SOLD OUT-Tour of the Brickler & Eckler Law Building
Jan
20
10:00 AM10:00

SOLD OUT-Tour of the Brickler & Eckler Law Building

The building at the southeast corner of State and Third streets, still referred to by many as the “Old Post Office,” was constructed between 1884 and 1887 to serve as both as the post office and to house federal offices and closed in 1907 in order be substantially enlarged. It reopened in 1912. A post office branch was still in operation in the building until 1975, Rich Simpson, the former Managing Partner of Bricker & Eckler LLP who oversaw the renovation of the building on behalf of the law firm, will conduct the tour.

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Suspicious Neighbors: OSU and Columbus in the Turbulent Sixties
Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

Suspicious Neighbors: OSU and Columbus in the Turbulent Sixties

Author William Shkurti will speak on the evolving relationship between the Columbus community and Ohio State University. Shkurti, adjunct professor in the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at OSU, has both a B.A. economics and a Masters degree from the school and retired as the school’s chief financial officer in 2010. He also served in a number of positions for the State of Ohio, including state budget director from 1985-1987. Shkurti is the author of the 2016 book The Ohio State University in the Sixties: The Unraveling of the Old Order.

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Tour of Smith Brothers Hardware Company Building
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Tour of Smith Brothers Hardware Company Building

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Todd Kemmerer, founding principal of Capitol Equities, will discuss and talk about the renovation of the historic property at 580 North Fourth Street. The 200,000 square foot building was constructed in 1929. The company was founded in Delaware, Ohio, in 1878 by John H. and Thomas F. Smith, and moved to Columbus in 1891. Smith Brothers was the largest hardware supplier in the Midwest during the 1910s. It ceased operations in 1983. Capitol Equities orchestrated and oversaw the redevelopment of the then-vacant building in 1997 with the renovation planned around keeping the building’s original historic value and incorporating new technology. It opened to its first office tenant in 1998 and has been 100 percent occupied consistently since its redevelopment. Visitors will be given a tour of the building and will reconvene in the lobby for a question and answer session before having an opportunity to go up to the Juniper, the new rooftop bar, restaurant and event space with a view of downtown Columbus, afterwards. Free on-site parking is available for the event after 5 p.m. in even numbered spaces in the adjoining lot. 

Free and open to the public!  Reservations are requested, but not required.

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The Ancient American Indian Mounds of Central Ohio
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Ancient American Indian Mounds of Central Ohio

Brad Lepper, curator of archeology at the Ohio History Connection, will speak on the topic of central Ohio earthworks at the Shrum mound in Campbell Memorial Park, 3200 McKinley Avenue. Lepper, who writes a monthly archeology column in the Columbus Dispatch, will talk about the Shrum mound, which is named for the family who occupied the property for generations, the massive mound that stood at the current intersection of Mound and High streets when Columbus was settled and other ancient earthworks in the area, including those near Newark. He will also talk about the Adena culture which is responsible for them. He is the author of the book, Ohio Archaeology: an illustrated chronicle of Ohio's ancient American Indian cultures, published in 2005 by Orange Frazer Press. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of New Mexico and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University. Attendees are invited to bring foldup chairs to the program.

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