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Ohio Institution for Education of the Blind

 
 
Ohio Institution for Education of the Blind Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., March 15, 2009
1. Ohio Institution for Education of the Blind Marker
Inscription. This nine acres of land was purchased by the citizens of Columbus in 1837, and deeded to the state for use as the Ohio School for the Blind. The first building, designed by N. B. Kelly and occupied in October 1839, was replaced by the current building designed by William Tinsley. Occupied on May 21, 1874, the massive four story sandstone structure, with a mansard roof, once had a tower rising three additional stories above the current height and had pointed spires on the north and south ends. Among those educated here are jazz notables “Rahsaan Roland” Kirk and Art Tatum. Directly across the street was the birth place of writer James Thurber.
 
Erected 1992 by Arts Foundation of Olde Towne and Community Quest '92 Fund.
 
Location. 39° 57.564′ N, 82° 58.911′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on Parsons Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus OH 43215, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bryden Road Historic District (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hannah Neil Mission And Home For The Friendless (approx.
240 Parsons Avenue Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., March 15, 2009
2. 240 Parsons Avenue Marker
Built 1874 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. Placed December 2008 by Columbus Public Health.
0.2 miles away); Kelton House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Snowden- Gray House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Deaf School Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Topiary Garden (approx. 0.4 miles away); George Bellows / Roy Lichtenstein (approx. 0.4 miles away); Donn Vickers Gazebo in Thurber Park (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkEducationGovernmentLandmarksNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
<i> State School for the Blind, Columbus, Ohio</i> Photo, Click for full size
By E.C.Kropp, circa 1910
3. State School for the Blind, Columbus, Ohio
The tower and north and south spires, now missing, are visible here.
Ohio Institution for Education of the Blind Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., March 15, 2009
4. Ohio Institution for Education of the Blind Marker
240 Parsons Avenue Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., March 15, 2009
5. 240 Parsons Avenue
 
 
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