Worthington Ohio real estate


The Fiery End of a Historic Worthington Home

The fiery end of a historic Worthington home  in 1979 was planned and controlled demolition to make way for progress on W. Wilson Bridge Road.

End of a Historic Worthington Home

Don O'Brien shared a photo on Flickr he titled "End of an Historic Home."  The W. Wilson Bridge home he has a photo is NOT the home his parents built on W.Wilson Bridge Road.

Mr. O'Brien says "I used my ________  in 1979 to take the photo," naming the film and camera used to capture the photo of the home being used in a fire exercise as part of the demoltion to make way for offices.  Mr. O'Brien was an adult and a professional photographer by the time this photo was taken but his (Dok1) Flickr photostream is a wealth of photos of Worthington and Sharon Township in the 1930's and 1940's.

This old house on W. Wilson Bridge road was burned to make way for a modern office building, over 30 years ago. The brick home he grew up in on W. Wilson Bridge Road was demolished for an office too.

A historic Worthington home

Mr. O'Brien's description on Flickr  shares this history of the house, he wrote:

"As I recall, the original part of the house was of logs some of the additions were made using convict labor."

There are homes in Worthington that are built around or onto the original log homes.

In Mr. O'Brien's photo I  see the front porch remaining in the fire.  I wish I could see more of what the historic Worthington area home looked like.  In other photos on Flickr Mr. O'Brien talks about other Worthington and Worthington area buildings that have disappeared over the years.  Much of the  Worthington history  or at least the historical Worthington area photos on my Worthington site are Don O'Brien's photos. 

W. Wilson Bridge Rd. in Worthington, the way it was

When Worthington's W. Wilson Bridge Rd. moved

Mr. O'Brien shared this photo, of fiery end of a Historic Worthington home with a Creative Commons license. 


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Comment balloon 3 commentsMaureen McCabe • March 19 2012 08:05AM


Maureen, I really know nothing about the Columbus area, but I bookmarked this to look at later.   Thanks for all the work you put into this post.

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) over 5 years ago

That is a pretty amazing photo! Fire is so captivating and dangerous......I have always been afraid of dropping something simple like a candle........

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 5 years ago

Don Thanks for stopping by.

Barbara I bet Don O'Brien had a long lens to take the photo with, it makes me feel hot just looking at it.  There was a historic church that caught on fire in Ohio (not the Columbus area or  central Ohio, some small town) just last week. The photos from that were wild. 

Seeing that he shared a photo of a house on the road he grew up on made me wonder what it would be like to see your home burn, even if it was a controlled burn by the fire department.  We moved out of our office last spring and it was demolished.  We heard the Worthington Fire Department was going to use it for fire exercises and they did but they did not set the building on fire, too close to the neighbors?   I have photos of the office with holes in the roof.  

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 5 years ago