There is no other building in Ohio that is as rich in beauty, history and legend. Opened in 1857 and completed in 1861, the Statehouse is one of the finest examples in the nation of Greek Revival architecture—listed by the National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark. Your guests will tread the same floors as U. S. Presidents, international heads of state and legendary power brokers of government and industry. They will dine in the same chambers where Union Army soldiers took shelter for the night and infamous ghosts still make rare appearances.
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Greek columns reach up to the glass and bronze ceiling surrounding the granite floor of this magnificent space. On the east side of the Atrium is the grand staircase in the Senate Building, inspired by the Paris Opera House. Used for lectures, trade shows, lunch programs, dances, twilight receptions and candlelit dinners, the Atrium is the brilliant centerpiece of the building's social calendar. The Atrium offers 4,068 square feet of events space. This venue is equipped with Wi-Fi.
The arched limestone-walled Museum Gallery highlights the significance of eight major themes that shine a light on democracy and illuminate the ideals of Ohio Government. It is the perfect site for receptions and buffets. Its brick floors and wrought iron lanterns provide an intimate setting. The Museum Gallery offers 1,792 square feet of events space. This venue is equipped with Wi-Fi.
The 120-foot high domed Rotunda with its inlaid marble floor and mammoth pieces of original art work is decorated in 28 different colors. It is crowned with a 28-foot glass skylight that bears a hand-painted reproduction of the Great Seal of Ohio as it looked in 1861. The architects of the Statehouse intended the most imposing chamber in the Statehouse to be the "People's Room." The Rotunda offers 3,000 square feet of events space. This venue is equipped with Wi-Fi.
This elegant plantation-shuttered room is furnished with antiques, a delicately carved piano, green velvet chairs and a red taffeta settee and ottoman. Oil portraits of early Ohio Governors adorn the walls above a 125-year-old oval dining table that comfortably seats 16 for a board meeting, luncheon or dinner. The large leafed-table may be broken down to accommodate seated luncheons, dinners or intimate teas and receptions. The State Room offers 1,107 square feet of events space. This venue is equipped with Wi-Fi.
George Washington Williams Memorial Room
A scarlet velvet circular banquette is the centerpiece of this room that was created to honor the first African-American member of the Ohio General Assembly and his successors. This room is appropriate for news conferences and small receptions. The George Washington Williams Memorial Room offers 624 square feet of events space.
Period furnishings and artifacts honoring Ohio's first female legislators are the inspiration for this room. The room is appropriate for news conferences and small receptions and luncheons. The Ladies' Gallery offers 624 square feet of events space.
Throughout history, the 10-acre park-like lawns and plazas of the Ohio Capitol have been the gathering point for the state and the greater Columbus community for massive celebrations, commemorations, observances of mourning and even civil disobedience.
It was the Statehouse lawn where jubilant celebrants gathered as a collective spirit to mark the end of two world wars. It was Capitol Square where 50,000 Ohioans joined a grief-stricken nation to mourn the death of President Lincoln at a cortege that included his casket placed on public view in the Rotunda.
Today the plazas, lawns and gardens of Capitol Square are used for rallies, news conferences, public picnics, veterans' observances, kick-ball games and a host of other activities.
West, North and South Plazas
The West Plaza (High Street) at the McKinley Monument has the largest surface area and has space for up to 5,000 people. The area has a natural "stage" that can be used as a platform for speakers and entertainment—the elevated area at the rear of the McKinley Monument. The North Plaza faces Broad Street and the South Plaza faces State Street and the Ohio Theater. These areas are ideal for activities up to 750 people.
This area became the new East public entrance to the Statehouse and Senate Building when it was dedicated in 1998. It serves as a symbol that Ohio government could not exist without the sacrifices Ohio veterans have made. Veterans' activities and observances take first precedence on this grassy plaza. Veterans' Plaza is ideal for activities up to 500 people.