Rhodes State Office Tower
|Rhodes State Office Tower|
30 East Broad Street|
|Owner||State of Ohio|
|Roof||191.72 m (629.0 ft)|
3 below ground
|Floor area||111,483 m2 (1,199,990 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
Dalton, Dalton, Little, and Newport|
The James A. Rhodes State Office Tower is a 41-story, 191.72 m (629.0 ft) skyscraper at 30 East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio. The Rhodes Tower was completed and occupied in 1974, and is currently the tallest building in Columbus and the fifth tallest in Ohio after Key Tower, Terminal Tower and 200 Public Square in Cleveland and Great American Tower at Queen City Square in Cincinnati.
Currently, approximately 4,000 state employees work in the building. Construction costs totaled approximately $66 million. It is named after Ohio's longest-serving governor, James A. Rhodes. The building's odd shape is attributed to a last-minute decision to cap its height; originally, the building was supposed to be nearly 150 ft (46 m) taller.
Rhodes Tower contains 1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2) of office space. The offices and courtroom for the Ohio Supreme Court were at one time located in the Rhodes Office Tower, having moved from the Judiciary Annex of the Statehouse. The court left the building for its own facility, the Ohio Judicial Center (now known as the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center), in 2004. The Rhodes State Office Tower is located right behind the LeVeque Tower when viewing downtown Columbus from the west. Additionally, The Board of Trade Building was demolished to make way for this building.
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