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Found on FB. The aerial is circa 1970. The proposed tower was to be 700’ tall. Kind of glad it wasn’t built. The Statehouse grounds look barren because construction of the underground parking garage was recently completed. There are several industrial buildings behind the old vets and central high. And the old Hartman Hotel is still standing at State and 3rd.

 

 

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On 6/10/2019 at 8:58 AM, Pablo said:

Found on FB. The aerial is circa 1970. The proposed tower was to be 700’ tall. Kind of glad it wasn’t built. The Statehouse grounds look barren because construction of the underground parking garage was recently completed. There are several industrial buildings behind the old vets and central high. And the old Hartman Hotel is still standing at State and 3rd.

 

 

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What FB page did you find this on? This is the first I've heard of this tower that was proposed. 

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I have an odd obsession with finding old pictures of current buildings throughout Columbus while they were under construction. Here are some that I've found through the library's digital photo collection.

 

First, you can't talk about Columbus without mentioning OSU football or the Horshoe (1922):

 

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Next up, our tallest building, Rhodes Tower, with a guest appearance by the Continental Center (1971-1973):

 

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One Columbus Center under construction as well as the early stages of construction of Riffe Tower (1987):

 

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AEP building closing in on the finish line (1983):

 

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Columbia Gas HQ under construction in the distance (1983):

 

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SERS Building (2000):

 

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Fifth Third Center (1997-98):

 

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Nationwide Building in the foreground with the PNC Building in the background (1977)

 

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Closer view of PNC Building construction (1976)

 

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Northbank Tower Condos (2007):

 

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Does anyone have old photos of roadway layouts or under construction? Being newer to the area, I never realized until recently just how different even the roads were connecting Spring and Long (33) to 315. Thanks to the historic aerials website it gives a clearer picture just how much things have changed.

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23 minutes ago, GCrites80s said:

Oops, sorry for not crediting you.

I'm just perpetually amused when I'm referenced/cited here.

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From Facebook - 315 construction at W North Broadway and Olentangy River Rd circa 1980. Photo by David E Lucas, the City of Columbus photographer at the time.

 

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A photo I snapped in 1988 I think driving east on 70. The county tower is under construction as is the 500 S Front building on the right side of the photo. 

 

 

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On 9/28/2019 at 4:27 PM, Pablo said:

A photo I snapped in 1988 I think driving east on 70. The county tower is under construction as is the 500 S Front building on the right side of the photo. 

 

 

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I have been looking all over for a picture of this tower under construction and have never been able to find one. Thanks for posting! 

 

I love pictures of different parts of the city under construction (as you can see in my post further up the thread), so this is pretty cool. 

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the number one north high tower proposal find is really interesting -- i never heard of it, but am not surprised either. i suspected there were other state office tower type proposals over the years. being "designed" at the nadir era of american architecture, that one was naturally very unattractive, so good that it wasn't built.

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Maybe not a true historical photo but I found this LP at half priced books today. I love that the never built Christopher Inn tower and spire is featured on the cover. The Bob Allen Trio was a regular performer at the Inn. 

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On 10/2/2019 at 1:21 PM, cbussoccer said:

 

I have been looking all over for a picture of this tower under construction and have never been able to find one. Thanks for posting! 

 

I love pictures of different parts of the city under construction (as you can see in my post further up the thread), so this is pretty cool. 

 

How about this? 1964 construction of the City National Bank Columbus Center (now Chase) at Broad and 3rd. It’s amazing the 25 story building took just over a year to build!

 

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On 10/3/2019 at 9:38 PM, Pablo said:

Maybe not a true historical photo but I found this LP at half priced books today. I love that the never built Christopher Inn tower and spire is featured on the cover. The Bob Allen Trio was a regular performer at the Inn. 

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Here's one song from this set:

 

 

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1 hour ago, GCrites80s said:

Fulton Expressway, interesting.

 

Every freeway had a name

 

 

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21 years ago Lamar Hunt broke ground for a new $28.5M stadium. Without the stadium, Columbus would have lost the team. Today, we break ground on a beautiful new $300M downtown stadium. Without this stadium, and the Haslam and Edwards families, we would lose the team.

 

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