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Preservationists Fighting Plans To Raze Century-Old Bexley Home

Jan 2, 2018

The proposed demolition of a 103-year-old bungalow in Bexley has set off a dispute between the property's new owners and area preservationists.

The Columbus Landmarks Foundation says the home and its architecture are significant to the inner-ring suburb's history and heritage.  John Behal, an architect working for the property owners, told the local architectural review board 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 prove the house isn't historically or architecturally significant. Its 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. Local developer Herb Glimcher and wife bought the South Columbia Avenue home in June for 850 thousand dollars.  Behal's firm has submitted plans for a new home on the site.  Behal has not yet submitted proof the home is not significant. The architectural board's next meeting is January 11.  The original home was designed in 1914 for Theodore Huntington, whose father founded Huntington National Bank.