The Broad Street Christian Church was built in the Arts and Crafts and Mission styles in 1907. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The church’s final service took place in 2009 after the congregation set up the Broad Street Christian Church Legacy Fund. Today, the building is home to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
The Broad Street Christian Church
was organized in 1870 and originally located on Third and Gay Streets. This
first church was known as “Old Central.” Their next church was built in 1907 on
East Broad Street and designed by Wilbur T. Mills. The building was added to
the National Register of Historic Places on December 16, 1986.
The departure of the church’s
full-time pastor in 2007 was followed by a period of interim pastors and
declining attendance. Instead of trying to save the church, the congregation
decided to set up a legacy fund that would continue the church’s tradition of
public service. The Broad Street Legacy Fund chose five ministries as beneficiaries:
Camp Christian of the Ohio Region, Southside Community Ministries (a community
food bank), Amethyst Incorporated (an addiction program for women in the
Columbus area), Reconciliation Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ) and the Cleveland Christian Home.3 The church’s closing worship was held
December 27, 2009.