Ohio Statehouse Tour ****Postponed****

August 17, 2020 12:00 AM to August 21, 2020 12:00 AM
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The Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215
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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this tour has been postponed.  Once the stay at home restrictions have been lifted, the Programs Committee will work towards rescheduling this tour.


The IFMA Central Ohio Programs Committee is hard at work finalizing a tour of the Ohio Statehouse.  The tour will be during the week of August 17-21st and we'll update the tour information as soon as it's available. 


Ohio Statehouse

The Statehouse is situated on a 10 acre parcel of land that was donated by John Kerr, Lyne Starling, John Johnston and Alexander McLaughlin, four prominent landholders in the Franklinton area on the west side of the Scioto River. The initial design was arrived at through a design competition. Construction actively began on July 4, 1839 with the ceremonial laying of the cornerstone. The structure would be completed much later, in 1861. Prison labor from the Ohio Penitentiary was used to construct the foundation and ground floors of the building. Objections from skilled tradesman, who felt they were losing out on good-paying jobs, brought about changes in hiring practices for the remainder of the construction.

The Statehouse is built in the Greek Revival style, a type of design based on the buildings of ancient Greece and very popular in the U.S. during the early and mid 1800s. Because ancient Greece is the birthplace of democracy, the style had great meaning in the young American nation. Greek Revival was simple and straightforward and looked nothing at all like the Gothic Revival buildings popular in Europe at the same period. The broad horizontal mass of the building and the even and regular rows of columns resemble such buildings as the Parthenon in Athens. The Ohio Statehouse is a masonry building, consisting largely of Columbus limestone.

The limestone was taken from a quarry on the west banks of the Scioto River. The stone of the Statehouse foundation is more than 18 feet deep. During the course of the Statehouse's construction, 22 years would pass, but it would not be a period of non-stop work. Construction would cease during the harsh winter months, and as the project would exceed its budget, there would often be halts in construction as new funding was arranged. The longest gap in construction came about when the legislation making Columbus the state capitol was due to expire. There was a eight-year lapse in the building of the Statehouse from 1840-1848. The completed basement and foundations were actually filled in with soil and Capitol Square was used as a pasture.



Ohio Statehouse visitors are invited to park in the facility's underground parking garage. This convenient and affordable parking solution offers direct sheltered access to the Ohio Statehouse and Senate Building, Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, James A. Rhodes State Office Tower and the Huntington Center.

The Statehouse Underground Parking Garage is open to the public 24 hours a day and can accommodate vehicles under 6'6" in height. The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) assumes no responsibility for fire, theft, damage to or loss of a vehicle or its contents. Emergency call buttons are located throughout the facility if assistance is needed. The Statehouse parking garage is patrolled by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The Statehouse is located in downtown Columbus on Capitol Square. Vehicles can access the Statehouse parking garage from State or Third Streets (there is no High Street entrance, and the Broad Street entrance will close for renovation May 13, 2019). For more information, contact the Statehouse parking garage at 614-728-2557, or visit the parking garage office located on the green level at the entrance of State and Third Streets.

The Statehouse Underground Parking Garage renovation begins Phase 1 of construction May 13, 2019.  Some spaces, stairways and elevators will be closed to the public.  For more information, click here.