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  West Side Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, OH
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  • West Side Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, OH - Columbus
      West Side Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, OH
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  • Conical Roof on Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, OH - Columbus
      Conical Roof on Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, OH
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  • Ohio Statehouse Atrium - Columbus
      Ohio Statehouse Atrium
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  • Ohio Statehouse Atrium View of Conical Dome - Columbus
      Ohio Statehouse Atrium View of Conical Dome
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  • East Side Senate Building - Columbus
      East Side Senate Building
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The Columbus capitol building, which faces in a westernly direction, is distinctive for its conical shaped roof atop the cupola, where most state capitols have a dome. This unusual design appears to have been the product of some indecision and confusion during the design process, where none of the three leading design contest winners were chosen, a cholera epidemic in Columbus in 1848 cause neglect of construction responsibility, and a subsequent apparent uncertainty about details of the design and construction process across some 16 years of work. Indeed, the completion of the structure languished to the point where the original 1816 era, cramped and inadequate, two story wood framed capitol building, located at the corner of state and high streets, finally burned to the ground in 1852. This prompted politicians to immediately move into unfinished interior offices, trample through a rotunda that was not yet painted. The low conical shaped roof, known as the cupola, with its interior dome over the grand stone floor pattern of the rotunda, had not been part of the orginal design but appears to have been the product of supervising architects, Russell and West, during the latter stages of construction. To my knowledge, only Oregon shares such architectural diversion from the traditional classical dome, the most familiar example of which is at the capitol building in Washington, D.C. In 1901, the Judiciary Annex was built as a separate building on the property that faces east. Then, beginning between 1989 and 1993, restoration of both buildings and the addition of the joining glass and metal Atrium, improved function with an all weather access between the governing and judicial branches of Ohio's state government. Today, the Senate occupies Judiciary building while the Supreme Court now meets in the Ohio Judiciary Center, hence the name for this part of the state capitol building is today called the Senate Building.

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