Frank Packard, architectural realities of a Midwestern architect

by Maureen McCabe on November 7, 2010

“Frank Packard, architectural realties of a Midwestern architect” is the name of an event at the McConnell Arts Center tonight,  November 7,2010 at 7:00 pm.

” Join us for a presentation by Barbara Powers, Department Head, Inventory & Registration, Ohio Historic Preservation Office, Ohio Historical Society,  who will provide a look at Packard’s architectural designs from the 1890s – 1920s.  Key buildings and projects of his career will be examined…”

The presentation is free.

Frank Packard was born in Delaware and lived in Columbus during his adult life.  He designed commercial and residential properties in Central Ohio and elsewhere in the 1890s to the 1920s.

The Peggy R.  McConnell Arts Center, known as the MAC in Worthington was designed by Packard.  It was built as the Worthington High School.  Later when it was replaced by the building to the west which is now Thomas Worthington High School, I believe it was a middle school… Or perhaps it was used as an elementary school at some point before Evening Street Elementary School was built.  Did you ever go to school there?

When I moved to Central Ohio, the brick building on the corner of  Dublin Granville Road and Evening St. was known as the Packard Annex?  Or Packard Building?

I took a number of architecture classes in college but I don’t believe I knew of Packard.  Really until they started redoing the building for the MAC, I don’t believe I knew who Packard was.   He was very prolific, he built lots of buildings at OSU, did a plan for OSU,  he built downtown Columbus hotels, office buildings and residences in Upper Arlington, Bexley, Columbus.  The train station on W. Broad St., was designed by Packard.  The Sells House in Victorian Village facing Goodale Park was built by Packard.

According to their site,  the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington (MAC) is:

“a  20,000 sq. foot building with a 213 seat theatre, an exhibition gallery, four classrooms, a digital imaging studio, a dance studio and rotating exhibitions sprinkled throughout the facility.”

The presentation on Frank Packard, a Midwestern architect is just one of ’365 Things to do in Columbus Ohio.’   The presentation is sponsored in partnership with the Worthington Historical Society.  Did you know the Worthington Historical Society is on Facebook?  So is the MAC.

Did I mention the event is FREE!

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