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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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Because Columbus serves as one of the country's major convention centers, its downtown offers comfortable rooms at all price levels. Hotels in the central part of town not only keep you close to all of the city's major attractions, but also provide you with modern amenities that include 24-hour room service, fitness centers, spa services, and on-site restaurants and bars. To stay in the city for a fraction of the price, consider an inn or motel near the Interstate exits.
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  • The Statehouse is a beautiful Capitol. We were aloud to look around and the dome was breathtaking. There is a gift shop in the basement as well as a cafe-Graze. Take time to walk around the outside an...  more »
  • We have visited many State Capitals. This one was rather difficult to find as it is the middle of Columbus and the was a great deal of street construction going on. We took the guided tour. The tour g...  more »
  • The grounds are very well kept. There is often some event going on outside. The building is beautiful inside and out. We like to take our grandchildren to Civil War events and to the Grand Winter Ball...  more »
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  • While I think any statehouse is worth a visit, and we wander the country taking in as many as possible, this is one of the least attractive ones. They host a good landscape/gardens and the flower beds that are planted like OH & US flags are magnificent! Rotunda marble mosaic floor is gorgeous as is the interior of the adjoining building, but the statehouse exterior is plain and the interior color scheme is awful. There is a nice museum in the basement, which used to be the stables. Don't miss the taxidermy pigeon in the connecting arboretum. Someone had a sense of humor.
  • I do not know how you review a State Capitol, but I was there for Youth in Government multiple times and it is very functionable, beautiful, accessible, and historical and you can have events held in the Capitol. Can not really complain about anything except that it can sometimes take awhile to get in the Capitol during Youth in Government, but that is only annual and nothing major that would prevent events and what not. A great Capitol over all.
  • We took the free tour and had a great time. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and right on time. Family fun learning time!
  • Really cool location! Has a lot going on around it with a great public vibe.
  • One of the more run-down state capitols I have been to. The signage is weird and the hallways do not make sense to a first-time visitor. Also navigating between the original building and the annex is confusing.