Under 18 T-shirt winner
Adult T-shirt winner
The new Ohio Statehouse T-shirts designed by 2014 contest winners, Reimi Wakabayashi (Columbus, OH) and Andy Kittles (Springfield, OH) are available for purchase in the Ohio Statehouse Museum Shop and online at

The Ohio Statehouse T-shirt Design Contest was announced by the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) in March and garnered submissions from all over Ohio. “The contest was an opportunity to foster artistic creativity throughout Ohio. Reimi and Andy are gifted artists, and the Ohio Statehouse is proud to feature their work,” said William E. Carleton, executive director of CSRAB.

About Reimi Wakabayashi
A native of Columbus, Reimi Wakabayashi was born January 29, 2000 and has a passion for art. As a student at Ridgeview Middle School, Reimi maintained a 3.83 GPA while participation in the Columbus City Schools talented and gifted visual arts program. She will be a freshman in the fall and enjoys academics and design in her spare time.

About Andy Kittles
Andy Kittles lives in Springfield, Ohio with wife Susan and daughter Abbey (9). A graduate of the School of Advertising Art (Kettering, Ohio - Class of 1992), Kittles worked in the Taft administration at the Ohio Department of Development as a graphics manager in the Office of Communications and Special Projects from 2000 to 2006.

Currently, Kittles serves as a Senior Art Director for The Ohlmann Group, a Dayton, OH based advertising and communications firm, where his responsibilities include creating visual communication solutions for local, regional, national, and international clients.

When not at work, Kittles enjoys a wide variety of interest, which include: painting, sculpting, building, playing the saxophone, golfing, watching sports, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The business meeting will be held in the State Room (room 108) and will begin at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda is available upon request.

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Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) Space Committee will meet Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The business meeting will be held in the State Room (room 108) and will begin at 11:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public.

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Ohio Statehouse parking garage
Spectators for the city of Columbus’ Red, White and Boom celebration on July 3 are invited to park in the Ohio Statehouse underground parking garage. The Ohio Statehouse is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Columbus and a short walk from the riverfront. More than 1,000 public parking spaces will be available during the event.

A special pre-pay event parking fee of $5.00per vehicle will be available AFTER 5 p.m. Vehicles entering the garage prior to 5 p.m. will be charged the daily hourly rate. Daily rates are available at

The Statehouse parking garage can accommodate vehicles under 6’6’’ in height. The Statehouse is located in downtown Columbus on High and Broad Streets. Vehicles can access the Statehouse garage from East Broad, State or Third Streets (there is no High Street entrance) pending no road closures associated with the Red, White and Boom festivities. For more information, contact the Statehouse Parking Garage at 614/728-2557.

*Monthly pass holders will not be accessed an additional fee. The Ohio Statehouse will close to the public Thursday, July 3 at 5 p.m. and reopen Saturday July, 5 at 11 a.m.

A complete list of parking rates and directions is available at

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Effective Tuesday, July 1, 2014 the daily parking rate in the Ohio Statehouse Parking Garage will increase $1. The new daily parking rates are listed below. The $1 increase can be avoided: if a customer pays his or her daily parking fee at one of the five “Pay-on-Foot” pay stations, located on the Green Level of the garage, the $1 rate increase is waived.
This rate increase is for daily parking only; the monthly parking rate is unchanged.

Again, for those patrons that use the Pay-on-Foot pay station, the $1 rate increase will be waived. There is no procedural change to the automatic payment system in the Ohio Statehouse Garage—the purpose of this communique is to notify the public of the daily parking rate increase.

Link to “Pay-on-Foot” pay station map:

Statehouse Parking Garage
1 Capital Square
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4210

Garage Clearance 6’6”

Rates Effective July 1, 2014

Daily Rates*
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday





1/2 - 1






















Evening Rates
6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday







Weekend Rates
6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday





Each additional 4 hours
(or any part thereof)


* Use a Pay-on-Foot PAY STATION and save $1.

If you have any questions, please, contact the CSRAB at 752-9777.

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Star Flower
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is proud announce the acceptance of a $2,000 grant from The Little Garden Club of Columbus. The grant was used to purchase flowers that have been planted on Veterans Plaza and the Statehouse grounds. The flower pattern will form the American and Ohio flags. Funds have also purchased annuals that form quilt patterns on the north and south side of Capitol Square. This year’s quilt patterns are “Maple Leaf” in the Broad Street planter and “Star Flower” in the State Street planter.

“We are extremely grateful to the Little Garden Club of Columbus for their generous donation. The Club’s support enhances the Statehouse grounds for all Ohioans to enjoy –CSRAB is proud of our partnership that continues to bear beautiful fruit,” said William E. Carleton, executive director of CSRAB.

The Little Garden Club of Columbus’ commitment to Capitol Square will ensure that the Ohio Statehouse continues to be a symbol of elegance and grandeur for the people of Ohio. The Ohio Statehouse grounds serves as a prominent green oasis in the heart of the capital city. More than 100 plant species are maintained on the grounds; including a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.

Situated on 10 acres in the heart of downtown Columbus, with the backdrop of the magnificent Greek Revival Capitol building, the Ohio Statehouse grounds encompass expansive pastoral green spaces, flower gardens and sculpture honoring Ohio’s past. The grounds continue to serve as a gathering place for both historic rallies and everyday events.

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The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation today mark the five year anniversary of the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center. The Museum—dedicated June 10, 2009 in a Statehouse ceremony— has in five short years welcomed over 375,000 students from all 88 Ohio counties.

“I am proud that the museum has been available to so many young people in the first five years. Our goal at the Ohio Statehouse is to inspire future leaders of Ohio. Through the Ohio Statehouse Museum we are able to engage schoolchildren in a learning environment that explores the Ohio General Assembly and the law making process, state budgeting, voting in Ohio and the separation of powers in three independent branches of government,” said William Carleton, CSRAB executive director.

The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center offers interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to participate in state government and equips them to more fully exercise their political power as citizens of Ohio. The Museum explores the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary branches of government, the Ohio Constitution, Making Laws, Elections and Voting. Since the opening, new elements have been added: the Heart of Democracy, glass panels with inspirational quotes in 2010; seven different exhibits for Great Ohioans; and in 2013, the Governor Thomas Worthington Center.

“Our purpose throughout the development, construction and maintenance of the Statehouse Museum was to “Enrich the Experience” for all who visit this magnificent building. We are proud of the enhancements since the opening in 2009 and look forward to providing new exhibits and continuing our work with all of our stakeholders to make the Museum the finest of its kind in the United States,” said Charles R. Moses, Chairman of the Capitol Square Foundation. Since 2009, the Foundation has helped fund 70,000 student visits to the Ohio Statehouse. Additionally, the CSRAB has cleaned and restored the entire Ohio governor and lieutenant governor portrait collection with assistance provided by the Capitol Square Foundation.

Teachers and students utilize the museum as an educational resource. However, communication technology has advanced at breakneck speed with mobile and tablet innovation leading the way. The CSRAB and the Capitol Square Foundation, collaborating with stakeholders, will undertake a review of the Museum’s technological capabilities to maintain the Ohio Statehouse Museum as a tool educators can use, on site and in the classroom.

Yet as any museum professional will tell you, technology is not a panacea; teachers are the integral piece to a child succeeding in his or her academic career. With this in mind, the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center will again partner with the Creative Learning Factory to host a teacher training entitled “Using the Statehouse as Teaching Tool” Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ohio Statehouse. This is one more resource that has been added in the first five years of the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center.

The Ohio Statehouse Museum is located on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.; closed on state holidays. For more information about the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center and the Ohio Statehouse, please, visit

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Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial Photography© Brad Feinknopf 2014
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) has dedicated a new memorial on Capitol Square. The Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial was unveiled by Governor John Kasich and architect Daniel Libeskind during a ceremony held at the Ohio Theater and the South Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse today.

The ceremony was the conclusion of a three year process that began May 4, 2011 when Governor Kasich proposed a memorial to remember Ohio Holocaust survivors and Ohio World War II veterans who liberated thousands from Nazi death camps in the spring of 1945. In March 2012, Governor Kasich signed legislation authorizing the creation of the memorial with oversight of the project being given to the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and the Ohio Arts Council.

Located on Capitol Square, visitors to the memorial will enter a sloped platform of smooth reddish-grey granite that leads to the monument. The pathway is flanked by benches and a descending wall of Columbus limestone. The top of the wall is inscribed with the words, “If you save one life, it is as if you saved the world...” and below on the stone is the inspirational quote by Auschwitz survivor Avner Shalev that reads:

“Every human being who chooses to remember this chapter of history and to infuse it with meaning is thereby choosing to struggle for the preservation of the bedrock moral values that alone make possible the existence of a well-ordered society. This is a commitment to uphold human rights, above all, freedom and the sanctity of life, and the opportunity for people to live side by side in harmony.”

A fissure created by rough stone fractures the path down the center and leads visitors to the top, where two 18-foot-high bronze monolithic forms are positioned at a 45 degree angle to one another. The line ascends the center of the monument to a cut-out form of a bisected hexagram star lined with contrasting stainless steel, which offers a skyward view.

Etched on the face of the bronze monument is the inspirational story of two Auschwitz survivors. The narrative recounts the bravery that Michael Schwartz and his cousin demonstrated during a work camp selection session at Auschwitz in the fall of 1944. Michael saved his cousin’s life by transferring an ink star on his forehead to his cousin’s forehead in defiance of his Nazi oppressors. Through this short story the reader is stuck by the death and despair of Auschwitz and inspired by the courage and strength that Michael and his cousin show in the face of evil.

Memorial Facts:

  • Designer: Daniel Libeskind, Studio Daniel Libeskind

  • General Contractor: Turner Construction and Zahner Co.

  • Steel/Bronze: Zahner Co.

  • 4 tons of steel (standard A36K);

  • 3.5 tons of bronze

  • Stone: Cleveland Marble & Mosaic Co.

  • 11 tons of limestone

  • 13.7 tons of granite

  • Building Area: 1,029 square feet

  • Total Budget: $2.145 million

  • Starting Date: November 6, 2013

  • Dedicated: June 2,2014

Ohio Statehouse monuments and dates of completion:

  • These Are My Jewels, 1894

  • William McKinley Monument, 1906

  • Peace, 1923

  • Spirit of ’98, 1928

  • Ohio World War Memorial, 1930

  • Christopher Columbus Discovery Monument, 1932

*The monument was moved to the Ohio Statehouse in 1932 from Pontifical College Josephinum (Worthington, OH); 1992 rededicated in its current form.

  • Ohio Veterans Plaza, 1998

  • Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial, 2014

Watch the Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial groundbreaking at:

Watch the Ohio Holocaust and Liberators Memorial Dedication Ceremony at:

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