one-of-a-kind heritage and live where history was made. Raised in
1921, the Julian is a seven-story historic industrial building on
the National Register of Historic Places that has been conserved,
modernized and reimagined as a truly unique residential space for
those who love downtown living.
stands regally on the corner of Front and Main in downtown
Columbus. The building opened at time of excitement and
possibility. Albert Einstein was first lecturing about his new
theory of relativity, Babe Ruth had just become the all-time home
run king, and new technologies, modern thinking and optimism swept
the country in what would soon be known as the Roaring
namesake was William Julian, president of the Julian & Kokenge
Company and future Treasurer of the United States, who oversaw the
construction of the building as a women's shoes factory housing
more than a thousand Columbus employees and crafting shoes that
would be shipped around the united states.
factory was one of the most enduring of its kind, and was one of
the last to succumb as the industry shifted overseas. Though it
ceased active operations in 1974, it remained the sole Columbus
manufacturing building of its kind – deserving of conservation and
stepped in to rehabilitate and restore the majesty of The Julian,
protecting its character and repurposing it for downtown living as
90 residential apartments. Saving the building also saved landfills
thousands of tons of demolition waste, conserved land and ensured
the history at Front and Main would not only be retained, but would
become a living part of the Columbus community again.
reinstalled historic windows and its beautiful spaces to its
thriving spot on the Scioto Mile, The Julian truly offers rich
Columbus heritage... and extraordinary downtown living.