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The Ohio Statehouse, Columbus

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The Ohio Statehouse, located in Columbus, Ohio, is the house of government for the state of Ohio. The Greek Revival building houses the Ohio General Assembly and the ceremonial offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, and Auditor.HistoryDesign and constructionWhen the state government relocated to the new city of Columbus in 1816, it occupied a modest two-story building on the corner of High and State Streets. This early capitol had chambers for the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate, but the rapid growth and expansion of government functions resulted in overcrowding. Efforts to relieve the cramped quarters with additional small buildings were ineffective and it soon became apparent that the government would require a larger facility.In 1838, Ohio's government announced a competition to select the design for a new Statehouse. This strategy was not unusual at the time, as important public buildings such as the U.S. Capitol had resulted from similar contests. From about fifty entries, three winners were selected: first prize was awarded to Henry Walter of Cincinnati, the second to Martin Thompson of New York, and the third to painter Thomas Cole, also of New York. However, the organizing commission responsible for choosing the winners was unable to agree on a final design for construction.
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  • The Capitol building is not only a working place for the Ohio government, but also a magnificent monument of Ohio history. The architecture of the building is beautiful. Amazingly, we looked at a lot ...  more »
  • The tour guides at the Statehouse do a marvelous job and everyone comes away with lots of new knowledge about Ohio and it's people. The beauty of the meeting rooms, dome, and overall structure are uni...  more »
  • I think your experience here may depend on your tour guide. When we visited, our tour guide was a gentleman that had a walking boot on one of his feet, so it was obvious that it was difficult for him ...  more »
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  • Had an amazing tour. Learned so much about Ohio!
  • I got a tour and it was very nice. Cool county map of Ohio on the floor, and the gift shop is nice. Definitely get a tour and check out the legislature chambers and other things, as well as the Lincoln Rotunda in the middle of the building. If you are in Columbus, check it out.
  • Definitely recommend the tour. Great informative staff.
  • What the crap was this?! it was awful
  • Very cool place that you might not know is there