Victorian Village: An Overview
Victorian Village is a well-known and much-loved historic neighborhood in Columbus just west of the central Short North Arts District and Italian Village. Popular for its abundance of mature trees, large and historic homes, and proximity to great restaurants and shopping, the neighborhood is an excellent example of urban pride. It was named a historic district by the City of Columbus in 1973, and was given a place on the list of National Historic Places in 1980. As the area’s name implies, it stands out for its many examples of Victorian architecture.
A Bit of Victorian Village History
By 1853, Columbus businessman William Neil had accumulated hundreds of acres of farmland north of downtown Columbus. Upon Neil’s death, his heirs subdivided the land, and its southern portion became Victorian Village, one of the city’s first suburbs. Industrial, manufacturing and residential development followed, with lots reserved mainly for large homes. Victorian, Italianate and Queen Anne architecture predominated by 1920. Soon thereafter, however, interest moved farther into the suburbs and interest in Victorian Village declined. It wasn’t until the early 1970s that the neighborhood began a rebirth under the auspices of the Victorian Village Commission.
Victorian Village Real Estate
Tree-lined streets with landscaped medians; proximity to dining, shopping and entertainment venues; classic historic homes – many of them having national historic landmark status – and the equally historic 32-acre Goodale Park are among the amenities that make Victorian Village one of Columbus’s most desirable neighborhoods. Single-family homes and large homes divided into apartments dominate the landscape here.
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