Group organizes creative actions to save historic buildings

While Downtown Columbus is busily sprouting new-build apartments and condos, a group of young preservationists is working to focus the community’s attention on old, endangered buildings that reflect the city’s past. Young Ohio Preservationists, an arm of the historic preservationist organization Heritage Ohio, is featured in an article by Erica Thompson in this week’s Columbus Alive. The group organizes historic tours, “heart bombs” in which a building is papered with valentines to draw attention to its plight and other types of advocacy.

According to the article, the group recently organized an email-writing campaign to stop a developer’s proposal to raze the Brewery District mansion that houses the Greater Columbus Antique Mall. The developer, also under pressure from the Columbus Landmarks organization, withdrew that proposal Nov. 1. You can read our October story about the antique mall controversy here.

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