David Meleca - Putting the Cap on Columbus


Once a month, C Magazine sits down with a prominent Columbus figure to discuss how they spend their time out of the office and between paychecks. This month, we sat down with David Meleca, the architect who gave us the Cap at High Steet and I-670, as well as the Neil Avenue Bridge.

C Magazine: You’re Italian. What is your favorite Spaghetti Western?
David Meleca: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly…what else??

C Magazine: What do you most have in common with Frank Sinatra?
Meleca: Our great respect for Ava Gardner.

C Magazine: You designed The Cap. What will be your next Columbus landmark?
Meleca: I’d like to pay homage to Woody Hayes by bringing Ohio Stadium back its original Classical detailing.

C Magazine: Why is there so much steroid abuse in architecture?
Meleca: We need large muscles to compete with our large egos.

C Magazine: You’re a well-known wine connoisseur. What’s your favorite red wine?
Meleca: Shafer, Hillside Select, Cabernet Sauvignon

C Magazine: Favorite Italian dish?
Meleca: My new wife, Angela.

C Magazine: Best pizza place in Columbus?
Meleca: Bexley Pizza Plus

C Magazine: What was your first concert?
Meleca: The last concert held at St. John’s Arena….AC/DC & The Pat Traver’s Band.

C Magazine: Do you have any pets?
Meleca: I had a pet Rock once, does that count?

C Magazine:
You’re swept up by an F4 tornado and dropped in a little village with munchkins and a yellow brick road. What do you ask the wizard for?
Meleca: A brain