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The Columbus Historical Society has saved a historic Columbus fire station.
Engine House No. 6, located at 540 West Broad Street, has been purchased by CHS from the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. CHS plans to use the building as a museum, research library, archival storage facility, and community space once extensive renovations are complete.
According to the Columbus Historical Society, Engine House No. 6 is one of the few remaining historic nineteenth-century structures left in Franklinton. The building was built in 1882 and used by the Columbus Division of Fire until 1966 when it was decommissioned.
The historical society purchased the property for $700,000 with financial support from the City of Columbus, the State of Ohio, the William H. Davis, Dorthy M. Davis, and William C. Davis Foundation, the Jeffrey Company Contributions Committee, The Columbus Foundation, and the Robert W. Stevenson Fund.
The estimated total cost of the project is $2,500,000. The Society has currently raised one-half of that amount and seeks additional support from the community to complete the project. If you’d like to learn more about the property or the Columbus Historical Society, you can visit columbushistory.org.
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