Historic Columbus Foundation awards grant to help preserve Spencer House The Historic Columbus Foundation will award a $2,000 Virginia T. Peebles grant on Monday to help preserve the Spencer House at 745 Veterans Parkway. The award will be presented to the Golden Owlettes at 10 a.m. at the Spencer House. The public is invited. The Spencer House is an historic landmark. It was the home of William Henry Spencer, one of the city's most respected leaders, whose legacy includes pioneering education of black children in Columbus, creation of a high school for black children and service as superintendent of black schools. Spencer lived in the neo-classical house at 745 Veterans Parkway from 1912–25, and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. In recent years the house has fallen into disrepair and has been vandalized on several occasions. The Owlettes were chosen by the Spencer family to undertake the responsibility of restoring and maintaining the landkmark structure.