40 Stunning Vintage Photos of Houston from the 1970s

The 1970s in Columbus, Ohio, were a time of change and growth.  The city was shedding its image as a sleepy Midwestern town and evolving into a bustling metropolis.  From its evolving skyline to its vibrant music scene, Columbus was a city on the move.

One of the most noticeable changes in 1970s Columbus was its skyline.  The Ohio Statehouse, a majestic Greek Revival structure, had long been the city’s most recognizable landmark. However, it was joined by several new skyscrapers that rose during this decade.  The Rhodes State Office Tower, completed in 1974, became the tallest building in Columbus.  Other notable additions included the Huntington Center and the LeVeque Tower, adding a modern edge to the cityscape.

Shopping and Dining

Downtown Columbus was the heart of the city’s shopping scene in the 1970s.  Lazarus department store, with its iconic clock, was a popular destination for locals.  Shoppers also flocked to the City Center Mall, which opened its doors in 1975 and offered a wide variety of stores and restaurants.

Speaking of restaurants, Columbus residents had plenty of options to satisfy their cravings.  The Kahiki Supper Club, with its Polynesian theme and exotic cocktails, was a favorite for special occasions.  For a more casual dining experience, there was the Clarmont, a classic steakhouse with red leather booths and a lively atmosphere.

Arts and Entertainment

The 1970s were a golden age for music in Columbus.  The Agora Ballroom, a legendary rock club, hosted acts like Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones, and Blondie.  Local bands also thrived, with groups like The Godz and Scrawl making names for themselves on the national scene.  For those who preferred the symphony or ballet, the Ohio Theatre offered a more refined cultural experience.

While downtown Columbus was experiencing a renaissance, the suburbs were also booming.  Families flocked to communities like Upper Arlington, Worthington, and Dublin, drawn by the promise of good schools, spacious homes, and a quieter lifestyle.  These suburbs offered their own shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment options, creating self-contained communities within the larger Columbus area.

Buckeye Fever

One thing that remained constant throughout the 1970s was the city’s passion for Ohio State football.  Ohio Stadium, affectionately known as “The Horseshoe,” was regularly packed with over 80,000 screaming fans.  Legendary coach Woody Hayes led the Buckeyes to several Big Ten championships and Rose Bowl victories during this decade, solidifying the team’s status as a national powerhouse.

#1 Aerial view from west of the Scioto River towards downtown Columbus, 1973.

#2 Aerial view of Broad and High Streets from LeVeque Tower, early 1972.

#3 House at 184 Crandall Drive in Worthington, a Columbus suburb, Ohio, 1975.

#4 WNCI DJ Charlie Pickard broadcasting at the Ohio State Fair, August 1975.

#5 Aerial view of downtown Columbus looking northeast across the Scioto River, 1973.

#6 Aerial view of downtown Columbus looking southeast, featuring the Belmont Casket and Ohio Penitentiary, 1973.

#7 Aerial view of downtown Columbus looking east from near the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers, 1972.

#8 Aerial view of downtown Columbus looking northeast across the Scioto River, 1975.

#9 Aerial view of East Broad Street looking east toward Rhodes Office Tower and Ohio Bell Telephone Company Construction, 1972.

#10 Aerial view of downtown Columbus looking southeast, featuring Ohio Penitentiary and future Arena District, 1971.

#11 Aerial view of downtown Columbus looking north from the Brewery District, 1971.

#12 Aerial view of the Scioto River and downtown Columbus, featuring Nationwide building and Franklin County Jail, 1970s

#13 Barracks or Shot Tower at Fort Hayes, originally the Arsenal, built in 1863-1864, now part of Columbus Public Schools, 1974.

#14 C. M. Williams Building, at the corner of Kerr and Russell Streets in Italian Village, built ca. 1890, one of the first apartments with separate street entrances for each unit, L-shaped brick construction with decorative cornice work. Circa 1970s

#15 Capital City Pipes and Drums with Drum Major David Breese in a parade in downtown Columbus, 1970s

#16 Central Police Station, opened March 1930, replaced Workhouse at 515 Sullivant Avenue, 1974.

#17 City Hall Annex, originally David S. Gray Century Building in 1902, housed Charles C. Higgins Company until 1921, demolished March 31, 1980, Circa 1976.

#18 Colony Bazaar on Kenny Road, opened December 1, 1974, Circa 1976.

#19 Interior of the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Reference Room, 1970s

#20 Third Columbus Union Station, razed on October 22, 1976. Circa 1970s

#22 Exterior views of Discount Records shop by A.V. Shirk, 1973.

#23 Aerial view of downtown Columbus looking south on North High Street, 1977.

#24 Downtown Columbus view looking east from Veterans Memorial parking lot, 1979.

#25 East Broad Street with landmarks including Len Immke Buick and first Wendy’s Restaurant, Columbus, 1973.

#26 East Town Street from South High Street, featuring local stores and Grant Hospital School of Nursing, 1971.

#27 Birthplace of Edward “Eddie” Rickenbacker, famous automobile racer and WWI flying ace, 1970s

#28 Franklin County Courthouse demolition, started October 4, 1974

#29 Franklin County Veterans Memorial, various views, 1979.

#31 Winners circle at the Grandstand, Ohio State Fair, 1978.

#32 Hair Styling event by Drake Zachary at Lazarus’ 6th floor assembly center, 1970s

#33 Harrison House, believed to be William Henry Harrison’s headquarters during the War of 1812, Circa 1974.

#34 Hartman Theater interior before demolition, opened in 1911 and demolished in 1971, Circa 1971.

#36 Hospital Ward Interior, operational from 1895 to January 1, 1978.

#37 Hotel Fort Hayes, opened 1924, closed 1977, Circa 1972

#38 Hunt’s Cinestage, before demolition, previously High Street Theater since 1894. Circa 1970s

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Kevin Clark is a historian and writer who is passionate about sharing the stories and significance behind historical photos. He loves to explore hidden histories and cultural contexts behind the images, providing a unique insight into the past.

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