GRANVILLE, COLUMBUS

"THE OHIO STATE CAPITOL BUILDING"

In the heart of downtown Columbus, on Capitol Square, the Statehouse was begun in 1839. Its cupola was modeled on the circular Tholos of Delphi, then recently discovered in Greece. It preserves in its lower level (the walls downstairs, around the gift shop) the visible rubble footers that were taken from the Mound Street Mound, as was the clay to make many of the bricks in its inner walls. A huge mural in the rotunda depicts the Treaty of Greeneville, which forced Indians to give up their claims to much of what is now Ohio.

The Ohio Statehouse is a good example of Greek Revival monumental architecture, reflecting the democratic idealism of the time.

Granville, Columbus

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