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Historic bungalow in Ohio suburb sparks preservation fight

Bexley is notable for its many large homes, including the Ohio Governor’s Residence and the home of the Ohio State University president. John Behal, an architect working for the property owners, told the local architectural review board that destroying ...

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BEXLEY, Ohio (AP) — The proposed demolition of a 103-year-old bungalow in suburban Columbus has set off a dispute between the property’s new owners and area preservationists. The Columbus Landmarks Foundation has argued that the Bexley home and its architecture are significant to the inner-ring suburb’s history and heritage, The Columbus Dispatch reported . Foundation Executive Director Becky West said more than just this home is at stake. “Bexley is a beautiful, historic neighborhood, and we believe this sets a dangerous precedent for a domino effect,” she said. Most Read StoriesSeahawks free agents: An early look at who may stay and who may goStraightening of curve at Amtrak derailment site in Dupont had not been state priorityMan banned from Alaska Air after alleged harassmentDedicated Lacey firefighter, dead at 40, was passionate role model for girlsBoeing unveils drone capable of landing on aircraft carrier, as Navy competition heats upUnlimited Digital Access $1 for 4 weeks.Bexley is notable for its many large homes, including the Ohio Governor’s Residence and the home of the Ohio State University president. John Behal, an architect working for the property owners, told the local architectural review board that destroying the century-old bungalow would not be an architectural loss to Bexley because its interior is significantly deteriorated and many other bungalows exist in the city. The board cleared the demolition in October on condition the owners can prove the house isn’t historically or architecturally significantIts approval was also contingent on signing off on the plans for the replacement home and assuring photos are taken of the historic home’s interior before it is razed. Franklin County property records show Herb Glimcher, 90, and wife Dee Dee, 72, bought the home on South Columbia Avenue in June for $850,000Herb Glimcher founded what became WP Glimcher, a Columbus-based real estate organization. Behal’s firm has submitted plans for a new 4,418-square-foot, $1.2 million home on the site. The original home was designed by Howell & Thomas, a notable Columbus architecture firm, in 1914 for Theodore SHuntington, whose father, P.WHuntington, founded Huntington National Bank. After his father’s retirement, Theodore went on to become the bank’s board chairman and directorHe died in 1937 at age 63 and the 3,488-square-foot house remained in the Huntington family until the 1950s. West said in a letter to Bexley officials that the home’s steeply pitched roof, classical columns and generous front porch made for a simple but groundbreaking design for its timeIn the early 1900s, bungalows were transitioning from summer homes into year-round homes for the wealthy, designed to provide harmony with nature. Behal has not yet submitted proof the home is not significant, the newspaper reportedThe architectural board’s next meeting is Jan11. ___ Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, The Associated Press Next StoryRural Minnesota hospitals lack sign-language interpreters Previous StoryNon-profit’s simulated town hands kids the keys to a city // PROD-1622 Outbrain AB Test // Have to disable outbrain from running at this point based on optimizely test booleans (function() { if ( SEATIMESCO.hasOwnProperty('outbrain') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.hasOwnProperty('enabled') && SEATIMESCO.outbrain.enabled === false ) { var outbrain = null; outbrain = document.querySelector('.OUTBRAIN[data-widget-id="AR_6"]'); if (outbrain !== null ) { outbrain.parentNode.removeChild(outbrain); } } })(); Contact Newsroom staff list FAQ Contact form About the company Seattle Restaurant Week Newspapers in Education Fund for the Needy Employment Historical Archives Pulitzers Company information Permissions Seattle Times Store Advertise Classifieds Autos Homes Obituary Jobs Media Kit Advertise with Us Subscriber Services Subscribe Activate Account Manage Subscription Place Temporary Hold Report Delivery Issue Make a Payment Print Replica Today’s Front Page Facebook Twitter RSS Feeds Newsletters Mobile Apps Subscribe

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