Have You Done the German Village Art Walk?

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Have you Done the German Village Art Walk? Even if you are a frequent visitor or a native, this self-guided audio tour will give you the background, fascinating stories, and show you the public art gems you may have missed! The German Village Art Walk celebrates this beautiful community, the first historically designated neighborhood in Columbus, located just south of Downtown. Filled with German-American culture, names, and even foods, German Village is a favorite destination for natives and tourists alike. The Art Walk strongly features the local architecture, including German Village’s many limestone post-and-lintel construction buildings, Dutch doubles, and brick cottages. All of these styles are typical of, and common to the area. Italianate details are also frequently noted, as are slate roofs, and the City Park Avenue stone stoops and snowbirds are explained to the Art Walk tourist.

Many of the beautiful and eye-catching local landmarks are featured on the tour, with fascinating background stories. Schwartz Castle is a featured landmark, along with it’s legendary and quirky original owner. Barefoot jogging anyone? The Lang Stone Company warehouse on Jackson Street was once a stone yard credited with creating many of the stone lintels, stoops, steps, and foundations you see in German Village today. The warehouse is now a celebrated private home. The Brothers’ house was built by feuding brothers, who couldn’t even agree on their home’s style. This Dutch Double home still clearly shows their differences! The Wittenmeier Home was an Italianate home with a unique plumbing system and an indoor playground when it was built. The Kremer House includes stones from all over the world.

Saint Mary’s, built in the Gothic style by southside German Catholics, has many historic details that were added after the original construction. Hers is the third oldest parish in Franklin County. St. Mary’s bells still mark the hours and her chimes ring out at noon. The Lang House, German Village Society Meeting Haus, Oktoberfest Cottage, The Golden Hobby Shop, Stewart Elementary, Columbus Maennerchor Club, and the Roomer Houses are also featured buildings.

Some of the local shops are noted; Gallery space in Caterina Ltd. featuring local artists, Franklin Art Glass Studios, the original Max and Erma’s, Von Gerichten Art Glass Studio, Schmidt’s Restaurant, and Old Mohawk restaurant. The Book Loft, with 32 rooms, is one of the most famous book stores in Ohio, is also featured.

German Village’s parks are not left out. Frank Fetch Park is a tiny pocket park named in honor of Frank Fetch, the founder of The German Village Society. This little horticultural gem is now maintained by a local group, and is one of the most visited parks in Franklin County! Schiller Park, it’s sculptures, and history is explained, as is the mysterious theft of a statue that has never been solved. The WPA-built caretaker’s cottage, Schiller’s Mountain, and beautiful Huntington Garden are also featured.

Columbus Art Walks are a wonderful way to get to know your city, get fit, stay healthy, and experience our beautiful public art. Download the audio tour, print out the map, and go explore your city!

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The score is always love when you play tennis with your children at Schiller Park!

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Columbus OH Huntington Garden in Schiller ParkCome enjoy a spirited round of tennis with the kids, then stick around for the playground and picnic area and make a day of it.

Schiller is the second oldest park in the City of Columbus, obtained in 1867, just after the Civil War.

The park boasts a rec center, picnic areas, fishing pond, lighted tennis courts, a stage for the Actor’s Summer Theater, playground, and beautiful flower gardens.

The stage hosts the Columbus tradition, Shakespeare in the Park, all through the summer. There are also various concerts and events free to the public that are held here.

Pets are welcome, with proper shots and tags, and there are nice fields for games of flying discs and tag with your pooch.

Jogging/Walking paths are not terribly long, but are circular, so you can go ’til you drop if you like. The landscaping makes it a lovely place to stroll, through flowers, trees, and fields, and are ADA accessible for those of us with disabilities or small children in strollers.

The playground is a local favorite, with plenty of benches and places to sit for watchful parents.

Close to all that German Village offers, this park is great fun on its own, or in tandem with a trip to the Village, too.

A three season park, the bitter cold would make an indoor venue a better choice in winter, but the gardens are designed for three season enjoyment, as are the paved trails.

Schiller Park
1069 Jaeger Street
Columbus, OH 43206

Photo Credit: Huntington Garden in Schiller Park by Tim Morbitzer