Location: Columbus, Ohio

Architect: Robert D. Loversidge, FAIA, Tim Velazco, NCARB, David A. Vottero, AIA, Schooley Caldwell Associates (SCA), Columbus, OH

Contractor: Corna Kokosing Construction, Westerville, OH

Dealer: Northern Window & Door, Westerville, OH

Project Overview

Restoring historical architecture elements and charm with new windows that had historically correct sight lines.

Installing new doors that were historically accurate but had modern functionality and were low maintenance.

Project Awards

  • Finalist for the 2016 and 2014 James B. Recchie Award honoring excellence in urban design
  • 2015 Palladio Award, Traditional Building Magazine
  • 2015 Historic School of the Year Award from Heritage Ohio
  • 2015 State Historic Preservation Office Award
  • 2015 J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation, Best Historic Rehab Utilizing New Markets Tax Credits category
  • "Preservation’s Best of 2015" from National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Trust Community Investment Corporation
  • 2014 Harrison Smith Award, Columbus Downtown Corporation


  • Custom clad double-hung, custom fixed double-hung and geometric in-sash radius windows
  • IWP® Aurora® fiberglass doors

Cristo Rey establishes Catholic schools for children in need. The building was the site’s historic School for the Deaf, originally built in 1898. In the next 100 years, it had many uses and underwent many renovations.

In 2012, Jim Foley, president of Christo Rey Columbus, saw great potential in the building as the home for a new high school. The 88,000-square-foot building went through extensive interior and exterior renovations. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The project was made possible in part by historic preservation tax credits.

JELD-WEN was asked to deliver solutions. The new windows needed to have historically correct sightlines just as the original windows had.

The custom wood window plant provided a custom shape with historically correct sightlines, accurately portray the time period. JELD-WEN collaborated with the National Park Service to confirm that the custom extrusion would serve to preserve historical accuracy.

New chair railing was installed that replicated the original, which was uncovered after removing non-original components. This new chair rail integrated with the door and window systems to provide an historically accurate solution.

IWP Aurora custom fiberglass doors served as entrance doors. This enabled the building to offer the historically accurate accents mirroring wood but with added durability and less maintenance. These attributes were important to the school.