Weinland Park has always been a fairly dynamic neighborhood and the 1901 Sanborn Insurance map shows what is was like in the old days of the WP, then simply known as the North Side of Columbus. Since zoning wasn’t invented till 1916 in New York once you purchased your lot you could do pretty much whatever you wanted. Setbacks weren’t mandated so you could build right on the line and then open a business even though your neighbors may have just built their dream house. Businesses could also move in at anytime and the McLaughlin Brothers Stable is on this map. Flies were a problem in the summer at this corner. The map also shows someone farther down Wesley, now Indianola, that managed to get at least 4 units of housing packed on one lot. Interestingly, the neighborhood hasn’t been that radically altered since 1901. Almost all of the houses on the map are still around.

Not everyone was enamored with this planning or lack of and King and Ben Thompson planned Grandview and Upper Arlington with these problems in mind. Restrictive covenants banned multiple houses on lots, stables and other businesses, and mandated minimum house sizes and costs. There were also racial covenants in the new developments although it appears that North Columbus itself would not experience an African American influx until much later although there was an enclave in Milo-Grogan from around 1915 onwards who worked in the various factories along the tracks. In fact, Grandview and Upper Arlington are pretty much market responses to Weinland Park at the turn of the 20th century.

A nice Weinland Park gem at Sixth and Indianola. Unfortunately for them a stable was built across the street. The flies must have been horrible. Note the carved stone lintels on the second story and the nice arched window on the side.

Two gems that are on the 1891 Sanborn Fire Insurance map at the corner of Sixth and Indianola. The garage is pretty nice behind the house on the corner. Hopefully restoration is in their future.

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