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The Ohio Statehouse houses the Ohio General Assembly and the ceremonial offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, and auditor. Most state capitol buildings in the country have domes inspired by that of the United States Capitol. However, the Ohio Statehouse was designed and built before the United States Capitol building was enlarged and graced with its dome, so it does not have a dome as most state capitol buildings do. Instead, it is topped with a drum-shaped cupola.

In 1838 the state had a competition to decide the design of its new capitol building. Out of 50 entries, three finalists were chosen. However, the commission in charge of selecting the design could not agree on a winner, so elements of each of the three designs were incorporated into the building. Construction started in 1839, but was delayed until 1848 because of a debate over whether Colombus should continue to be the capital. A cholera epidemic and panic during that time also contributed to the delay. Construction resumed in 1848 and was completed in 1861.

The building was constructed of limestone which was quarried nearby on the west bank of the Scioto River. It is in the Greek Revival style, with each fašade composed of a Doric colonnade with recessed loggia.

The Ohio Statehouse has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Directions: The Ohio Statehouse is located at 1 Capitol Square, in downtown Columbus.

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  • Updated Nov 12, 2010
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