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  • Architects: Frank L. Packard, Columbus
  • 1905
  • 8 East Long Street
  • Renovation: David C. Hughes, Columbus, 1982

Originally built at a cost of $500,000, this skyscraper has some of the most exuberant terra-cotta ornamentation in downtown Columbus, and it is probably the city’s best remaining example of decorative terra-cotta.  Remarkably narrow for its length, the building measures five by fifteen bays.  As a result, its visual impact varies depending on whether you are looking at its west or its south side, as the north and east sides were not intended to be exposed due to adjacent construction, which was subsequently demolished. The architectural composition is a classic early skyscraper: a rusticated three-story base, seven stories of regularly-spaced punched window openings, and a highly decorated top tier trimmed in stone with a bold, bracketed cornice.  The cornice is remarkable for both its height and projection.  In recent history, the storefronts were skillfully rehabilitated using precast colored concrete.