Restoration of Iconic State Capitols

Explore the restoration of some historic statehouses and their 21st-century relevance.


Got dome envy? 

Why do state capitols have domes? Specifically, why does the Ohio Statehouse NOT have a dome? Capitol buildings around the country come in all shapes, sizes and architectural styles . . . how are they the same and how do they differ? Can we make a historic state house relevant in the 21st Century? Can we introduce modern life safety, accessibility, energy efficiency and security to these buildings? What can we do with a capitol that sits on a major fault line? What happens when the state outgrows its capitol building? 

These questions and more are addressed in this session, using real-life examples from recent renovation projects at the Ohio Statehouse, the Kansas Statehouse, the Utah State Capitol and the Minnesota State Capitol.

Provided by AIA Columbus.

Learning objectives

  • Identify the complex relationship of politics, economics, design and construction of major public sector renovation.
  • Understand ways of achieving accessibility, code compliance and energy efficiency in historic buildings.  
  • Evaluate and distinguish the various design interventions including additions and new and old interventions and modernizations and how they affect building occupants. 
  • Apply concepts used to incorporate mechanical systems and life safety elements into historic buildings as they design their own projects.
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1.50 LUs
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    Bob Loversidge


    CEO | Schooley Caldwell

    Bob Loversidge is an award-winning preservation design architect, a Fellow of the American...