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Architects were highly sought after when designing houses. Not only did they design the houses, but many of them lived in the neighborhood.

Architects such as Joseph Yost of “Yost and Packard” who left a legacy of architecture in the schools, buildings and homes all over Columbus including Orton Hall at Ohio State University and the Ohio State Armory which is pictured below. George Bellows, Sr. who designed many landmark buildings, including what is now the AME Zion Church.

In their ranks was Florence Kenyon Hayden Rector, a female architect ahead of her time. She was the first licensed architect in Ohio and at the age of 25-years-old was commissioned to design a women’s dominatory at Ohio State, which is now known as Oxley Hall.


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