Jonathan Barnes
Architecture & Design


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Lear Block Lofts

Columbus, OH | 2018

The Lear Block is a complex renovation project that connected an assembly of four adjacent, historic buildings in downtown Columbus into a single 26-unit apartment development. The complex of four-story buildings was built over decades as part of Oscar Lear’s automotive factory founded in 1910 in Columbus’s historic manufacturing district. The original brick masonry walls, heavy timber structure and beechwood floors were restored and left exposed at the apartments’ interiors, creating a unique look to each unit. The development includes a ground floor parking garage (in the place of the original auto showroom), a commercial retail space and a rooftop common terrace. The residential entry is accessed through a historic pedestrian alley.