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The Lazarus family was one of the most prominent Columbus families back in the day. Family patriarch Simon Lazarus opened a one-room men’s clothing store in downtown Columbus back in 1851 and by 1870, the mass manufacturing of men’s uniforms for the Civil War had helped the family business expand to civilian clothing.
From the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, Lazarus was the department store of choice for Columbusites. The store was innovative not only in its products but also in their customer experiences. The store offered both the first escalators and the first air-conditioned store in the United States.
The Lazarus Family had such pull that Fred Lazarus Jr. successfully lobbied President Franklin Roosevelt to permanently fix Thanksgiving as the fourth Thursday in November so that stores could have a reliable timeline to start the holiday shopping season.
But where did this iconic Columbus family call home? Their historic family mansion dates back to 1880 and is located right next to the Topiary Park in downtown Columbus. In 2014, the mansion was renovated into 3 luxury rental apartments, but many historic features were saved, including the grand staircase and the intricate parquet flooring.
The property is currently listed for $890,000 and boasts almost 7,000 square feet in total. Who’s ready to get in there and take a closer look?
Let’s kick things off with this beautiful exterior. Talk about curb appeal!
In case you were wondering, I wasn’t just throwing the term “grand staircase” around up there. It’s really that grand.
Here’s the first glimpse of the intricate parquet flooring.
The home is divided into three separate apartments, and they all have something to love.
In historic properties like these, it’s always fun to imagine what kind of conversations were taking place a hundred years ago.
The archway, the flooring, the open concept… I don’t know to love more.
This little library nook is such a dreamy space.
The other apartments are beautiful and spacious.
The craftmanship is breathtaking.
The property has 6 bedrooms, 6,697 square feet, and is currently listed for $890,000. You can check out the full listing right here.