J. T. Herrick Saloon

October 3rd, 2008

Ed Herrick’s saloon, at 2568 North High Street in 1900. (Photo courtesy of Frank Jones.)

Kellar Barns & Livery Stable

October 3rd, 2008

Kellar Barns & Livery Stable, rear of 2650 North High Street, in 1900. (Photocopy courtesy of Frank Jones.)

Let’s Go Krogering!

October 3rd, 2008

The second business north from the northwest corner of Hudson and North High Street, at 2579 North High Street, was Kroger’s. Look at the books lining the north side of the store! Frank Jones was the butcher and manager of the store. (Photo courtesy of Frank Jones.)

Are You Ready for the Football?

October 3rd, 2008

Here’s the 1908 Old North Columbus Boy’s Football Team. Top row: Lee Billing, Pick, Bud Campbell. Center Row: Daygo Matthews, Art Rodes, Harold Caine. Also in picture: Nate McCoy, Charles M. Jones, Gazaway Moccabee. (Photo courtesy of Frank Jones.)

“One Look Means a Lot”

October 3rd, 2008

Fallis Road in the Dominion Park Addition, in 1913, showing office, sidewalks and forms set ready for curb and gutter. –from Dominion Land Company Columbus Home News July 1913, Volume 1 Number 4.


October 3rd, 2008

Sam Roshon, a former history department librarian at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, wrote this article about the original zoo for the present Columbus Zoo. The two zoos aren’t related except by sharing in the happy memories of Clintonville residents.

Gatekeeper’s House

October 3rd, 2008

This wonderful arts and crafts-styled home on West Beechwold Boulevard was the gatekeeper’s house for the Columbus Zoo, originally located where Old Beechwold is today. It was renovated in the 1990s in the Arts and Crafts style and still has the original cistern.

Joseph Jeffrey House

October 3rd, 2008

Joseph A. Jeffrey, a Columbus manufacturer, built this house around 1906 as a summer home. The land had previously been a zoo. Jeffrey’s wife called their estate Beechwalde, meaning “beech forest.” Jeffrey sold his property in 1914 to Charles H. Johnson, a Columbus land developer, who changed the name to Beechwold (because it was easier to spell) and sold plots for $1200. (Photo courtesy of the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries)

Jeffrey Outbuilding

October 3rd, 2008

The old barn, an outbuilding of the Columbus Zoo, and eventually the Jeffrey summer home in Beechwalde, still stands and was remodeled, on the request of the homeowners, by students at the Interior Design Institute in 1983 for use as a guest house. (Photo courtesy of Terry Miller)


October 3rd, 2008

The photos you are seeing here are lovely images of the Beechwold area (west side of High Street) before, or as, the land was being developed into the housing subdivision we know today as “Old Beechwold.” Some of these photos were later used in a promotional brochure–a lovely brochure called “Beechwold the Beautiful,” with a dark green heavy paper cover tied with dark green string with engravings by the Bucher Engraving Co., illustrations and text by Stacy G. Taylor, and printed by the Stoneman Press Company. This same brochure has recently been reprinted by the TWIG organization for use as a fundraiser.

Why the spelling change? Previous owners Joseph Jeffrey had named his country estate “Beechwalde,” and it was changed to “Beechwold” for marketing purposes (=easier to spell) when the land was subdivided and sold for housing units by Charles Johnson.

These photographs were given to me by the granddaughter of Frank Sweigart; Frank worked for Charles F. Johnson for eight years. I am mounting the Beechwold photos in several postings to facilitate some comparisons.

(Images courtesy of Karen Sweigart Longava)

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