Architects Joseph Yost and Frank Packard in Licking County, Ohio

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This blog showcases the known designs of Columbus architects Joseph Warren Yost & Frank Lucius Packard in Licking County, Ohio. These two architects were in partnership during the years 1892-1899; each practiced separately before and after this period of time. The history of these structures has not been studied. The blog’s purpose is to generate local appreciation of these treasures, inspire research/promotion of them, and save/value those that remain. The Yost & Packard firm, nationally recognized, would likely be considered one of Ohio’s most significant.

Publishing a blog with missing pictures feels like a defeat…and two are missing. Here’s hoping readers of the blog may provide them.

Missing Picture #1

It was common in the early part of the 20th century to see a house built for a physician as both residence and patient office. Yost & Packard designed such a house for Dr. William B. and Augusta Chambers in a central location: downtown Newark at 40 East Locust Street. In separate sets of years, four different doctors and their wives occupied this space until its demolition to make way for the 1958 construction of the Route 16 expressway through town. A search of Licking County sources yielded no picture.

Missing Picture #2

Yost & Packard’s Portfolio of Architectural Realities promotional publication of circa 1898 includes twelve “barns.” These would have been significant structures that in some or perhaps all cases provided housing for a caretaker since this was the horse and carriage era. An example of a Y&P-designed circa 1890’s barn (still, amazingly, housing a carriage) is pictured in this blog. That picture will have to suffice for now as the barn designed for “Charles Genehart…Newark, O” is likely gone. Genealogy websites such as Ancestry and FamilySearch yielded just one Genehart in Ohio. A Genehart search (and a search of all names beginning with letter J) of Licking County directories at the Licking County Historical Society came up empty as well. But…there was a Charles Guckert living in Newark. Here’s the logic leading to the conclusion that “Charles Genehart” was actually Charles Guckert.

  • The large list of various designs in the 1898 publication has other name misspellings. The list was likely compiled by an office worker reading from script. It’s also possible that Yost or Packard just got mixed up with the information being supplied.
  • The Guckert barn sounds like it was show-stopper per an article in the Newark Advocate of 8/3/1893 that stated this during its construction: “It has been the source of much comment and speculation.” That article appears later in this blog along with a current photograph of a very early 1900’s massive barn at Bryn Du in Granville designed by Frank Packard.
  • Charles Guckert and his wife were living in Newark in the 1880’s. The 1887/88 directory lists an address of 335 North Fourth Street. Joseph Yost designed two schools, the jail and the children’s home in Newark in the 1880’s so his name would have been known. He also designed a stunning home for Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Sinnett in 1890 in Granville just up the road from where it’s been determined the Guckert barn was built (thus more name exposure of this architect).
  • Based on the amount of farmland Guckert acquired along both sides of Centerville Street (now Newark-Granville Road), he had the means to afford a prominent architectural firm such as Yost & Packard. His brother Anthony must have been a person of means as well. Per his obituary pictured in this blog, his Newark furniture manufacturing business A. Guckert & Company was one of the largest in eastern Ohio. No information could be located on Anthony’s enterprise and perhaps that is due to the fact that by 1878 he had moved the operation to Pittsburgh. It’s a curiosity as to how a street in a neighborhood constructed in what looks like the 1960’s has a street named Guckert Avenue. The significance of Frank and Magdalena Guckert of 41 Mound Street and their seven children (Anthony, Charles, Frank, John, Nicholas, Philomena and William) must have been apparent to someone.

I would like to thank the following individuals for their assistance in contributing to this blog: Judy Cruikshank, Mead-Needham Museum; Jack Goodman, Licking County Library; Donna Gregory, Licking County Historical Society; Sasha Griffin, Denison University Archives; Athena Koehler, Bryn Du Mansion; Theresa Overholser, Granville Historical Society; Tim Priest, Johnstown Historical Society; Janet Procida, Granville Historical Society; Rev. Matt Van Winkle, Johnstown United Methodist Church; Elizabeth Wilson, Granville Public Library.

Published 2/24/2022 by Don Foster.


Etna: Dr. Charles Duvall and Essie Farrell Watkins residence. Main Street. Built circa 1890.
Designed by Yost. Photo credit: Mead-Needham Museum, Pataskala.
Main Street has been renamed Pike Street and the Watkins house renumbered 877.
The Newark Advocate 6/29/1924.
High schools in Etna, Kirkersville and Pataskala consolidated in 1953 to form Southwest Licking Local School District. On September 22, 1954, ground was broken for a new building to be named in honor of Dr. Watkins. That building has since been replaced as shown below.


Granville: Public Library. 217 East Broadway. Built 1924-25. Designed by Packard. One of his last as he died unexpectedly in 1923. Picture from The Granville Times 7/17/1925.
Today with an addition at the rear.
Granville: High School. Granger Street. Built 1924. Designed by Packard. Razed.
From the Granville Public Library local history collection: high school yearbook description of the new building including the above picture.
Granville: Doane Academy, preparatory school for young men. Built 1894. Designed by Yost & Packard. The school closed in 1927. Today Doane Administration Building is part of the campus of Denison University.
This picture is from the Y&P promotional publication Portfolio of Architectural Realities.
Doane Academy top right above.
Granville: Shepardson College for Women Recital Hall. East Broadway across from Cherry Street. Built 1897/98. Designed by Yost & Packard. Shepardson, previously the Granville Female Seminary, later became part of Denison University. Razed. Photo credit: Denison University Archives.
The Granville Times 10/7/1897.
This picture and the three below are from the Denison University Archives.
Interior of the Shepardson Recital Hall.
Granville: Granville Inn. 314 East Broadway. Built 1924 for John Sutphin Jones.
Designed by Packard.
Today the Inn is owned by Denison University. It is open to the public and houses a restaurant, hotel rooms and meeting space.
Granville Inn owner John Sutphin Jones purchased the house below, built in 1865, and hired architect Frank Packard to expand it including a major redesign of the exterior. Photo credit: Columbus Metropolitan Library.
Granville: John Sutphin and Sarah Follett Jones residence. 537 Jones Road. Built in 1865 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places by its original name McCune’s Villa. Redesigned by Packard including the addition of outbuildings during the years 1905-08. The Sutphins renamed the property Bryn Du (Welsh for “black hill”), and today it’s operated as an event center under the same name.
The massive Bryn Du frame barn, designed by Packard and pictured above and below, is in the process of being repurposed as a senior center for the Granville area.
This grove would be in the same location as the barn.
The Granville Times 8/11/1893.
Yost & Packard’s list of barn designs appearing in their circa 1898 promotional publication Portfolio of Architectural Realties.
Frank Chance barn/carriage house, Urbana. The gabled portion on the left was the caretaker’s residence. Like the Byrn Du barn previously pictured, this is another example of the Y&P barn designs of such significance worthy of listing with their many other design categories.
The Guckert barn would have been in this area, the SE corner of Newark-Granville and Cherry Valley Roads. This is where the interurban from Newark made the turn to head into Granville. Thanks to Theresa Overholser of the Granville Historical Society for her thorough research of deeds and maps to identify all of the parcels of Guckert farmland.
The Newark Advocate 3/2/1912.
The Granville Times 3/7/1912. A bonus to the Charles Guckert research was discovering via a search of Guckerts in U.S. newspapers that his brother Anthony owned one of the largest furniture manufacturers in eastern Ohio. It was located in Newark. Perhaps the Guckert brothers’ father Frank (correctly identified below) went by a middle name of Andrew as printed in the article above. The grave marker at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newark only says
Frank Guckert.
The Pittsburgh Press 6/9/1901.
No Guckert information could be located at any of the various Licking County resources.
Fortunately, a street is named for the family.
The Guckert house just east of Granville’s Church of Saint Edward the Confessor on Newark-Granville Road. It was originally built by Tanner Spencer Wright for his family. Minnie Hite Moody reflected on this neighboring Guckert farm from her childhood days in her article “I Remember, I Remember”, The Newark Advocate 6/16/1964. The Guckert’s did not live on the farm where the Yost & Packard-designed barn was built.
As indicated in The Granville Times of 8/7/1913, the Guckert house shown above was located near the Sinnett house…which naturally leads to presenting the Sinnett house next.
Granville: Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Sinnett residence. 537 Mount Parnassus Drive. Built 1899.
Designed by Yost. Photo credit: Granville Historical Society.
The Granville Times 11/7/1889.
This is the front of the Sinnett house which was built on a hill above Maple Grove Cemetery. Photo credit above and the interior below: Granville Historical Society.
Correspondence between Edwin Sinnett and his architect J. W. Yost (his name in top left corner above) regarding ongoing construction. From the collection of the Granville Historical Society.
A portion of Dr. Sinnett’s obituary that appeared in
The Granville Times 2/20/1902.


Johnstown: Methodist Episcopal Church. 159 South Main Street. Built 1904. Designed by Packard.
Photo credit above: Ohio Historical Compendium, Facebook.
Still active today as Johnstown United Methodist Church.
Johnstown: High School 2-story addition, south side. College & Kasson Streets. Added 1913. Designed by Packard. The two photos of the addition, above and below, are from the Johnstown Historical Society archives.
Original structure above. Below, the addition is mostly hidden by the tree on the right.
The Packard-designed addition, now a private residence, is all that is left.
Saw this real photo postcard on Ebay. Not a Yost & Packard. Random addition to the blog. I just thought the detail shown here is pretty stunning. Razed.


Newark: Trinity Episcopal Church. 76 East Main Street. Built 1890. Designed by Yost. Razed.
Photo credit: Licking County Library.
The Newark Daily Advocate 2/24/1890.
From the archives of the Licking County Historical Society.
From the archives of the Licking County Library.
Newark: City Hospital and Nurses’ Home. 122 North Buena Vista. Built 1913. Designed by Packard. Razed.
The Newark Advocate 4/7/1913.
Newark: High School. West Main Street. Built circa 1884-86. Designed by Yost. Razed.
Newark: 2nd Ward school (aka Mill Street School). Corner Mill and East Main Streets. Built 1888. Designed by Yost. Razed. East Main Street School was also in the 2nd Ward as shown below, but it was built in 1877 which is before Yost began designed in Newark. Thus Mill Street School would have been the one he designed for the 2nd Ward as listed in Portfolio of Architectural Realities.
Photo credit: Licking County Historical Society.
Newark: Licking County Children’s Home. 743 East Main Street. Built 1886.
Designed by Yost. Razed.
Photo credit: Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series: Newark.
Newark: Licking County Jail. 46 South Third Street. Built 1889. Designed by Yost.
Newark: Ankele Block. 22 South Second Street (building with the spire). Built 1895. Designed by Yost & Packard. Housed Charles Ankele’s tobacco/cigar store and barber shop. Ankele’s name is above the awning. Second floor was office space. Knights of Pythias Roland Lodge No. 305 had Y&P design their lodge hall on the third floor. Razed.
The Newark Daily Advocate 9/17/1895.
Charles Ankele died 12/7/1911. This obituary is from Find-a-Grave. The source is not identified.
Yost & Packard also designed a new home for the Knights of Phythias in the new Ankele Block. A photo of the interior was not found, but the Licking County Historical Society does have the above picture in their archives. 🙂
Newark: A.H. Heisey & Company. Glass manufacturers. Oakwood Avenue at PRR tracks. 1916 addition to north end of plant (not pictured). Designed by Packard.
The Columbus Dispatch 9/3/1916.
Above article states Patton was the contractor and the architect. Might be a reporting error or perhaps Patton designed a portion of the addition under the direction of Packard.
The Newark Advocate 8/25/1916.
Newark: Clubhouse, Moundbuilders Country Club. 125 North 33rd Street. Built 1910/11.
Designed by Packard. Razed.
Photo credit above: Ohio Historical Compendium, Facebook.
Two of the five country club founders were John J. Carroll and William C. Miller. Packard designed Carroll’s house and department store building. He also designed Miller’s house.
These structures are shown below.
Newark: John J. Carroll Department Store, below.
60-64 North Third Street. Built 1919/20. Designed by Packard.
Article is from The American Contractor 3/13/1920.
Photo credit above: Ohio Historical Compendium, Facebook.
Advertisement, The Newark Advocate.
Newark: John J. and Grace Fleek Carroll residence. 499 Hudson Avenue. Built 1902.
Designed by Packard.
The Granville Times 2/5/1931.
Newark: Clarence Hudson and Jane Felix White residence and studio. 464 Hudson Avenue. Built 1901 by John Felix for his daughter and son-in-law. Designed by Packard.
From the Encylopedia Brittanica.
Newark: William Charles and Alice Fleek Miller residence. 473 Hudson Avenue. Built 1901.
Designed by Packard.
The Newark Advocate 7/16/1930.
Walter Fenn and Celia Palmer Upson front porch. 391 Hudson Avenue. Designed by Packard. Walter Upson was president of Upson Coal and Mining Company.
The Columbus Dispatch 10/19/1902.
The Granville Times 1/29/1925.
Hamilton Evening Journal 1/26/1925.
The above 4 houses are all part of the Hudson Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Newark: Dr. William Bell and Augusta Chambers residence/dental office. 40 East Locust Street.
Built 1894. Designed by Yost & Packard. Razed. Unable to locate a picture. Perhaps a reader of this blog will have one!
Yost & Packard list a build for Dr. W.B. Chambers in their Portfolio of Architectural Realities. Above is confirmation the structure was actually built. The Newark Advocate 4/24/1894. Below: the footprint of 40 East Locust Street on a Sanborn Fire Insurance Map.
During its existence, four different doctors were occupants. First was Dr. Chambers, next was Dr. Hiram Jacob Holbrook, then came Dr. Harrison D. Rank, and last was Dr. Allen G. Crow who died in 1940. His widow continued reside here until the house was demolished in 1957/58 to make way for the Newark expressway (Route 16).
40 East Locust Street would have been in this area.
The Newark Daily Advocate 2/10/1898.
Newark: Daniel A. and Anna Ganey residence. Daniel was employed as bookkeeper at the John J. Carroll Department Store. Carroll likely connected Daniel to Packard. The 1904 date of a Packard house design, the 1905 date of Daniel’s passing, and no other information likely mean the Packard design did not become reality. Per Daniel’s obituary below, he made in impression on the citizens of Newark.
The Columbus Dispatch 10/23/1904.
From Find-a-Grave.


Pataskala: William Sherman and Carrie Mead Needham residence. 68 North Main Street.
Designed by Yost. Photo credit: Mead-Needham Museum.
The address has been changed to 300 South Main Street and today houses the Mead-Needham Museum which tells the story of Pataskala. The exterior front has had significant changes.
When the museum acquired ownership of the house, pieces from the previous porch were discovered among stone discards in the backyard.
What a fortunate find and return to the front of the house!!
The Columbus Dispatch 11/13/1958.


  1. Illona Magdich Broyles says:

    I grew up in Newark and recognized many of the still standing structures. This was an informative and interesting read for me. Thank you for posting it.


    1. Thanks for your comments, Illona!!


    2. Hm says:

      This made my head hurt. Interesting to keep me around though. The history dates back, words always paint a motion to a picture


  2. Trish says:

    Resided in Pataskala – taught 4 Southwest Licking. Always enjoy viewing old photos of a location I can relate to. Well researched & executed article. Will be sharing with Yost’s birth County, Monroe.


    1. I plan to do a blog on just Yost this summer, Trish, after I visit his early years in Monroe and Belmont Counties.


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