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2009 Ohio Historic Preservation Office Award Recipients

Preservation Merit Award to Campus Apartments, Powers & Company, and the City of Columbus. for the rehabilitation of the 1917 Seneca Hotel, at 361 East Broad Street, in Columbus.


The Seneca Hotel was recently transformed from a vacant eyesore into an attractive apartment building. The 11-story hotel was constructed in 1917 in the English Renaissance Revival Style, with a 4-story addition on the north end of the building.

Designed by architect Frank Packard, it was regarded as one of the city's most luxurious downtown hotels with glitzy suites, lavish ballrooms and a rooftop garden. The building was once the home of the Ohio State University Faculty Club and later was converted to office space for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, which last occupied the building in 1987. The Seneca was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Located within Columbus's Downtown Discovery District, the Seneca now houses 76 studio, one and two-bedroom apartment units and ground floor retail space. Comprising about 120,000 square feet, the rehabilitation of the Seneca exceeded $20 million dollars and utilized a combination of the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit, and Clean Ohio Revitalization Funds to bring about the transformation. Powers & Company of Philadelphia provided historic preservation consulting services on the project working in conjunction with Campus Apartments and Polatnick Zacharjasz architects. The original grand lobby with its expansive two-story paneled wood walls and molded plaster ceiling was meticulously restored. The building now includes a resident lounge, a fitness center, and a yoga room in the restored meeting rooms.

On the exterior, new wood windows on the lower four floors were carefully designed to exactly match the original windows.

The Seneca is surrounded by educational institutions and several cultural facilities. Rehabilitation of the Seneca provides much needed housing to students and faculty of the nearby universities, and has sparked the revitalization of Grant Avenue, an important link to Downtown Columbus.

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