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Division of Planning
Office of Environmental Services
Cultural Resources

History & Architecture

The History/Architecture unit of the Cultural Resources Section of the Office of Environmental Services is responsible for considering the impact of federally funded undertakings on properties, sites, buildings, structures and places that are listed on, or may be eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The History/Architecture unit is responsible for ensuring agency compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (codified as 36 CFR 800), with Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (codified as 23 USC 771), and with National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

This unit is also responsible for reviews for state funded projects under Section 149.53 of the Ohio Revised Code. The unit employs an interdisciplinary approach to the identification and evaluation of historic properties. The History/Architecture unit is working within the Office of Environmental Services to develop a proactive approach to the management of Ohio's historic properties, to streamline the consultant review process and to produce a quality product and services to meet the needs of our customers.


 Fort Hayes Metropolitan Career Center


Fort Hayes Barracks and Administration BuildingsOne of the best examples of historical preservation and restoration is Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Fort Hayes, built in 1861 as an armory and arsenal, was used as a training center from the Civil War through the Vietnam War by the U.S. Army. In 1976, Columbus Public Schools turned the 77-acre historic Army campus into a public school, Fort Hayes Career Center, to meet the needs of Columbus' urban high school population. Fort Hayes flourished as a vocational campus, but in 1988, the school was expanded to include two more unique educational programs in addition to the Career Center: the Battelle Youth Science Program and an arts and academic high school. The new center, renamed the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, was cited as one of America's Best High Schools in 2008 by a U.S. World & News Report study. The campus of Fort Hayes continues to serve the public and stands as a shining example of central Ohio's historical heritage. To learn more about the high school and the history of this unique campus, visit the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center website.

Typical Red Barn in Ohio
Historic barns are typical across Ohio.

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