The attentionworthy, the craveworthy and perhaps the occasional unsavory, in and around Columbus, Ohio..capital city...sleeper hottie of the Midwest.

Stewart's Folly, a.k.a. The Round House in Logan, Ohio The Round House, side view. Vintage rolling rock can (1970's?) out on the property. View through the top. Cushions crushed under the first floor wreckage. Gambles Hiawatha bicycle rotting in the garage. Imprint of a former staircase leading to the first level. Newspaper from 1984. No more garage door. And that's the first floor completely caved in.

It’s no secret that one of my favorite things about life in Ohio’s capital is the proximity to beautiful countryside. Some 50 minutes southeast of Columbus—where friends often escape for a quick canoeing or camping getaway—stands the Round House of Logan, Ohio (map).

A remarkably accessible token of Roadside America, I first read about the odd concrete structure on forgottenohio.com and illicitohio.com. Originally built between 1971 and 1973, the Round House–which was never wired for electric—was conceived as a prototype for residences built to withstand tornado and hurricane activity. Dubbed Stewart’s Folly (after the man who made it), the home has fallen deeper and deeper into disrepair over the past decade. Now missing: the front doors, all windows, the garage door inscribed with a warning to all trespassers, and…the first and second floor. The vintage couch and television set I’ve seen in old pictures are probably still wedged somewhere inside that pile of concave wood formerly known as the first floor. 

What I do recommend:

  1. Driving by and gawking, because the Round House totally looks like the Death Star!
  2. Comparing older pictures of the structure (see links below.)
  3. Visiting in fall and winter, when the view is better and there are less bugs to contend with.

What I don’t recommend:

  1. Being a jerk and causing more damage to the property.
  2. Stealing stuff from the premises.
  3. Climbing inside the wreckage and wrecking yourself.

Previous posts about the Logan Round House can be found here: Forgotten Ohio, Illicit Ohio, Roadside America, Artificial Owl, Youtube, Ohio Abandoned Houses by scottamus on Flickr.

PSA

Downtown Columbus smells like a giant donut today. Go outside and breathe. Zero calories. On a related note (calories fast approaching): that pink frosted Dunkin’ Donut I was obsessed with as a kid? The Red Raspberry Hibiscus from Destination Donuts is my new, grown-up version. As you can see, this sweet thang got a little melty in the pic below, but trust me, it’s an upgrade!

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Oh, I’m begging you, fellow Internetters in the city of Columbus…please tag your Instagram vids and pics with #babachu if you see this man dancing at summer music festivals! He’s a classic, and he deserves a bigger footprint (whith jazz-hands) online. I want to see all of his crazy dance movez!
Pretty please? I’d love to compile a collage of Babachu sightings for this Tumblr by the end of the season.
xo L

Oh, I’m begging you, fellow Internetters in the city of Columbus…please tag your Instagram vids and pics with #babachu if you see this man dancing at summer music festivals! He’s a classic, and he deserves a bigger footprint (whith jazz-hands) online. I want to see all of his crazy dance movez!

Pretty please? I’d love to compile a collage of Babachu sightings for this Tumblr by the end of the season.

xo L

High St, Downtown Columbus, OH.

High St, Downtown Columbus, OH.

Screamin’ Willie’s. 1921 Channingway Center Dr, Columbus, OH.

The general consensus among reviewers online: one star. There are not enough stars in the sky, however, to rate that amazing sign. 

UPDATE: this sign has been replaced with something equally as gaudy, but much less fabulous as of January 2014. Sadness.
miceofeuropa:

Home.

Sweet little doodle. Now, if you should find yourself up in arms about what’s missing from this picture…I suggest drawing your own version. I think it’s quite lovely!
Thanks to snazziestsnatch for sending this my way.

miceofeuropa:

Home.

Sweet little doodle. Now, if you should find yourself up in arms about what’s missing from this picture…I suggest drawing your own version. I think it’s quite lovely!

Thanks to snazziestsnatch for sending this my way.

Old Cosi Virtual Tour

For anyone who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, or simply moved here before the nineties came to a close, you’ll remember our Center of Science and Industry's old location. In the vein of Forgotten Ohio, this is a website that I hope never gets a facelift. It’s a trip back in time within a trip back in time. And aww, sigh…you’ll see pics of the original Wendy’s (R.I.P., dammit) across Broad Street at the beginning of your tour. Happy browsing!

oldcosi.com

Book cover, a street in German Village, and my sweet sweet shoes. Let's look a little closer. If you've been here long enough, you've spotted the white squirrels out and about! Back Cover. Inside front and back covers are filled with old matchbooks from Columbus businesses, some long-gone.

We live in this wonderful age where it’s easier than ever to connect—to pursue our passions, pay homage to our idols, find others who share in our interests—all in one instantly-gratifying heartbeat. As neighbors, we wake up to a similar view, explore the same streets, and wonder the same things about the city we live in. I can’t express enough (when mindlessly consuming and regurgitating someone else’s content is far too easy) how important it is to also work on developing your voice…to cultivate your own version of the view we share.

Combing Columbus by Mary Jo Bole is a beautifully illustrated example of the artful voice. This book—which is available at the Wexner Center book store and is described as, “a bicentennial project (and part of the city’s Finding Time public art series) that offers Bole’s idiosyncratic vision of the city she calls home”—is a fun, scattered, adventurous little read and an engaging work of art. 

Hear Mary Jo speak about this book and her other work (see: Toilet Worship) at The Wexner Center for the Arts today, Wed, April 17 at 4pm.

Weekend Warmer: ZenCha Tea Salon

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We’re getting smaller doses of real winter these days; which seems to make cold snaps extra shocking to the mind and body. I’ve found myself outside—and on foot—during these last few freezing weekends…which also means that I’ve ducked in to a few warm places that I usually pass by. Last weekend, I had brunch at the downtown ZenCha Tea Salon. The Lavender Black Tea Latte (I took mine without sugar) was—as the server described—akin to curling up with a warm blanket.

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ZenCha’s downtown location is just a really pleasant stop on Gay Street…which is no doubt made possible by who’s on staff (my server’s name was Krista, and she’s delightful), the soft, bright natural light, and a health-conscious menu. I had Curry Zucchini Soup and a side salad; simple and so good. Couldn’t help but notice some wishes scribbled on a paper crane as I left—and to the person who wrote them—may you turn those wishes into a reality.

ZenCha Tea Salon, 19 E. Gay Street, Columbus, OH.

Also noteworthy: delicious tea-infused waffles and pancakes are served on weekends.

I think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone sitting around daydreaming about your fabulous life as a Designer working and living in OHIO. Yet here we are across the heart of it all (I’m pretty sure everyone has a relative or friend living in the big O), working either independently, for national or for international brands with little to no preceding cultural cred in the location department. That said, I’m excited to have The WMC Fest right in our backyard of Cleveland on June 8-10. 20+ industry professionals plus 30 bands will be speaking, exhibiting or performing over the course of those three days. Joseph Hughes of Northcoast Zeitgeist and Cleve-based ad agency Melamed Riley, has been actively promoting the event on Twitter in addition to being a great resource for career advice…I urge you to follow the good fellow!
To name a few locals, Interactive Designer Jen Myers of Girl Develop It Columbus will join the varied list of speakers like Austin Kleon, from across the United States. (we will also see work from Columbus’ These Are Things on display in the iLTHY workshop). $50 tickets are available via Kickstarter through tomorrow (5/4). Can’t go this year? Local Artist/Blogger, Allison Lehman, will be writing about the event. Check out the WMC blog periodically to read about it.
http://www.wmcfest.com

I think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone sitting around daydreaming about your fabulous life as a Designer working and living in OHIO. Yet here we are across the heart of it all (I’m pretty sure everyone has a relative or friend living in the big O), working either independently, for national or for international brands with little to no preceding cultural cred in the location department. That said, I’m excited to have The WMC Fest right in our backyard of Cleveland on June 8-10. 20+ industry professionals plus 30 bands will be speaking, exhibiting or performing over the course of those three days. Joseph Hughes of Northcoast Zeitgeist and Cleve-based ad agency Melamed Riley, has been actively promoting the event on Twitter in addition to being a great resource for career advice…I urge you to follow the good fellow!

To name a few locals, Interactive Designer Jen Myers of Girl Develop It Columbus will join the varied list of speakers like Austin Kleon, from across the United States. (we will also see work from Columbus’ These Are Things on display in the iLTHY workshop). $50 tickets are available via Kickstarter through tomorrow (5/4). Can’t go this year? Local Artist/Blogger, Allison Lehman, will be writing about the event. Check out the WMC blog periodically to read about it.

http://www.wmcfest.com