Olde Towne East
Today, many old stately homes are being restored and young professionals are moving in and renovating. The area has over 1,000 homes and over 50 different architectural styles including Victorian, Italianate, Gothic Revival, and Queen Anne. If you would like an opportunity to tour the neighborhood, you're in luck! Since 1982, the residents of Olde Towne East and volunteers have organized an annual tour of homes. From stately mansions, century-old churches, and art deco penthouses, the annual Summer Tour of Historic Homes takes visitors on a journey through history.
What is now known as Olde Towne East was first laid out as a portion of The Town of Columbus in 1812. Nestled between Franklin Park and Downtown, the Olde Towne East community is one of Columbus' oldest neighborhoods, and is currently experiencing a rebirth. Following the Civil War, the east had experienced a massive population boom, which transformed the area from farmhouses to a subdivision in the 1870s. Many of the houses were removed to make way for more storefronts. It was once called "the silk stocking district" because it was the preferred neighborhood for wealthy Columbus citizens.