37 Jefferson Ave: Support, Safety & Hope

 
 
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by Harika and Keoni

Designer & Architect

 
 

Since 1991, the building at 37 Jefferson Avenue has provided safe and welcoming homes to clients engaged in supportive housing programs. Schooley Caldwell and Osborn Engineering recently breathed new life into this building with a pro bono renovation, and it needed it! Built in the 1950s, this 20-unit apartment building had experienced quite a bit of wear and tear, and we wanted to give back to our community by giving it a complete refresh.

Now, 37 Jefferson Ave is being utilized by Huckleberry House to provide temporary housing for disadvantaged teens; it’s a nonprofit that works with Central Ohio’s youth and families who are dealing with abuse, violence, neglect, poverty, and homelessness. Huckleberry House is officially the newest tenant on the block at the Jefferson Avenue Center, a historic campus all along Jefferson Avenue of over a dozen nonprofits, including Action for Children, the Columbus Literacy Council, and more.

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Teens who enter the program can expect a safe, furnished apartment and guidance and support to develop a range of skills, including cooking, budgeting, keeping house, and even parenting for young people who have children of their own.
— jeffersonavenuecenter.org

At the open house on Friday, we celebrated the transformation with our partners and the Jefferson Ave Center!

 
 
Keoni Fleming, AIA, LEED AP (Architect) and Sam Rosenthal, AIA, LEED AP (Executive VP) from Schooley Caldwell

Keoni Fleming, AIA, LEED AP (Architect) and Sam Rosenthal, AIA, LEED AP (Executive VP) from Schooley Caldwell

Harika Koripalli, Designer at Schooley Caldwell

Harika Koripalli, Designer at Schooley Caldwell



Kitchens & Living Rooms

BEFORE // AFTER

 
 
KITCHEN // BEFORE

KITCHEN // BEFORE

KITCHEN // AFTER:  All new cabinets and closet with ample storage!

KITCHEN // AFTER: All new cabinets and closet with ample storage!

KITCHEN // AFTER:  All new cabinets, appliances, windows, doors, and closet with plenty of storage

KITCHEN // AFTER: All new cabinets, appliances, windows, doors, and closet with plenty of storage

KITCHEN // AFTER:  All new cabinets, appliances, counter-tops, and windows

KITCHEN // AFTER: All new cabinets, appliances, counter-tops, and windows

 
 
 
LIVING ROOM // BEFORE

LIVING ROOM // BEFORE

LIVING ROOM // AFTER:  New floors, fresh paint, new lighting, and new windows

LIVING ROOM // AFTER: New floors, fresh paint, new lighting, and new windows

 
 

Bathrooms

BEFORE // AFTER

 
BATHROOM // BEFORE

BATHROOM // BEFORE

BATHROOM // AFTER:  New vanity

BATHROOM // AFTER: New vanity

BATHROOM // AFTER:  New bright, fresh look and feel, with brand new vanity and toilet

BATHROOM // AFTER: New bright, fresh look and feel, with brand new vanity and toilet

BATHROOM // AFTER:  All new tile, tub and shower

BATHROOM // AFTER: All new tile, tub and shower

 
 

Bedrooms

 
 
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Exterior

before // after

EXTERIOR // BEFORE

EXTERIOR // BEFORE

EXTERIOR // AFTER:  New doors and windows and cast iron railings

EXTERIOR // AFTER: New doors and windows and cast iron railings

EXTERIOR // AFTER:  All new windows!

EXTERIOR // AFTER: All new windows!

EXTERIOR // AFTER:  New doors throughout and upgraded laundry

EXTERIOR // AFTER: New doors throughout and upgraded laundry

EXTERIOR // AFTER:  New cast iron railings

EXTERIOR // AFTER: New cast iron railings

 
 
 

To learn more about Huckleberry House and the great work they are doing for the youth in our community, visit their website at huckhouse.org