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Captain Edward V. Rickenbacker House
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Rickenbacker House in 2016
Location 1334 East Livington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1895 (1895)
Architect William Rickenbacker
NRHP reference No. 76001426
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Added to NRHP May 11, 1976
Designated NHL May 11, 1976

The Edward V. Rickenbacker House is a historic house at 1334 East Livingston Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. Built in 1895, it was the childhood home of Eddie Rickenbacker (1890–1973), who at various times in his life was a flying ace, Medal of Honor recipient, race car driver and a pioneer in air transportation. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

Description and history

The Edward V. Rickenbacker House is located on the north side of East Livingston Avenue (United States Route 33), between Miller Avenue and Lockbourne Road. The house is a 1½ story frame structure, with the additional possibly of brick, all covered with shingles. The roof is a gable with a shed dormer. Windows are one-over-one sashes. A former porch is now enclosed. Access to the cellar is through an exterior metal bulkhead door on a concrete base; the concrete bears the initials "E.V.R." The house interior comprises three rooms on the first floor and two in the attic. A one-story shed on the property dates to the Rickenbacker occupancy.

The first portion of the house was built between 1893 and 1895 by Rickenbacker's father, William, with two rooms on the main floor and two attic rooms. About 1900 William and Eddie Rickenbacker built an ell to the north, over a cellar. Eddie grew up in this house, and it was his nominal residence during World War I until he rented an apartment in 1922 with his wife. Eddie paid off the mortgage on the house after his father's death, and it remained in the family until about 1960, the residence of Eddie's sister Mary.

The house was purchased by the city in 1998, when it was poor condition, with the intent of making it the centerpiece of a museum that would revitalize the area. The effort had faltered by 2009, after some rehabilitation had been made to the house. The effort has since been taken over by a nonprofit organization.

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