The City of Columbus’ original City Hall was designed by architect Charles F. Sparrell and completed in 1895. The brick and limestone building in the Romanesque style has a large bell tower and stone, arched entrances. The Columbus City Hall is located within the Columbus Arts District and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The City of Columbus used the building for various civic activities until 1981. In 1986 the building was renovated by Landmarks Design Associates (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and became the Columbus Inn, a bed and breakfast. The historic design was maintained during the restoration. In 2011, the building again was renovated with offices on the lower and main level and apartments on the second and third level and became the Historic City Hall Lofts and Living Apartments.
The developers saw something unique with the design of the second and third levels. The designers have kept the historic characteristics but have incorporated contemporary flare and amenities. The apartments are truly a must see.