Frank Packard and Packard & Yost Architects
Frank L. Packard

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Sources: Columbus Public Library; Henderson, Andrew, Images of America: Forgotten Columbus, Arcadia Publishing, 2002.

Frank Lucius Packard was born in Delaware, Ohio in 1866. He came to Columbus in 1892, co-founding the firm of Yost (J. W. Yost) and Packard, and became sole owner of the firm in 1899. He was president of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce from 1919-1920, a member of the city planning commission and was working on the Columbus Civic Center plan at his death. Packard also drafted one of the first master plans for the Ohio State University campus, which became somewhat controversial, included the concept of the Oval (see below).

Packard was chosen by President Harding as his representative in the purchase of the site, the designing and construction of the U.S. embassy building at Rio de Janeiro and at the time of his death was a member of the Committee on Public Buildings of the American Institute of Architects. In 1895 he became a Fellow of the Institute. He was also a trustee of the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society.

Packard was America's foremost institutional architect, designing over 3400 buildings, including over 100 business and residential buildings in Columbus alone. Buildings designed by Packard in the Columbus area include: the Chittenden, Virginia and Seneca Hotels, Memorial Hall which formerly housed the Center of Science and Industry, the Governor's Mansion, the Columbus Country Club, and residences in Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff and elsewhere. His style very often included arched windows and entryways, and tall windows and columns. Other buildings which he designed are the Girls' Industrial School, Delaware, Ohio; the Ohio Building at the St. Louis Exposition; Capitol Annex, Charleston, West Virginia; Columbus Savings and Trust Company, Huntington National Bank, Elks' Club, Columbus Club, Aladdin Country Clubs, all in Columbus. He was also the architect of a group of buildings on the campus of Ohio State University.

Excerpt from the historical section of the OSU Master Plan document from the Office of OSU Facilities Planning and Development:

In any case the concept-if not the name-of the [OSU] Oval was clear in Frank Packard's 1904 Plan which was Ohio State's first serious challenge to Olmsted's natural, picturesque theory of campus planning. Packard's concept of a formal axis linking a new "University Hall" to the main campus entrance at Fifteenth Avenue lasted until the 1990's when the Wexner Center was built, and his definition of a large, open, oval-shaped, central space, still remains as the most carefully protected component of the campus.

The location of Lord Hall at an angle of approximately 45 degrees to the rest of the campus is the only remnant of Packard's recommendation for a major northwest-southeast axis connecting the Armory (which he designed) to new athletic fields near the intersection of Lane and Woodruff Avenues [see right center of photo below]. By 1907 this axis had been blocked by the location of the Mechanical and Electrical Laboratory (Robinson Laboratory). This early "shelving" of the Packard Plan may be partially explained by an observation of the time that "the Packard plans were never followed because of their inaccuracy and disregard for locating prospective buildings … his proposed location for Lord Hall was shifted southwest to avoid encroachment on the woods."
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Occupation Architect
Gender M
Source Photo 1: Columbus 400 OH920.977157 C7261, p. 37.
Photo 2: Club Men of Columbus in Caricature OH920.0772 I65c, p. 242. CCVC 095/P119, 095/P119/1911 Date 1896

Began his career as an architectural apprentice for the Delaware County surveyor in 1881 and graduated from MIT 6/1887. His civic center plan was printed 6/27/1925.
Columbus address: 1739 S. Franklin Park