Orton Hall Essay

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On the main campus of The Ohio State University exists Orton Hall, the oldest, in conjunction with Haynes Hall, of the four main buildings still remaining on the historical center of campus also known as the Oval. Orton Hall is popular visitor site to not only students, teachers, and staff but tourist and visitors as well. These tourist and visitors are ordinary people that may not fully understand the history behind this building, but they can perceive that it is important based on just looking at it. Even the average person can recognize that Orton Hall is an important building to The Ohio State University, thanks to the conversation the architecture depicts. Orton Hall’s name derived from the dedication to Edward Orton Sr., the first president…show more content…
3). It begins with a single long rectangle then it experiences addition of rectangles. Next are extensions of the center datum and added rectangles. The last change is the addition of semi-circles to the north and west side. The main reason for the addition of these semicircles is due to the influence of the Romanesque style of architecture. Orton Hall is an ideal example of the Richardsonian Romanesque style. This style is from the 19th century and was popularized by architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Aspects of this style which are all incorporated into Orton Hall include a heavy stone exterior, tower, steeply pitched roof, red clay roof, bay window and round arches (Fig. 4). Without these characteristics Orton Hall would lose all of its most distinguishable features. A precedent with similar features would be the Broad St. United Methodist Church located in downtown Columbus (Fig. 5). This building is built in the High Victorian Gothic style by the same architect as Orton Hall, Joseph w. Yost. Yost may have used a different style for the two buildings but they are similar in which they both have steep sloping roofs, a tower, and asymmetry (Fig. 6). The tower along with the other features of Orton Hall can be simplified into abstract and simple shapes such as cylinders, prisms, a sphere cut in half, and a cone (Fig.
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