University, Hayes and Orton Halls

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
University, Hayes and Orton Halls
Orton Hall
University, Hayes and Orton Halls is located in Ohio
University, Hayes and Orton Halls
Location Columbus, Ohio
Coordinates 40°0′4.78″N 83°0′52.43″W / 40.0013278°N 83.0145639°W / 40.0013278; -83.0145639Coordinates: 40°0′4.78″N 83°0′52.43″W / 40.0013278°N 83.0145639°W / 40.0013278; -83.0145639
Built 1893
Architect Yost & Packard
Architectural style Other, Romanesque
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 70000492 [1]
Added to NRHP July 16, 1970

University, Hayes and Orton Halls are three historic buildings on the Oval at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. On July 16, 1970, they were added to the National Register of Historic Places under No. 70000492.

University Hall[edit]

University Hall

University Hall is regarded as a symbol of academic life at Ohio State.[citation needed]

Hayes Hall[edit]

Hayes Hall houses Art and Visual Communication and Design. The building is named after President Rutherford B. Hayes, who was also the governor of Ohio and advocated for a newly established land-grant university in Ohio.

Orton Hall[edit]

Orton Hall, one of the oldest remaining buildings on Ohio State University campus, opened in 1893 and is named after Dr Edward Orton, Sr. who served as OSU's first president, Professor of Geology from 1873 to 1899, and Ohio's State Geologist from 1882 until his death in 1899. Orton Hall is a tribute to this man's dedicated service towards the understanding of the geology of Ohio.

Orton suffered a partially paralyzing stroke in 1891, but continued to work. Ohio State University constructed a geological pleasure dome in 1893, and named it Orton Hall, in tribute to Edward Orton's seminal contributions.

The Hall is built of forty different Ohio building stones. In the outside walls, these stones are laid in stratigraphic order according to their relative positions in Ohio's bedrock. The capitals of the numbered columns in the entrance hall feature carvings of fossils, such as trilobites, as well as other objects such as the races of Man. The bell tower was dedicated in 1915 and contains 25,000 pounds of bells that can be heard regularly tolling across campus in the key of E-flat. Encircling the top of the tower are 24 columns with gargoyle-like figures which are restorations of fossil animals.

Because of its unique architectural features, which have made it a campus landmark, Orton Hall has been entered into the National Register of Historic Places. It presently contains the School of Earth Science's offices and laboratories of Paleontology, Historical Geology and Sedimentology, the Orton Geological Museum, and the Orton Geological Library.

Orton Hall features a bell tower with 12 chimes that toll every 15 minutes to the tune of the Westminister Chimes. They feature in the school's alma mater, Carmen Ohio. [2]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Twelve Days of Buckeyes: Orton Hall’s 12 chimes have rung for nearly a century". From Woody's Couch. The Ohio State University Libraries. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 

External links[edit]