Brevoort brothers Frank Jr., Gordon, and Dale play on a railroad box in or near Worthington, in 1931. (Photo courtesy of Gordon Brevoort)
In another post, I mentioned that Gordon Brevoort had given a presentation to the Clintonville Historical Society on the history of Clintonville. He also made a map of the community as he remembers it in the 1930s.
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(Map courtesy of Gordon Brevoort and the Clintonville Historical Society)
The Sherman Private School existed at 30 Webster Park Avenue in the early 1920s. Webster Park was a King-Thompson housing development and the school may have been an inducement to purchase houses in the area. (Advertisement courtesy of North Broadway Methodist Church)
Perhaps the first house to be built on East Como was this house at 71 East Como. The owner from 1908-1926 said he recalled a little brook that ran near the house and a footbridge leading to High Street.
This house was built by Gilbert Hamilton, a real estate developer, in 1927. It sits on Glen Echo Ravine. The Gilbert Hamilton House is a lovely example of a Tudor Revival house, and displays old construction methods and design. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo courtesy of the homeowner)
Orr Zimmerman, who owned the Olympic Swimming Pool, owned the Tudor-style house that still stands on the northwest corner of Henderson and Olentangy River Road. Zimmerman built the house in 1929 on what was then a 52-acre estate; at the time, Henderson was a country gravel road and Olentangy a narrow two-lane street. The architect was Thomas Tulley. Interior walls were decorated by a New York artist, with beautiful wooded scenes in both the trophy room and the living room. Two Canadian bear cubs, captured on a hunting trip, were raised in a small house on the property. In 1977 the house was a Decorators’ Show House.
This diminutive log structure was built in Meigs County in 1840 and brought to Clintonville in 1937 by Grace McGrath, great-granddaughter of the original owner. The house was put next to McGrath’s home. McGrath was an art teacher at Central High School and she used it as an art studio. Subsequent owners have expanded the house with bathrooms, an updated kitchen and bedroom, and porch. (Photo by Inga Smith, photo displayed courtesy of the homeowner)
Don Hutslar, in his book Log Construction in the Ohio Country 1750–1850, differentiates between log cabins, which were intended to be temporary, and log houses, which were intended to serve as a home and were consequently sturdier, larger, perhaps taller. I wonder how many log homes there are in Clintonville, covered by contemporary siding. I have been told that there is one at 232 West North Broadway, on the north side of West North Broadway, east of the river.
In the early part of the twentieth century, many Clintonville organizations and churches held minstrel shows, as fundraisers and for entertainment. I chose not to sanitize minstrel shows from my book, because they were an authentic part of Clintonville’s history, albeit the part we are all glad we’ve done away with. I regret any offense or hurt caused by these pictures.
This cute gas station was located at the northern end of the Olentangy Village shopping area in 1939. Today, it is Giorgio’s restaurant. Is today’s restaurant the same (original) building? I think so. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Goodrich)