Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker House

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Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker House
1334 E. Livingston.jpg
Rickenbacker House in 2016
Interactive map highlighting the building's location
Location1334 East Livington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio
Coordinates39°56′58″N 82°57′44″W / 39.94944°N 82.96222°W / 39.94944; -82.96222Coordinates: 39°56′58″N 82°57′44″W / 39.94944°N 82.96222°W / 39.94944; -82.96222
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built1895 (1895)
ArchitectWilliam Rickenbacker
NRHP reference No.76001426
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMay 11, 1976[1]
Designated NHLMay 11, 1976[2]
Designated CRHPMay 14, 1984

The Edward V. Rickenbacker House is a historic house at 1334 East Livingston Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. Built in 1895, it was the childhood home of Eddie Rickenbacker (1890–1973), who at various times in his life was a flying ace, Medal of Honor recipient, race car driver and a pioneer in air transportation. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.[2]

Description and history[edit]

The Edward V. Rickenbacker House is located on the north side of East Livingston Avenue (United States Route 33), between Miller Avenue and Lockbourne Road. The house is a 1½ story frame structure, with the additional possibly of brick, all covered with shingles. The roof is a gable with a shed dormer. Windows are one-over-one sashes. A former porch is now enclosed. Access to the cellar is through an exterior metal bulkhead door on a concrete base; the concrete bears the initials "E.V.R." The house interior comprises three rooms on the first floor and two in the attic. A one-story shed on the property dates to the Rickenbacker occupancy.[3]

The first portion of the house was built between 1893 and 1895 by Rickenbacker's father, William, with two rooms on the main floor and two attic rooms. About 1900 William and Eddie Rickenbacker built an ell to the north, over a cellar. Eddie grew up in this house, and it was his nominal residence during World War I until he rented an apartment in 1922 with his wife. Eddie paid off the mortgage on the house after his father's death, and it remained in the family until about 1960, the residence of Eddie's sister Mary.[3]

The house was purchased by the city in 1998, when it was poor condition, with the intent of making it the centerpiece of a museum that would revitalize the area. The effort had faltered by 2009, after some rehabilitation had been made to the house.[4] The effort has since been taken over by a nonprofit organization.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2010-11-06.
  3. ^ a b Alexander, Cathy A.; Christian, Ralph (October 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Captain Edward V. "Eddie" Rickenbacker Boyhood Home". National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  4. ^ "Plans for Rickenbacker house, museum crashed". Columbus Dispatch. July 28, 2014. Retrieved 2018-03-20.

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