High and Gay Streets Historic District

High st, Columbus, OH

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High and Gay Streets Historic District

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The High and Gay Streets Historic District is eligible for the National Register under Criterion A for its association with the late-19th and early-mid 20th century development of a key business corridor in the heart of downtown Columbus from the 1870s to the 1960s; and under Criterion C for its representation ofwork by several noted Columbus architects, especially Richards, McCarty & Bulford, who designed the Citizens Building (47-53 North High Street) and the White Haines Building (80-82 North High Street); and for quality of design and craftsmanship exhibited by resources within the district; most notably, the Ruggery (20-22 Gay Street), New First National Bank (33 North High Street), The Dispatch Printing Company (66 North High Street), and the building at 15-19 East Gay Street. The evolution of the buildings, represented by alterations made to them within the period of significance also physically characterize the continuing dynamic commercial activity during the 1950s and 1960s as business owners sought to modernize and continue to attract customers.

Posted to the NRHP 3-4-2014

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  • August 24, 2014: Added by Dave King

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