German Village. German settlers funded their own private neighborhood in 1814 on the city’s South side. Not only did they erect their own homes in styles giving a nod to the nostalgia of Germany, but they also provided important labor for public buildings around the city.

Dublin, on the other hand, was built by a primarily Irish population who brought traditional UK style to Columbus back in the 1820s. Today, much of the Dublin neighborhood is made to look old, though there are several historic houses and shops tucked away for the discerning eye to spot.

Columbus’ expansion eventually absorbed other towns which had been in existence even before Columbus was founded. Worthington, for example, was founded as a collection of houses in 1808 and now has the most listings in central Ohio on the National Register of Historic Places.

Every building has a story; your home included! If you’re looking to explore more of Columbus’ housing options or are thinking of selling your home, call John Buys Houses today.