Old Oaks Progressive Wine Tasting

Join us for the Annual Old Oaks Progressive Wine Tasting!

We will walk through our historic Old Oaks neighborhood stopping at four homes along the way to taste different wines. We will end at the grand home of Michael Herman where we will sip wine by the pool and dance the night away in the renovated carriage house.

When: August 24th, 2013 5:00 – 11:30 PM
Price: $20 each or $18 in advance
Where: 643 Wilson Avenue

For advance ticket sales & questions please contact:

Molly Hogue at: mollyhogue@hotmail.com


David Gray at 614-599-0106

Please bring your own wine glass. At the last house we will provide safe pool side glasses that are not breakable.


Roaming in the Gloaming – An Old Oaks Evening House and Garden Tour

When: Saturday June 1st
Time: 6 – 9 PM; After party from 9 PM – 12 Midnight
Cost: $20.00 per person  (Four or more in advance, $15.00)

The tour begins at the Holy Rosary St. John the Evangelist Church located at 648 South Ohio Ave, where tickets may be purchased.

Eight houses and/or gardens will be open from 6 PM to 9 PM.  At 9 PM the tour ends, but the evening continues at a restored carriage house from 9 PM – Midnight for food, drinks, 50/50 raffle, and dancing with a live DJ.

For more information please contact David Gray at 599-0106.

We hope to see you there!

- Old Oaks Civic Association


Old Oaks 2013 Wednesday’s on the Porch Schedule

It’s that time of the year again!  The Old Oaks neighborhood will soon begin to host their weekly Wednesday’s on the Porch community gathering events beginning Wednesday May 29th.  The dates below are the current dates we have scheduled.  If you are an Old Oaks resident and would to host a Wednesday’s on the Porch, please contact Molly Hogue at mollyhogue@hotmail.com.

Wednesday’s on the Porch 2013 Dates:

May 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 21, 28

We hope to see you there!


City offers grants to draw home buyers to Old Oaks

The City of Columbus announced today that it is making $1.3 million available in grants and loans to new home buyers in the Old Oaks District in order to help revitalize most of the vacant homes.  Click here for the full article.


Do you have paint to strip?

Speedheater SystemSo if you’ve ever stripped paint, and chances are if you live in the Old Oaks District or own an old home you have, have you ever considered using the Speedheater System?  The Speedheater System is an infrared paint stripping device that was designed and developed in Sweden.  There are currently only two companies in the United States that are selling it and I purchased one last year.

I can tell you from experience that I have stripped paint in the past using a variety of different methods, and nothing has come even close to what the Speedheater System can do.  It can remove 40 year old hardened exterior paint like butter in a matter of minutes!

You can find out more information at www.speedheater.us.  There you will find product videos, purchasing information, and tips.  Good luck stripping!  :)


Welcome to the Old Oaks Historic District – Columbus’ First Street Car Suburb

Old Oaks Map

Old Oaks Map

Old Oaks is a Historic District that is located just east of downtown Columbus, Ohio. The neighborhood is bounded on the West by the homes on Ohio Avenue, on the East by the homes on Kimball Place, on the North by Mooberry Street, and on the South by Livingston Avenue. Old Oaks is the most intact of Columbus’s turn-of-the-century streetcar era neighborhoods that show the homes of the middle and upper classes. Architecture styles include American Four-Squares in Mission and Neoclassical Revival styles, as well as Modified Queen Annes. This site is maintained by the Old Oaks Civic Association, a volunteer group of residents who are interested in the continued restoration of the district as well as the betterment of the surrounding community.


Working on your historic home – Rules, Regulations, and What’s Needed

There are always a lot of questions, concerns, and misunderstandings when it comes to doing work on your historic home. As a rule of thumb, always keep in mind that when you want to do any work on your home or property, all outside/exterior work, must be approved by the Columbus Historic Resources Commission (HRC).

Everything you do to your home, effects historic preservation for both your property and the other properties in the neighborhood. While all work done on the outside of your historic home will require an HRC approved Certificate of Appropriateness (COA), not all work will require a permit. For example, I’m getting ready to build a privacy fence along the north side of my property line. While I did receive a COA for this, Columbus residents are not required to obtain a permit to build any fence that is 6′ tall or shorter. Therefore, I am able to obey the historic preservation guidelines, build what I want, and not have to go through the sometimes headache-causing process of obtaining a permit.

For more information on what you can and cannot do to the exterior of your property, please read the Columbus Register of Historic Properties Architectural Guidelines. For more information about zoning, permits, and licenses, please contact the Department of Development.