Dublin Arts Council is housed in an elegant French-Eclectic styled building that was constructed in 1941 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This notable structure, once a private residence, is situated atop a sloping 4.32-acre estate, providing sweeping views of the Scioto River to the west. The property is rich with colorful stories and cultural heritage, providing inspiration to Dublin Arts Council in its mission to engage the community, cultivate creativity and foster life-long learning through the arts.
The home was originally built by prominent Columbus attorney Charles Krumm and his wife, Sarah. Eleanor and Andre Gelpi, founders of Swan Cleaners, purchased the home in 1947. Mrs. Gelpi, a pioneering businesswoman and local champion of the arts, made the residence famous through many gala events and celebrity guests she hosted in her home.
The city of Dublin purchased the property in 1999 and turned the home into a community center dedicated to the arts. Dublin Arts Center opened to the public on March 17, 2002 as the home of Dublin Arts Council. Dublin Arts Council leases the property at 7125 Riverside Drive from the city of Dublin.
Please explore the fascinating history of this facility and its cultural heritage by viewing the video and additional sections below.