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Property Name High and Gay Streets Historic District
Reference Number 14000041
State Ohio
County Franklin
Town Columbus
Street Address Multiple Addresses
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 3/4/2014
Areas of Significance commerce, architecture
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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.


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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria