German Village

German Village is a charming neighborhood bound by Pearl Street on the west, East Livingston Avenue on the north, Lathrop, Brush, Grant, Jaeger streets, Blackberry Alley on the east, and Nursery Lane on the south.

Today German Village is a community driven neighborhood filled with shops, restaurants, bars, and other unique establishments. Although peppered with many commercial landmarks, German Village has maintained a cozy, quaint feel to it—perhaps the uneven brick sidewalks, cottage style homes, and the city center “meeting-haus” help German Village to maintain the charm it has embodied over the years. Towards the southern end of German Village is Schiller Park, home to Shakespeare in the Park (annual, summer event), and the Ohio Historical Society’s flash back baseball game between the Columbus Capitals and the Washington Nationals.

German Village is host to some phenomenal restaurants and bars. Katzinger’s and Pistacia Vera are local favorites, or perhaps you’ve seen the world famous Schmidt’s on the television show Man vs. Food. A small tavern owned by Max and Erma Vsocnik opened in German Village and was later adapted to the famous theme restaurant Max & Erma’s by Barry Zacks, making the neighborhood the original home to the wildly successful franchise.

Brick homes, quant cottages, charming streets all make up the residential options in beautiful German Village. Visit Metro-Rentals to explore

With so much to be explored, German Village has a vast history that led up to what it is today. In 1802 American Revolution veteran John McGowan claimed 328 acres of land in Ohio, most of which would become German Village. McGowan sold tracts of land to German Immigrants as they arrived to America, and eventually they contributed to building the first state house in the area. By 1830 German immigration to the area was massive, and through local publications and serving in the American Civil War universal respect was gained by the new inhabitants of the village. By 1865 the population in the area was one-third German, and the community flourished through the building of the local neighborhood. The schools were so highly regarded that English speaking students began attending for the superior education.

Despite its success, war influenced the area, and German street names were changed, German books were burned, and businesses banned causing a decline in the economy and population. Prohibition in the 1920’s furthered decline as major breweries were closed down.

In the early 1950’s the City of Columbus leveled large areas of the city in preparation for an urban renewal process. With the village nearly completely destructed, a man named Frank Fetch defied the common idea that the village should be demolished and purchased a house on S. Wall Street with the determination to rebuild German Village. Fetch created a German Village Society. By 1960 the society began hosting the first Haus and Garten Tours which attracted visitors and local media to the restored homes and gardens—the influence of these tours and the rebuild have led German Village to what it is today. German Village remains home to major events such as Village Lights and the Gay Softball World Series. Keep up to date with German Village here.


 History for Tomorrow , an Interview with Juanita Furuta

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