Best and Worst Hometown Design: Ohio

Jocelyn Pysarchuk, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, gives us the best and “worst” from her hometown today! Jocelyn hails from Columbus, Ohio, which is also home to Wendy’s! After you gulp your Frosty head over to Deaf Park and visit the Columbus Topiary Garden. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to jump into a painting and become a part of the scene? Well, The Columbus Topiary Garden offers you that opportunity.

Sunday on the Island of La Grande Jatte

According to the Columbus Topiary Garden’s website: “Georges Seurat’s Famous post impressionist painting, A Sunday On The Island Of La Grande Jatte, is created in topiary. It is the only topiary interpretation of a painting in existence. This “landscape of a painting of a landscape” consists of 54 topiary people, eight boats, three dogs, a monkey, a cat and a real pond. The largest figure is 12′ tall.”

Topiary Garden

Other favorites of Jocelyn’s include:

  • Book Loft in the German Village. The undesigned design is what draws Jocelyn and many others to this great store!
  • Some other interesting urban development design includes: roundabouts and New Albany’s planned designed.

Jocelyn does not have a worst design, but, as in many towns, there are certain designs that people love to hate and Columbus is not immune to this phenomenon either. Jocelyn brings us two:

Interior of the Statehouse. The interior was renovated to its original colors, however, apparently parts of the interior are now pink.

Ohio Statehouse Interior

Statehouse Vicksburg Memorial

The second love to hate design is the Columbus Convention Center. Some Columbus residents think that the design is out of context in comparison to surrounding structures.

Do you have any love to hate designs in your hometown? Is new development sticking out like a sore thumb? Share your comments below!


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