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Ohio Governor's Mansion/
Lindenburg House –
Place — Ohio Governor's Mansion/Lindenburg
1234 East Broad Street
Ohio Governor's Mansion/Lindenburg House web site
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The Old Governor's Mansion/Lindenburg House
proudly sits on East Broad Street, between Governor's Place and
Around the turn-of-the-century, E. Broad
Street was the place to build mansions for the well-to-do. East
Broad Street became "the major residential corridor and east-west
axis in Columbus during Broad Street's major period of growth and
development from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-1930s."
In 1904, this Neo-Georgian, eclectic brick
and stone mansion, designed by well-known architect Frank Packard
was built, soon to be right next door to buggy and tire manufacture
Joseph Firestone's mansion, that was built two years later, in
From 1904-1920, this brick and stone
masterpiece was home to entrepreneur, newspaperman Charles
Lindenburg, who was also president of the Lillia Regalia Co., which
produced flags and bunting.
In 1920 the state of Ohio bought
Lindenburg's mansion, turning it into their state residence for
future governors. After 37 years of service, to 10 governors, it
again was put on the housing market when a new governor's mansion,
known as The Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden was
built in the suburbs of Columbus, in Bexley, Ohio.
The mansion was zoned for commercial use,
and a variety of businesses moved in, including an event venue
business, a restaurant, and a hair salon. The Ohio Historical
Society also used this mansion as their headquarters at some point
in time. The building stood empty, between various businesses.
Then, The Columbus Landmarks Foundation
bought this property, and made it their headquarters for a number
of years, stabilizing its condition. However, the maintenance needs
alone for this turn-of-the-century mansion must have been a chunk
of change, and the neighborhood was in need of revitalization. To
fully restore this old structure would be even more expensive, a
tall order to fill for a non-profit organization, who also have
other historical buildings to raise funds for, and help save.
Sometime in the late 1990s, The Columbus
Landmarks Foundation put this structure on the market, with the
hopes of finding a buyer who would be wiling to do a restoration. A
non-profit organization, Columbus Foundation, who helps people give
wisely to philanthropic causes, bought this 1904 fixer-upper
opportunity, to be their new headquarters in this funky part of
town, in need of restoration and renewal.
A few years later in 1999, The Columbus
Foundation bought the grand old dame, the Joseph Firestone Mansion
from their neighbor, an architect, who had hoped that the
foundation would be wiling to restore this house as well.
Columbus Foundation did indeed fulfill
their promise in restoring and renovating the public spaces of the
Old Governor's Mansion/Lindenburg House in 2007, and probably doing
the needed maintenance of the other non-public spaces, to the tune
of a million dollars.
However, the long in the tooth Joseph
Firestone Mansion wasn't so lucky. Columbus Foundation wound up
tearing it down to make room for their expansion project, "to help
us to better serve our donors and the community."
The Columbus Foundation did meet with a
committee of experts from the Columbus Landmarks Foundation and
other interested parties, and considered their plans to make this
mansion commercially feasible, but decided against it. It would've
cost $2.5 million to restore it, about 4 times the worth of the
house and land. "The house's structure made it too impractical and
expensive to be converted to meet the foundation's needs."
Though the Columbus Foundation is
considered to be dastardly villains for tearing down this mansion,
they did restore the old Governor's Mansion/Lindenburg House, and
will also tear down the tobacco road quality gas station, located
on the other side of the Firestone Mansion, ridding the
neighborhood of a ghastly eye-sore!
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
From clues presented in the known
manifestations, it seems that perhaps a servant of the Lindenburg
family must have had an unfortunate accident where she may have
suffered burns and died from them. Perhaps her clothing somehow
caught fire in the kitchen, or from a spark from a fireplace or
perhaps by a candle in another room.
People who had died unexpectedly from a
dumb accident or illness have been known to stick around their
homes, not ready to go to the other side.
( Saint James Hotel * Stevenson House * T'Freres House * Gibbs House )
One known female spirit has made this
mansion her eternal home.
The female entity of a maid, or perhaps a
housekeeper, dressed in turn-of-the-century clothing befitting her
station has been seen wandering the halls and rooms of the mansion,
going about her business, while keeping an eye on the living.
This female apparition is clearly seen as a
black woman who is dressed in a blue dress, in various parts of the
The living throughout the years have
smelled the unmistakable odor of burning hair/and probably
This entity is more than an impression and
is an active spirit who has taken an interest in the mansion's
decor and renovation/maintenance work done throughout the
She has been known to take pictures off
walls she didn't like.
She appeared in full form in front of a
staff member/employee and spoke to this person, expressing how
happy she was with the renovations being done on the mansion.
While no paranormal investigations have
been conducted in this building, eye witness accounts still testify
to her presence. She must be really happy now that the mansion has
been restored/renovated in the public areas and maintained in
other parts of the building.
Perhaps other spirits may join her, now
that the Joseph Firestone Mansion was torn down. Time will
Ohio Governor's Mansion on Forgotten Ohio.com * Columbus Buggy Company on Touring-Ohio.com * "Power Philanthropy" page on Columbus Foundation.org * "GET UPSET – Firestone Mansion to be Demolished" – article on Columbus Independent.blogspot.com