HISTORIC PRESERVATION CONSULTING

Welcome to Benjamin D. Rickey & Co.

Providing historic preservation consulting services to architects, real estate developers, and communities

Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places

Community Preservation & Revitalization Planning

Design Assistance for Architects & Engineers

Heritage Area Development & Heritage Tourism

Contact Us

Benjamin D. Rickey & Co.
Nancy Recchie & Jeff Darbee

Phone & Email

614-582-8268
nrecchie@gmail.com

ABOUT

Benjamin D. Rickey & Co. provides historic preservation consulting services to architects, real estate developers, and communities. With backgrounds in history, American studies, and architectural history and over 40 years of experience each, Benjamin D. Rickey & Co.’s principals are well-versed in the broad range and rich history of American architectural and community design.  They use their skills to help clients maximize the potential of historic resources and gain access to historic preservation tax credits, always seeking the best balance between old and new.

Services include:

• Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places

• Community Preservation & Revitalization Planning

• Design Assistance for Architects & Engineers

• Heritage Area Development & Heritage Tourism

• Historic Preservation Tax Credits

BIOS

Jeff Darbee

Jeff began his career when he joined the staff of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, Ohio Historical Society, in early 1974. In 1980 Jeff and his wife, Nancy Recchie, began Benjamin D. Rickey & Co., a consulting firm specializing in historic preservation. A major part of the company’s work has been over 100 certified rehabilitation projects using the Historic Preservation Tax Credits. One of the firm’s specialties is serving as preservation consultants on major public building projects such as the Ohio Statehouse, Ohio Stadium at the Ohio State University, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

In addition to consulting work for others, Jeff and Nancy have undertaken the rehabilitation of a deteriorated carriage house in downtown Columbus and converted it into three condominiums; moved and rehabilitated a historic house in Granville, Ohio to prevent its demolition; constructed a new single-family residence in downtown Columbus, Ohio (the first in over 50 years) utilizing the historic stone façade from a building being demolished; rehabilitated a three-family residence in the German Village Historic District in Columbus, Ohio and turned it into a single-family dwelling; and rehabilitated the former Lazarus House in the East Town Street Historic District in Columbus, Ohio converting it into three large apartments. The Granville house and the Lazarus house utilized federal historic tax credits and the Lazarus House used the Ohio historic tax credit, as well.

Jeff is a noted historian and contributor to “Columbus Neighborhoods,” a continuing series produced by WOSU-TV, the local PBS affiliate.

Jeff has served as a member of the boards of Preservation Action, the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, the Columbus Architecture Foundation, the Columbus Historical Society, the Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Preservation Alliance, and Downtown Ohio, Inc.

Contact Jeff: 614-582-8268  |  jeffdarbee@gmail.com

Nancy Recchie

Nancy began her preservation career when she established the Central Ohio Regional Preservation Office, part of Ohio’s official state preservation agency, in 1976 and formed a preservation consulting company with her husband, Jeff Darbee in 1980. Nancy’s preservation activities have included preparing comprehensive surveys and preservation strategies for a number of Ohio communities; writing design guidelines; advising architects on rehabilitation of and additions to historic buildings and working with the Ohio Arts Council to develop a regional heritage area program in Ohio’s Appalachian region. She and her husband Jeff have rehabilitated a number of historic buildings in Columbus and Granville. She has coordinated the James B. Recchie Design Award, named in honor of her late brother, a founder of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, since 1984.

Nancy and Jeff served as adjunct faculty for Ohio Dominican University (teaching Columbus Urban History and leading study abroad courses in Rome, Florence, Venice and Paris) and now teach at the Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University (Historic Preservation Planning).

Nancy’s volunteer efforts have also been centered on preservation. She has served on the board of the Ohio Preservation Alliance, served two terms as president and is now an honorary trustee of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation. In 1987 she was given the Junior League’s President’s Award for her volunteer contributions to historic preservation and in 1995 received the Columbus Landmarks Foundation’s Outstanding Person Award. Nancy and her husband teach a course in Historic Preservation at the Knowlton School of Architecture, at The Ohio State University and have taught study abroad trips to Rome, Paris, Florence and Venice for Ohio Dominican University.

Contact Nancy: 614-582-8268 nrecchie@gmail.com

PROJECTS
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE

National Register of Historic Places

We have completed over 150 successful National Register nominations, including individual properties, historic districts, and multiple property documentation.

Heritage Area Development & Heritage Tourism

• Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area
We worked with the Ohio Arts Council to establish Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area program, which covers a 31 county area in the state’s Appalachian region. Beginning as a program of the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area has become a private non-profit organization and has been recognized by the State of Ohio as an official heritage area.
• Underground Railroad in Ohio’s Hill Country
We worked with ten communities in Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area to develop strategies to jointly promote and develop their Underground Railroad stories and encourage tourism.
• Little Cities of Black Diamonds
We worked with former coal-mining communities in the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Region (also located in Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area) to develop a plan for interpretive sites for visitors and strategies to encouraging tourism in the area.

Design Assistance for Architects and Engineers

Ohio Statehouse, Columbus
Ohio Judicial Center, Columbus
Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, Columbus
Ohio Stadium, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Mack Hall, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Cleveland Union Terminal (Terminal Tower), Cleveland
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus
Old Post Office, Capitol Square, Columbus
Federal Reserve Bank, Cleveland
Reese-Peters House, Lancaster
Harrison County Courthouse
South High School, Columbus
Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus

Historic Preservation Tax Credits

We submitted our first historic preservation tax credit application six days after the federal law took effect on January 1, 1982. Since then we have prepared well over 100 successful applications for a wide variety of for-profit and non-profit clients. Applications included both federal and state historic tax credits. We have personally completed two historic tax credit projects in Columbus and Granville, Ohio.

PUBLICATIONS

Benjamin D. Rickey & Co. principals have authored a number of publications on subjects including architecture, historic preservation and local and state history. To preview or purchase, visit the links below or contact us.

AIA Guide to Columbus

Ohio: The Buckeye State

German Columbus

Cincinnati Parks and Parkways (add link)

Delaware and Delaware County, Ohio (add link)

Little Cities of Black Diamonds

Indianapolis Union and Belt Railroads (add link)

Checklist for Change

Architecture Columbus

Guide to Outdoor Sculpture in Columbus

Columbus Union Station

GALLERY

CONTACT US

Let’s discuss your next project!
614-582-8268 | nrecchie@gmail.com