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Lost Mansions Of Columbus: The Frisbie Mansion

In the late 1800s, one of the most beautiful private residences in Columbus was built.

Designed by Architect H. A. Linwaite, the sprawling mansion was constructed for Mary L. Frisbie, the widow of a prominent hardware merchant.

Located at 750 E Broad Street, the home was truly stunning. Designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, the main home had over 12,000 square feet of living space. Even the carriage house at the back of the property was larger than most homes today, coming in at 5,700 square feet.

With beautiful stone quarried from Marble Cliff, the estate towered over Broad Street. Although Mrs. Frisbie had commissioned the home, she didn’t live in it long. She eventually sold the home to Frederick W. Schumacher.

Schumacher immigrated to the united states in 1873 and made his money as the head of advertising for the Peruna Drug Company. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because the Peruna Drug Company belonged to Samual Hartman whose own beautiful Columbus mansion has since been demolished.

Schumacher was a patron of the arts in Columbus, acting as the president of the Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts from 1904 to `923 and founder of the Schumacher Gallery at Capital University.

When Mr. Schumacher passed away in 1957, The Frisbie was demolished shortly after in 1961 to make way for a shopping center. Unfortunately, the shopping center fell through and the lot remained empty until a medical building was constructed on the site in the mid-1980s.

That building was eventually torn down and now the site is home to a new apartment building named The Frisbie.