Frank Packard’s Architecture Left Mark on Delaware (as published in the Fall 2019 issue of the Delaware County Historian)

This was my first attempt (2020) at writing and publishing blogs on the architecture of Joseph Warren Yost and Frank Lucius Packard. I chose Delaware since Packard was a Delaware native. The blog narrative was a copy and paste of an article I wrote for the Delaware County Historical Society’s newsletter. The buildings pictured in the blog did not include supporting pictures that provide additional interest…as the blogs that have followed do. Three years later it’s now time to make revisions and match today’s blog format. The Frank Packard biography has been retained, but other pieces of the original newsletter narrative have been removed. Hooray to more pictures!!

Upon completing an apprenticeship in carpentry, Alvaro Packard left Readfield, Maine, and moved to Delaware in 1859. In 1863 he married Miranda Black who had moved to Delaware County from Indiana. They had two children: Frank who was born in 1866 and Cora who was born in 1869. Per the 1880 U.S. Census, the Packards resided at 27 Washington Street. Alvaro served two terms as Delaware County commissioner and one term on City Council. Frank attended Delaware public schools, and in 1883 when he was not quite 17, the family moved to Columbus where Alvaro became very successful in the real estate business. Frank left to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduated in 1887, returned to Columbus, and began what became a very significant career in architecture. In 1892, he joined forces with Joseph Yost who moved his architect practice from Bellaire, Ohio, to Columbus in 1882. Yost relocated to New York City in 1900.

Frank Packard’s career spanned approximately 34 years and ended when he passed away unexpectedly. Numerous accounts of his life mention that he was involved in over 3400 designs many of which were public buildings such as courthouses, hospitals, libraries, schools and university buildings. He also designed churches and residences including in the Craftsman style of which he was particularly fond.

In addition to being born and raised in Delaware, Frank Packard had another Delaware County connection. On September 27, 1892, he married Eva Lena Elliott of Sunbury at Kingston Presbyterian “Old Blue” Church located at the corner of State Route 521 and Blue Church Road. It’s been demolished, but the bell from the church is mounted on a blue brick base there. Eva grew up in the house of her grandparents, and this beautiful residence still stands at 2711 Blayney Road in Berkshire Township.

The Packards had one child, J. Alden, who died in infancy. Sadly, Frank Packard died of a cerebral hemorrhage on October 26, 1923, at the age of 57. His residence in 1923 was at 1739 Franklin Park South which abuts the Franklin Park Conservatory on East Broad Street in Columbus and still stands. Ralph Snyder, an architect working with Packard, took over the practice and the firm became Snyder, Babbitt & Mathews. It closed in 1929.

Packard was an involved citizen in Columbus, and The Ohio State Journal obituary reflected on that in the following way: “For all the crowding insistence of his private engagements, for all the demands of his unselfish labors for the Civic Center and with the City Planning Commission, Mr. Packard found time to talk with people, to be friendly with everybody he knew or met. He was geniality itself, the embodiment of kindly good fellowship. Thus, he became universally esteemed and widely popular. Even to meet him in the street and perhaps have a word with him was a delight. It is sad to know that he will pass this way no more.”

Revised 2/2023.

The Packards and two other families lived at 27 North Washington Street in 1880. While no map exists to mark the exact location, the structure would have stood in the area to the left of the two-story brick house. Coincidentally, Yost & Packard designed a house that stood where the one-story apartment building on the left stands today. It’s pictured later in this blog.
The Columbus Dispatch 2/19/1881. A search turned up this. Centreburgh is now spelled Centerburg (Knox County).
Steeves Block. 57 North Sandusky Street. Built 1890. Designed by Yost. Housed Dr. Moses C. Steeves’ dental practice. Wood and Shoemaker Grocers was on the ground floor. Photo credit: Ohio Wesleyan University Archives.
The Marion Star 10/10/1923.
Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church. 55 West Lincoln Avenue. Built 1890. Designed by Yost.
Addition of a chapel (on the right) to Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church. 45 West Winter Street. Built 1892. Designed by Yost.
Parsonage for William Street Methodist Episcopal Church. 12 North Franklin Street. Built in 1917 to replace a parsonage that had been moved one lot to the north to make way for the church constructed in 1861. Designed by Packard. The footprint of the new parsonage is shown in the upper left corner of the Sanborn Fire Insurance map (below). The yellow corner outline is the porch, and it is visible in the above picture. Still trying to locate a full front view of this parsonage.
Ohio Wesleyan University: University Hall and Gray Chapel. Built 1893. Designed by Yost. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The interior is largely unaltered.
Ohio Wesleyan University: Edwards Gymnasium. Built 1905. Designed by D’Oench & Yost of New York City with FP assisting (Yost left the partnership with Packard and relocated his practice to NYC in 1900). Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo credit: OWU Archives.
Photo credit: OWU Archives.
Photo credit: OWU Archives.
The entryway may have been part of the original Edwards Gymnasium design.
Ohio Wesleyan University: Sanborn Hall. Built 1909. Designed by D’Oench & Yost of New York City. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo credit: OWU Archives.
Henry Griffin and Francis Mather Sheldon residence. 118 West Central Avenue. Built circa 1893. Designed by Y&P. Henry was an attorney who died in 1889 after an illness of eight months.
Wilmington Journal 4/17/1889.
Delaware Gazette. Photo credit: Delaware County Genealogical Society.
William Guy and Jennie F. Jones residence. 200 West Central Avenue. Built circa 1895. Designed by Y&P. Prior to its construction, Guy lived in Columbus for a number of years. An obituary in The Columbus Dispatch is hard to read due to poor scanning quality so it has not been added to the blog. The obituary states: “He was prominent in financial circles, owned considerable real estate, and owned considerable stocks in Ohio banks and telephone plants. Just outside Delaware is his large farm. He was especially fond of horses and before the beginning of the war (WW I) went annually to France to purchase horses and bring them back to America. He was a breeder of Percheron horses.”
Per Wikipedia: “Usually gray or black in color, Percherons are well muscled, and known for their intelligence and willingness to work.”
The Marion Star 1/18/1918. Guy was actually living at his Delaware home in the latter part of the 1890’s per city directories.
Photo credit: Find-A-Grave. Newspaper not named.
Henry Vandyke and Sarah Lamb Stayman residence. 251 North Franklin Street. Built circa 1893-1896. Designed by Y&P. Henry was an agent with American Express Company.
Henry’s office was located at 61 North Sandusky Street. The building was razed and replaced by this structure.
Delaware Gazette. Photo credit: Delaware County Genealogical Society.
Frederick William and Henrietta Cross Platt residence. 114 Griswold Street. Built in 1860. Redesigned by Y&P circa 1893-1896 when the Platts became new owners. Details unknown. Current tudor-style architecture may have been a later redesign by a later owner. Frederick was an optician. The Platts relocated to Mansfield in 1899.
Photo credit: Find-A-Grave.
Frederick Platt’s office was located in this building at 53 North Sandusky Street which still stands today (south portion/black front).
The News-Journal (Mansfield) 4/17/1889.
The Mansfield News 11/20/1932.
William Asbury and Ida Williams Wilson residence. 136 Griswold Street. Built circa 1893-1896. Designed by Y&P. William was co-owner of The Standard Clothing Company.
The Standard Clothing Company. 41 North Sandusky Street at West Winter Street.
Photo credit: Delaware County Historical Society.
The same corner today. The red brick building on the left still stands. A bit of it appears on the left side of the old black and white photo above.
The Columbus Dispatch 2/11/1935.
The Delaware Gazette 4/23/1935.
The Journal-Herald (Delaware) 4/9/1919.
William Cecil and Azalia Manville Denison residence. 162 Griswold Street. Built circa 1893-1896. Designed by Y&P. William was manager of The Delaware Clay Company. The Ohio Clay Company of Cleveland was acquired, and William later became sole owner. The Denisons relocated there.
Photo credit: Images of America, Delaware and Delaware County.
Photo credit: Delaware County Genealogical Society.
The Newark Advocate 9/13/1943.
The Ashville Citizen Times 11/18/1905.
George W. and Jennie Parks Carpenter residence. 134 West Lincoln Avenue. Built circa 1893-1896. Designed by Y&P.
McElroy & Carpenter Attorneys were located at 67 1/2 North Sandusky Street, a building that still stands.
The Columbus Dispatch 1/23/1948.
Los Angeles Times 7/21/1947.
Frank Little and Emma Daisy Rhodes Campbell residence. 24 Montrose Avenue. Built circa 1893-1896. Designed by Y&P. Frank was president of Blue Limestone Company.
The former quarry today, a block from the Montrose Avenue house, is a park.
The Fremont Messenger 9/11/1924.
The Columbus Dispatch 5/12/1927.
Both of the Campbell obituaries mention granddaughter Mary Katherine Campbell. She was the only two-time Miss America winner, 1922 and 1923. FYI: she has a Wikipedia page and her Find-A-Grave Memorial ID is 8062963 (interred at Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware).
The Dayton Daily News 9/17/1924.
Frank’s father was George W. Campbell.
Today the Campbell home at 90 West Winter Street is the Delaware County Cultural Arts Center.
William A. and Rose Olds Little residence. 23 North Washington Street. Built between 1893-1896. Designed by Y&P. Razed. The house was later occupied by the Ohio Wesleyan University fraternity pictured above and below. These photos are from the OWU yearbook Le Bijou.
Delaware Gazette 11/26/1912. Photo credit: Delaware County Genealogical Society.
23 North Washington Street today.
The Columbus Dispatch 11/20/1912.
Orlando Evening Star 5/16/1947.
Samuel and Isabella Mowery Lybrand residence. 39 West Winter Street. The Lybrands were a later owner, and Yost redesigned the house for them. Samuel was president of Delaware Chair Company. The final residential use of this house was by an Ohio Wesleyan University fraternity. Today this is Andrews House and provides space for several non-profit social service agencies.
Flax Street. Photo credit: Delaware County Historical Society.
In 1904, the house was converted for use as Delaware’s first hospital.
Obituary above: Delaware Gazette 12/31/1895. Obituary below: Delaware Gazette 11/12/1901. Photo credit for both: Delaware County Genealogical Society.
Photo credit: Delaware County Genealogical Society. Edward is in this picture, but not identified. The business was located at 67-69 North Sandusky Street.
67 North Sandusky Street still stands (left), but 69 North Sandusky Street was razed. Below is what it looked like (Central Garage).
From the files of the Delaware County Genealogical Society. Source and day/month of 1929 unknown. Date of death 12/23/1929.
Concord Township of Delaware County. State Route 745 at Home Road, west bank of the Scioto River. Built 1905. Designed by Packard who also designed other buildings 1905-1908 for the Girls’ Industrial School. Above rendering from The Columbus Dispatch 10/2/1904. Razed.
The Columbus Dispatch 10/2/1904.
Lewis Center: Orange Township High School. Built 1915-16. Designed by Packard. Razed.
Photo credit above and the two pictures below: Delaware County District Library.
The Orange school was part of a consolidation that formed today’s Olentangy school system.
Photo credit: History of Orange Township in Delaware County, Ohio.
The Columbus Dispatch 7/7/1901. More than once over the course of a year or so I attempted to locate houses designed for “F.O. Gooding” and “W.B. Gooding.” It’s tough enough when only initials are listed and even tougher when the location is listed as Columbus or unnamed/assumed to be Columbus. I made another crack at this. Note the last sentence in the above society page article. The search shifted to Delaware…and bingo!! Digitized newspapers are great!
Francis Ozias and Delia Matoon Gooding residence. Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), west side of 23 near Orange Road. Built circa 1895. Designed by Y&P. Four generations of Goodings lived in this house…Francis, then son Charles, then grandson Frank, then great-grandson Douglas.
Photo credit: great great granddaughter Sandy Gooding.
Frank and Faye Gooding with son Douglas.
Photo credit: Sandy Gooding, daughter of Douglas.
Public Opinion (Westerville) 1/15/1920.
Delaware Gazette 5/18/1906. Photo credit: Delaware County Genealogical Society.
Lewis Center: William Bradford and Blanche Scott Gooding residence. 1539 Franklin Street. Built 1901. Designed by Packard. William was a farmer whose land fronted the Columbus Pike (U.S. 23) south of Lewis Center Road. The above house was not part of the farm. It’s right in Lewis Center behind the general store that William operated and was housed in one of the two buildings, below, that still stand today.
The building on the right caught fire and appears to have been altered.
Some of the foundation looks original.
Photo credit: History of Orange Township in Delaware County, Ohio.
The Columbus Dispatch 7/12/1951.
The Columbus Dispatch 2/26/1950.
The Goodings were a large family of landowners in Orange Township of southern Delaware County. Their farms stretched along both sides of U.S. 23 in the general area between Lewis Center and Orange Roads and beyond. Photo credit: History of Orange Township in Delaware County, Ohio.
The former Gooding Halfway House and Tavern is the lone survivor on U.S. 23. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Francis and Delia Gooding house previously shown stood just a bit north of this property.
The Packard home at 1739 Franklin Park South, Columbus, behind Franklin Park Conservatory
The Packard Mausoleum, Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus
The Delaware designs of Yost & Packard were featured in the Fall 2019 issue of the
Delaware County Historian.


  1. Kayla says:

    Don, I really enjoyed the history of Frank Packard, his architecture, and the pictures of his buildings. So glad you are doing this and sharing it with all of us. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. Kayla

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  2. sherry Riviera says:

    Very interesting article. I own the home at 24 Montrose Avenue in Delaware and was surprised to find a photo of it in your gallery. I have been trying to hunt down blueprints but have had no success . Any ideas?

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    1. Blueprints likely don’t exist, Sherry. The Ohio History Connection has some Yost & Packard blueprints…what I don’t know. Your best bet is to try to make contact with prior owners of the property. You might get lucky. Don

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