Twenty-five years ago, the Ohio Statehouse completed a restoration of the entire Capitol Square. Learn about the award-winning restoration with exhibits, objects and photographs throughout the building.
From 1989 to 1996, the Ohio Statehouse underwent a complete restoration. The only completely new addition to the Statehouse is the Atrium, a gorgeous and spacious area that connects the Statehouse and the Senate Building. Before the restoration, it was just an open space that was used as a walkway, but now it is used as a connector and serves as a convenient gathering place for press conferences, special events, and even weddings. Pictured here is the Atrium before the restoration and pictured next to it is the Atrium after the restoration.
While the Atrium is meant to be functional, it is also an Ohio landmark. In 1859, Abraham Lincoln addressed a small group of Ohioans about Union preservation from the former east terrace – now the Atrium - and there is a plaque to commemorate his visit. A year and a half later, President-elect Lincoln returned to Columbus, and while here, he received the official telegram from Washington D.C. officially confirming his presidential election win.
The restoration was completed in 1996, and it has been 25 years since. The Statehouse has gone through several changes and overcame many obstacles to get it to where it is today. The functioning government building is more than that; it’s an experience. Happy 25th Anniversary, Statehouse!
To Be Announced--later in 2021, a special event will be planned to mark the 25th anniversary of the restoration.
Before, After and During photos from the 1989-1996 restoration can be seen here:
Photos from the 1996 reopening celebration can be seen here: