Columbus City Hall (Ohio)
|Columbus City Hall|
The east facade of Columbus City Hall, 2018
|Architectural style||Neoclassical Revival|
|Address||90 West Broad Street|
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Columbus City Hall is the city hall of Columbus, Ohio, located at 90 West Broad Street, at the intersection of Broad and Front Streets, in the city's Civic Center on the east bank of the Scioto River. Among others, it contains the offices of the city's Mayor, Auditor, and Treasurer, and the offices and chambers of Columbus City Council. It was built during a period of extensive construction along the city's riverfront, including the building of the American Insurance Union Citadel, now known as the LeVeque Tower, directly to the east across Front Street.
In 1921, a fire destroyed the old City Hall, built in 1872 at East State and Third Streets, now the site of the Ohio Theatre. James John Thomas, mayor of Columbus from 1920 to 1931, laid the cornerstone for a new City Hall on October 29, 1926. The building was dedicated on April 18, 1928. The five-story building, constructed of Indiana limestone, was designed by the Allied Architects Association of Columbus in the Neoclassical Revival style and built at a cost of US$1.7 million, equivalent to $24.80 million in 2018. Allied Architects also designed the adjacent Central Police Station building at West Gay Street and Marconi Boulevard, which opened on March 26, 1930, was abandoned in 1991 with the opening of a new police headquarters building, and was renovated in 2012 to allow the consolidation of various city government offices. City Hall was originally also the venue for the city's Municipal Court, and its proximity to the Police Station building provided for efficient movement of prisoners between the two buildings.
Initially built in three sections surrounding a central courtyard, a fourth section was added on the east side of City Hall in 1936 to enclose the courtyard and provide additional office space. The structure was further renovated in 1949.
The south patio of City Hall facing Broad Street was named the M. D. Portman Plaza in 1996 after a long-serving City Council member, and is home to a 20 foot (6.1 m) tall bronze statue of Christopher Columbus by Italian sculptor Edoardo Alfieri. The statue was a gift to the city of Columbus from the citizens of Genoa, Italy and was dedicated on October 12, 1955.
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