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Rush Creek is part of Ohio Modern c. 1940 to 1970
Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors)

Rush Creek sign 1955Rush Creek Village in Worthington is part of Ohio Modern... 

The Ohio Historical Society has been working on a project about our recent history...  A lot of  the report about Ohio Modern focuses on Dayton, Ohio and it's suburbs... The "Ohio Historical Society" project defines the Ohio Modern period as 1940 through 1970.

The Dayton area was not in a vacuum by any stretch of the imagination, Ohio our recent history! '4.0 DESIGN TRENDS IN OHIO, 1940-1970' (link below) says "In Ohio, traditional architectural embellishments remained popular throughout the recent past period. Modern styles, such as International and Wrightian, were employed on a much more limited basis."

...part of that limited basis is in Worthington.  There are case studies of modern styles in the "4.0 DESIGN TRENDS IN OHIO, 1940-1970' including 4.2.2.1, a "Case study – Rush Creek, Worthington, Columbus"

On pages 9 to 11 of  4.0 DESIGN TRENDS IN OHIO, 1940-1970 (a .pdf) the Worthington Ohio Usonian project in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright is chronicled.  '4.2.2.1 Case study – Rush Creek, Worthington, Columbus' says says "Begun in 1956, Rush Creek Village has been recognized for its outstanding architectural quality."  Or 1955...  the photo above is the end of the sign as you enter Rush Creek Village on South St in Worthington.  

4.0 Design Trends in Ohio is just a small, small part of a huge project about Ohio's recent histoRush Creek Village signry in architecture, decorating styles, zoning, urban development, etc... 

Ohio Modern - Usonian - Rush Creek Village

Worthington's Rush Creek Village

New Homes in Historic Worthington Neighborhood

Rush Creek Village - Theodore van Fossen - 1919 to 2010

 

 

 

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Rush Creek Village - Theodore van Fossen - 1919 to 2010
Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors)

Rush Creek Village - Worthington Ohio 1955

Theodore van Fossen,  the architect who designed Rush Creek Village passed away earlier this month.  I  saw  it on the PrairieMod site first, In Memoriam Theodore van Fossen on PrarieMod has a link to the article  today by Jim Weiker in The Columbus Dispatch:

Theodore van Fossen | 1919-2010 Architect designed Rush Creek Village

Theodore van Fossen died December 9, 2010, according to today's Columbus Dispatch article.

The article in the Sunday December 12, 2010 Columbus Dispatch about two new homes being built in Rush Creek Village said the families building the first homes in the Usonian neighborhood in decades met with van Fossen in Pennsylvania about the plans for their homes.  The Columbus Dispatch says van Fossen made one visit to Worthington in the past few years during the planning of the two new Rush Creek Village homes. The Columbus Dispatch article also says of the two remaining Rush Creek Village lots:

"The families also got help from a 1963 van Fossen Christmas card that showed where he would place imaginary homes on the lots."

Before building Rush Creek Village,  Theodore van Fossen built a historic house on the east side (the Blacklick Worthington Ohio - Rush Creek Village signarea) that the Columbus Landmarks Foundation was trying to save a couple of years ago, the Gunning House, wow still on the market!

Theodore van Fossen was a Columbus native according to the Columbus Dispatch article today.  He worked with Frank Lloyd Wright on a house in Indiana, as a laborer.

Worthington's Rush Creek Village

New Homes in Historic Worthington Neighborhood

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New Homes in Historic Worthington Neighborhood
Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors)

When you think of historic Worthington you think of colonial revival architecture or I do.... but Rush Creek Village in Worthington is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Worthington Ohio - Rush Creek Village signWorthington Ohio modern! The community of Usonian style homes are historic. Did you see the article in last Sundays Columbus Dispatch about the two NEW homes being built in Rush Creek Village now.  Written by Jim Weiker  "  Couples faced, overcame myriad obstacles in quest to build in Worthington's historic Rush Creek"  but they are "hammering them out"

The Usonian style development, a historic Worthington neighborhood is on the south east side of the city.  The two couples building new homes have lived in Rush Creek for years.  One of the most interesting parts of Weiker's articles to me is about the lots the two families bought.

"The Hardings, it turned out, did not own the lots. Per Rush Creek's distinctive rules, they owned only the right to build on the lots, not the land itself, which was held by Rush Creek Village."

The Hardings are George and Herndon Harding, brothers who had inherited the lots or as it turns out the right to build on the two lots according to Weiker's article.  Probably not as interesting to most people... most people are probably more interested in the controversy, the "hammering it out"  factor or the images in the Columbus Dispatch article.  Or  just the Usonian design...

The two Rush Creek Village lots are on the east end of the development.

Rush Creek Village - Worthington Ohio 1955

Worthington was settled in 1803.  Rush Creek Village was established in 1955.  It's been decades since anything was built in Rush Creek Village, a historic Worthington neighborhood.

Mid Century Style 

Worthington, Ohio's Best Hometown - 2011

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Worthington's Rush Creek Village
Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors)

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The historic style brought to mind by Worthington is usually "colonial" or "colonial revival." Yet Worthington home to Rush Creek Village has a large neighborhood of mid-century modern homes.  The homes in Rush Creek Village were built in the Usonian style reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright.  The Rush Creek Village homes were designed by Theodore Van Fossen and built by Richard Wakefield.

Rush Creek Village is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Rush Creek homes are distinctive with cinder block walls, flat roofs, no garages.

A New York Times Article, (here in the  San Diego Union Tribune) from 2004 subtitled "Little-known Rush Creek quietly survives 50 years, a testament to the principles of Frank Lloyd Wright" says of the Westbrook family  in 1987:

"There, in Rush Creek Village, they found a near perfect relic of mid-century Usonian design, a split-level dominated by ribbon windows, board-and-batten siding, and earthy cypress fascias in strong horizontal lines. At $210,000 for 1,900 square feet, the house was not only reasonably priced, but also spectacularly sited on a one-plus-acre hilly lot."

The article written by Florence Williams is titled "Secret subdivision"  announcing to the rest of the world of the presence of Rush Creek Village in Worthington Ohio.

Although the article says most Rush Creek homes are about 2000 square feet and that Westbrook's home is 1900 sqaure feet that seems large to me for a Rush Creek home.  Or maybe I have only seen the little ones.

There are other Frank Lloyd Wright inspired homes sprinkled around Central Ohio, some designed by Van Fossen.

Mid-Century Style

A New England Village in Central Ohio

Maureen McCabe of Real Living HER Worthington

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Information is deemed to be accurate but should be verified to your satisfaction.  Information provided herein is supplied by several sources and is subject to change without notice.  Opinions expressed are solely those of Maureen McCabe.

 


 

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