Built in 1895 as the office and residence of Dr. Lewis M. Early, M.D. and his wife Lulu. The property was listed on the Columbus Register of Historic Properties in 1989.
In the 1940’s it was used as a Bed & Breakfast for visiting African American musicians who played the famous jazz clubs on Mt. Vernon Avenue and Long Street. Cab Calloway, Count Bassie and Duke Ellington are said to have said here while performing in Columbus.
The Garden Manor Conservatory (2014)
In 1974 it was the home of the Garden Manor Cultural Arts Center serving as an outreach to aspiring young African American artists and entrepreneurs.
Since 2003 is has become the residence and of Allen Baker & Al Waddell. Much of the original interior had been repaired, reconditioned and preserved during 25 years by the previous owner.
One of the first major projects was the return of the 93 sections of stained glass to the ceiling of the 500-square-foot conservatory. The pieces had been stored in a bedroom after they were removed in 1974 during a roof repair.
The Main Salon with twin marble fireplaces
Also renovated is the brick building behind the house where the original owner had his medical practice in the 1880s.
It now serves as the design studio for owner Allen Baker, a noted Columbus architectural and interior designer. He has designed a formal garden, which included the restoration of the original pond and 60' terrace.
Although the house has not been a private residence for more than 50 years, most of the original interior features had been well preserved.
The Garden Manor Conservatory seating / viewing area (2013)
The Garden Manor -
Built c. 1895
Remodeled c. 1910
Updated c. 1974 & 2004
The Garden Manor Conservatory (2013)
A tradition of
established in 1940
The Garden Manor