STATEHOUSE NEWS


(COLUMBUS, OH) — Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The business meeting will be held in House Hearing Room 313 and will begin at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public, and will be live streamed online at OhioChannel.org. The meeting agenda is available upon request.

Please note the updated meeting location. Room 313 is accessible using the elevator or stairs in the South Light Court.

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(Columbus, OH) –Repairs to the Ohio Statehouse and the Capitol Square grounds due to the protests on May 28 through June 18 will cost the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board $158,263.57. This amount does not include the expenses incurred by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, or the costs to repair the damage that occurred on other state property.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is responsible for maintaining the historic character of the Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square while providing for the health, safety and convenience of those who work in or visit the complex.

The CSRAB hired a professional service to clean and remove graffiti from the limestone building and walls, as well as the granite and marble monuments. The broken windows of the Ohio Statehouse have been boarded up since May 29, as the CSRAB collected quotes for repairs to the glass and the wooden millwork of the windows and doors. Exterior damages include pole lights and lanterns, a bench and many of the trash cans.
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Half-staff flags at Ohio Statehouse
In honor of the life and service of Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia, the flags shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds in Lucas County until the day of his funeral. The Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes Tower will also fly flags at half-staff.


The funeral services for both Marine Sergeant Wolfgang Kyle Weninger and Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia will take place on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. All flags may be raised to full staff at sunset on July 7, 2020.
 
 
 

Capitol Square in the rain
In honor of the life and service of Ohio Marine Sgt. Wolfgang Kyle Weninger, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Geauga County and at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes Tower until sunset on the day of his funeral. All other public buildings and grounds throughout the state may fly the flags at half-staff upon their discretion for the same time period. This was proclaimed by Governor Mike DeWine on the 21st day of June 2020.

 
 
 

File photo, Ohio Statehouse
In honor of the life, service, and contributions of Annie Glenn, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Franklin County, Ohio from sunrise to sunset on June 6, 2020 and throughout Muskingum County until sunset on June 6, 2020.
 
 
 

West Rotunda Doors of the Ohio Statehouse, High St. side
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is responsible for maintaining the historic character of the Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square while providing for the health, safety and convenience of those who work in or visit the complex.

The following damage occurred during the protest at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday night. This list may be updated as we continue our assessment.

Building Damage


  • Windows: 28 Statehouse window panes shattered along the West and South sides of the Statehouse, as well as damage to the wood frames.

  • Damage to the State St. door

  • Damage to the West Rotunda doors



Exterior

  • West Plaza


    • 5 Pole Lamps


  • North Plaza


    • No Damage


  • East Plaza


    • Fire damage to flags in flower beds

    • Flower bed damage from fire


  • South Plaza


    • Bench, SE Node (Granite and bench damaged)




There was no damage to the Atrium or Senate Building. Many of the trash cans on the exterior were dumped and thrown. Some cans missing, lids missing, cans dented.

At this point CSRAB does not have an assessment of the costs.

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36-Star Flag in Ohio Statehouse Rotunda
An historic Thirty-Six Star American Flag is on display in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda. The 155-year-old flag was flown over Capitol Square in 1865 when the body of Abraham Lincoln lay in repose in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse. The display includes an exhibit of Civil War artifacts related to the Lincoln funeral train. This exhibit is open to the public in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda this weekend until Veterans Day. The Ohio Statehouse is closed Monday for Memorial Day.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) welcomes the return of the Thirty-Six Star flag that flew over Capitol Square during the repose of President Abraham Lincoln, on April 29, 1865. The flag originally was presented to David Nevin Murray of Portsmouth, Ohio for his contributions to the war effort on behalf of the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Since then, Murray and succeeding members of his family lent the flag for parades, memorials, and special events, including the inaugurations of Governor John W. Bricker and Governor Frank Lausche at the Ohio Statehouse. In 1945, the flag hung in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda as a memorial for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The flag was donated to the Ohio History Connection in 2016 by David N. Murray’s great, great granddaughters, Lt. Colonel Mary K. Van Tilburg and Dr. Emmalou Van Tilburg. The flag is on loan from the Ohio History Connection until Veterans Day.

Included in this display is an exhibit of artifacts related to the Lincoln funeral journey on loan from the descendants of Brig. General John C. Caldwell, a member of the Guard of Honor on Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train in 1865.
[Update, 6-1-2020.] A historic 1865 newspaper from the time of Lincoln's death can be seen in the display. It is on loan from Ray DiRossi, a staff member for the Ohio Senate.
The Ohio Statehouse is open to the public during working hours. Social distancing and face coverings are encouraged. Guided tours have been postponed until further notice. The Ohio Statehouse is closed on Memorial Day and on state holidays.

Pictures available at http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/thirty-six-star-flag-in-rotunda

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Veterans Plaza at the Ohio Statehouse
To honor Memorial Day, the flags shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio from sunrise until noon on May 25, 2020. Please remember that when this expires, the flags should remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Annie Glenn’s Memorial Service – June 6, 2020.
 
 
 
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