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The Olde Towne East neighborhood is located on the east side of Columbus. The community is bounded by Interstates 71 and 70/East Freeway and the Interstate 670 interchange. The main thoroughfares include East Main Street, Bryden Road, and East Broad Street. The ZIP codes for the area are 43201, 43203, and 43205.

Built as early as the 1830s, Olde Towne East was the first neighborhood in Columbus and comprises more than 1,000 residences. The large, historic homes are known as the Broad Street Mansions and were built for affluent politicians, businessmen, and architects who wanted to escape the city. A variety of architectural styles are represented, among them Italianate, Queen Anne, and Gothic Revival. Some of the best-known residents were James Thurber, cartoonist and humorist; the Lazarus family, founders of the Lazarus Department Store; and governors of the State of Ohio from 1920 to 1957.

The Department of Development created the Bryden Road Historic District in 1989. The Historic Research Commission governs alterations to these homes to protect their original character and design.

The Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association actively promotes and encourages civic pride and improvement among residents, businesses, and property owners. Two private home and garden tours are available, the Olde Towne East Tour of Homes in summer and the Homes for the Holidays tour in winter.

A community garden is located at Oak Street and Garfield. The garden is place for Olde Town East residents to enjoy green space and to work together to beautify their community.

Olde Towne East is pedestrian-friendly in its street layout. The Columbus Metropolitan Library, The Columbus Museum of Art, Franklin University, Capitol University Law School, and Columbus College of Art and Design are within a 15-minute walk of the neighborhood.

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