Orton Hall - Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
N 39° 59.912 W 083° 00.704
17S E 328269 N 4429532
Quick Description: Orton Hall at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as "University, Hayes and Orton Halls."
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 11/25/2007 12:12:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM2NCH
Orton Hall, one of the oldest remaining buildings on The Ohio State University campus, opened in 1893 and is named after Dr. Edward J. Orton, Sr. who served as OSU's first president, Professor of Geology from 1873-1899, 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 Sr. 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's seminal contributions.
The Hall is built of 40 different Ohio building stones. In the outside walls, these stones are laid in stratigraphic order according to their relative positions in Ohio's bedrock. If you observe closely the capitals of the numbered columns in the entrance hall, you will see 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 U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It presently contains the Department of Geology and Mineralogy's offices and laboratories of Paleontology, Historical Geology and Sedimentology, the Orton Geological Museum, and the Orton Geological Library.