1889 Queen Anne – Columbus, OH

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Added to OHD on 3/7/16   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   45 Comments
Off Market / Archived
National Register

731 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43205

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  • $1,200,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 7358 Sq Ft
  • 0.29 Ac.
Welcome to the Jones Mansion, one of the finest historic homes in Columbus. Situated 1 block east of downtown on E. Broad Street, Million Dollar Mile. Zoned ARO would make a magnificent home and or office. Main house is 7358 sq ft of pristine Victorian architecture. Featuring 2 story curved staircase. Just breathtaking inlaid hardwood floors, stained glass and leaded glass, richly appointed woodwork, dining room has coffered curved ceilings, window seat loaded with built-in china cabinets. Original carriage house over 3200+ sq ft leased for $3500/month. Ample off street parking. Take a step back in time in the Jones Mansion, a great piece of Columbus history!
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Nina Masseria, Carriage Trade Realty
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45 Comments on 1889 Queen Anne – Columbus, OH

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12436 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to shellypappas for the share!

    The last mantel photo, I did not know what room on the first floor it’s on so just stuck it on at the end.

    Here’s a carriage house street view, back side

    • JimHJimH says: 5543 comments
      OHD Supporter

      The carriage house has barely changed – it’s shown as is with its little addition on the map from 1899. The street was mostly houses including one next door where the Chinese restaurant is. There were a couple of churches in the neighborhood, and a large apartment building behind the house where the big parking lot is now. The cool old firehouse a block away, Engine No. 12, was there too: https://goo.gl/maps/kyXXw48wAHw

    • Jeffrey says: 1 comments

      I very much appreciate these pictures because I haven’t been in this house in 41 years. My father worked there from 1950 to 1975. He was Vice President of Schorr Ketner Furniture Company. Joe Schorr was my maternal great uncle. Sometimes I would go there with Dad when I was a child on Saturdays and roam around the house. I thought there was a small area between the dining room and kitchen like a butlers pantry. They used it as a sitting area with a coffee pot and some of the employees smoked in there but I could be mistaken on its location but its on the first floor somewhere. There were two glass showcases of furniture out front too that have been removed. If anyone would like to know my memories about this house and the carriage house feel free to e-mail me. I have some fun stories too from the archives. I heard a lot of them over 25 years and thereafter. I hope someone buys this and completely restores it.

    • Kate L. says: 9 comments

      Beautiful. After watching renovating shows the only thing that stood out to me was the Lighting. Track lighting everywhere & original fixtures missing. Other than that everything was pristine.

  2. Ed Ferris says: 299 comments

    The trouble with a wood toilet seat is that if it gets unglued in the joints it’ll pinch you when you get up.
    Is it safe to put a stove inside a big kitchen chimney? I would think that taking out the whole front side would weaken it. Not to mention the chance of a loose brick falling from the attic level. Maybe that doesn’t happen in a million-dollar house.

    • meg@sparrowhaunt.com says: 87 comments

      Nothing was taken out of the chimney – in most cases these large chimneys were designed to house the stove. Often it would have been a built-in stove of the type most people now associate with British kitchens. Inside the chimney would be a thimble for the flue, so there would be no danger of bricks (or bats) falling onto the stove.

      It’s a stunning house, yet almost plain with the lack of decoration, or even furniture, of any kind. There are hints in the stained glass and woodwork to inform the flavor of some of the rooms – I particularly like the Moorish looking stained glass windows!

  3. MW says: 925 comments

    Well, if you really like Chinese food, and who doesn’t honestly, then the location would be hard to beat!

  4. JimHJimH says: 5543 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Beautiful building and an amazing survivor for the downtown area of a major city, with many of its original fittings! It’s being marketed primarily as an office building with projected annual rents of about $100k. The carriage house is already rented for $42k – a lot of money! Unlike many older cities, there’s a market in Columbus for the space, although the location isn’t the most desirable. Probably best left as office use for attorneys, a foundation or some such, rather than a B&B or residential conversion.

  5. Coqu says: 249 comments

    This specific location is pricey. It is still possible to buy a brand new 1200-square foot home in less historic Midwestern areas with full basement for $160-180k.

  6. Coqu says: 249 comments

    The building has housed several businesses throughout its multiple levels per Google. I assume the carriage house is rented to a business as well at that $3500/month rate.

  7. robert kellogg says: 4 comments

    I know this house and location well. I bought a three story brick queen anne about 2 blocks from this one, also quite intact, about 10 years ago. It had housed offices for a rental company and I restored it to a private residence. Most of these large homes on
    Broad street are businesses now but there are a handful of people making these their homes. It’s definitely pioneering to make one of these big old beauties a home. Personnally, I loved living near downtown. Columbus has a great downtown community and the city is doing a great job revitalizing the downtown areas. I also think the price is quite high. I’ve never known this particular house to be occupied for long. It usually sits empty and is literally right on the freeway.

  8. Anne M.Anne M. says: 1014 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    In the 1980s, the couple who owned this used it as a b&b/event space/antique store. I attended several cocktail parties here & remember marveling at the furnishings (along with the mansion itself). I was told that all the furniture was available for purchase. A very memorable house!

  9. WendyS says: 3 comments

    I agree, the track lighting would need to go. And the carpet in the bathroom/toilet, who in their right mind puts carpet in a bathroom.
    But oh my, would I like to live or work here, all that wood.

  10. kizilod says: 43 comments

    Here is a short article about the house’s history: http://www.columbushistorichomes.com/2016/03/06/iconic-jones-mansion-listed-at-1-5m/

  11. Mike says: 12 comments

    The stretch of Broad Street from downtown east into Bexley was once lined with these old mansions. Today, only a handful still exist in between old Cathedrals, museums, schools, offices and apartment buildings. …as well as gas stations, fast food joints, car dealerships, etc. But the neighborhood is gentrifying quickly so the “blight uses” are coming to an end. With the exception of the strip of mansions through Bexley, most of the mansions that do remain are now offices.

  12. Pookha says: 127 comments

    *swoon* I do so love the Romanesque style–and this is a beauty. But if I had the mil and a half to buy it, I’d certainly replace all the track lighting, which I can’t stand even in modern residences.

    Yes, it does deserve to be a home again.

  13. Michaeljoe62 says: 97 comments

    Wow. An Aesthetic dream. Love it, love it, love it!

  14. Paul Tyler says: 41 comments

    I have a feeling this mansion was alot fancier inside in its heyday. Probably beautiful wallpaper and light fixtures. I love all the woodwork but it just seems plain inside. Wonder what kind of wood is under all the carpets. Also I wonder if the arch windows on the first floor were leaded or stained glass seems to be missing.

  15. Patrick says: 244 comments

    Absolutely gorgeous home, I think I would buy for the staircase alone, lol!

    • Greg C. says: 11 comments

      I was about to make a very similar comment. If a home has a beautiful, intricate, and/or grand staircase…I want it in my life. πŸ™‚

      This place is gorgeous and with that staircase, I would totally live here despite not liking the location.

  16. Ann says: 1 comments

    Omygawsh. Speechless.

  17. John Shiflet says: 5643 comments

    It’s always sad when a lone survivor mansion like this one stands currently in a non-residential context. (a fairly common phenomenon in older American cities these days where the urban core in order to grow has to encroach into old residential areas) Had it been just one street behind it (south?) a semblance of residential context still remains (amid the scattered yoga studios, art galleries, and specialty retail boutiques) While it would be nice to imagine returning the former mansion to residential use, the expected high taxes and busy street noises make it more practical to adapt for continued office use perhaps for a law firm, architectural firm, or consulting firm of some type. One can only hope the next owners will be respectful of the old Victorian mansion and preserve the historic details inside. Worse would be to turn it over to a contemporary architect or designer lacking sensitivity for the past who would transform it into a caricature of its former self. Best would be someone who would restore the interior ceiling art, reveal the original (likely patterned) flooring, and otherwise enhance the original Victorian period flavor of the house. As Paul W. notes, Columbus has seen a lot of positive economic changes since the Great Recession days after 2008. German Village, a quaint 19th century residential area of mostly smaller homes has seem major price appreciations. As for the pricing here, the market will sort it out. I would hope preservation covenants are in place to help prevent a teardown by some brash developer with dollars signs in his eyes.

  18. DJ says: 64 comments

    This is zoned for residential? Because the rest of the street is commercial, lots of lawyer offices and NonProfit centers in these bog homes. It is located on a very busy road 4 lane into Columbus. Located near the conservatory and office buildings. The street is full of theses gems!

    • robert kellogg says: 4 comments

      It is zoned business but you can get a residential rezoning approved. Quite a few people call this area home and live tucked in between the businesses here.

  19. seesMast says: 9 comments

    wow! I live the 3 story staircase, just gorgeous!!

  20. Laurie says: 36 comments

    Paul, as a frequent visitor to Columbus (daughter lives there) and almost as frequent of a visitor to Schmidtz in German Village, I agree with your assessment. Downtown Columbus is a very active hot spot with OSU students and movers and shakers…is that still a term? This house is on the fringes of not so good east side, but property is then developed further east big time, big $$$. Les Wexner, (7.3B net worth) of Victoria Secret, lives in New Albany 16 miles away. Have you ever checked the home address of the companies you send your bill payments to? Bet there’s a bunch from Columbus. πŸ˜‰ Sure wish it was in MY budget; Columbus is a great town.

  21. SueSue says: 1106 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape

    The house seems to go on endlessly. It’s hard to know where you are as you look at the pictures. I love when they include a floor plan for houses of this size. I cannot imagine it becoming a private home for this price given it’s location. I echo what John said and hope it doesn’t end up being torn down for some commercial building.

  22. Laurie says: 36 comments

    I was thinking this was a historic home set up for tours. I don’t find it, so maybe it is no longer, thus the sale. πŸ™

  23. Julie Rossington says: 27 comments

    Please oh please let someone buy this! home…business…something so it doesn’t end up pieced out on Craigslist! Amazing home!!

    • Larissa says: 7 comments

      There’s no chance of it being pieced out on Craigslist. This is in a very in demand area. Plus we have a very active historic preservation community here.

  24. Kevmenc says: 29 comments

    Great, I found the house I want to buy. Now all I have to do is win the lotto.

  25. Pookha says: 127 comments

    FYI, this used to be across the street. :/


    So much has been lost.

    • French Lady says: 7 comments

      I live in Columbus and have passed by this house many times. There are still many beautiful homes like this on E. Broad St. In the picture of the Frisbie residence that was across the street, look to the left side of the photograph and you see a pretty neighborhood with gorgeous homes. Sadly, that is a freeway now!! When they built I-71, I have been told it devistated this beautiful neighborhood. There is a lot of revitalization going on in Columbus, which is really encouraging, but I wish this neighborhood was the way it was one hundred years ago. πŸ™

  26. John Shiflet says: 5643 comments

    What an equally grand home now lost forever. Out of Cleveland’s fabled four mile long stretch of grand Victorian mansions known as Euclid Avenue, only about a half dozen survive and they too are devoid of their residential context. In fact, the beginning of the decline of that neighborhood was commercial encroachment coming from the central business district. Here too, urban encroachment has taken away the original residential charm of the lost neighborhood. It’s hard to imagine the original quiet environment of grand mansions on large lots with members of the leading families of Columbus living there. I’m sure like most neighborhoods of that quality back then there was a lively social scene as well with entertainment and formal dinners on a grand scale. But nostalgia has little importance in our modern fast paced world so the best we can hope for here is the mansion’s continued survival and the wish that the next owners will respect the history and the distinctive details of this house. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Polished Hippy says: 57 comments

    It’s a track attack!

  28. Larissa says: 7 comments

    They’ll get the price, or close to it. There’s a great demand for Columbus real estate, particularly large historic homes. I live near this listing and one house a few streets over from me went for just under $400K and another for $500K – and those homes were much more modest in comparison to this one.

  29. Wesley says: 5 comments

    There is one exactly like this one in Detroit, Michigan. Look up the Inn on Ferry Street and click on images and the house will show up. It is an exact model of the one in Columbus and I wonder who the architect was for both homes.

  30. Paul Tyler says: 41 comments

    I just found out that the same design house was built in Detroit also 70 East Ferry Avenue, Herman Roehm House–Detroit MI. Here is a googlemap of the buidling. https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3617086,-83.0655492,3a,32.7y,134.91h,95.9t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sybw6dq9Djtiu3bnje9odpA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

  31. michael beebe says: 1 comments

    In 1987 the house was used for the fundraising event Decorator Showhouse. I was fortunate enough to be chosen to decorate the master bedroom. The small marble room is handpainted; that is not marble…it is paint! The house has seen a lot of wear and tear since then. As far as the track lighting and carpeting, the owner would not let the designers touch any of it during the tour. The carriage house was used then for the opening night cocktail party….when opened, the carriage house had hundreds of rats the size of small dogs residing in it. Seeing the pictures brought back many memories, thank you.


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