Novak Funeral Home is today a handsome presence along High Street. The house was built in 1927 by a man named B. F. Patterson, who also built two other near-identical houses on East Dominion for his children—one of brick, and the other a frame colonial house. The house’s architect was V.S. Julian. Patterson was politically active and at one time ran for mayor of Columbus. The house was at one time surrounded by a wrought-iron fence. In 1953 the building became Beechwold Nursing Home, an enterprise which was closed in 1980. The building sat empty for 7 years. Novak purchased it and rehabbed the building, an effort requiring 13 months and who-knows-how-much money.
David and Alta Korn built a home at 4891 High Street, in old Beechwold, in 1920. They had an adopted son named William. The family was adversely affected by the Great Depression and lost their Old Beechwold house in 1932. This photo shows Alta and a child along the river. William raised his family in Clintonville and died in 1986. (Photo courtesy of the Clintonville Historical Society)
Several years back, Gordon Brevoort gave a wonderful presentation to the Clintonville Historical Society about he and his family’s life in Clintonville. The Brevoorts are one of Clintonville’s oldest families, and some still live in the neighborhood.
The old Brevoort homestead has been torn down but I liked the old image of it. (There is a picture of it on page 20 of my book). More from or about the Brevoorts here.
(Documents and photo courtesy of Gordon Brevoort)
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.
You’ll find other information on this web site about the Brevoorts by clicking here.
(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)