Rhodes State Office Tower

The James A. Rhodes State Office Tower is a 629-foot (192 m) skyscraper located in Columbus, Ohio. The Rhodes Tower was completed and occupied in 1974, and is currently the tallest building in Columbus and the fifth tallest in Ohio (after the Key Tower, Terminal Tower and 200 Public Square in Cleveland and Great American Tower at Queen City Square in Cincinnati). Currently, approximately 4000 state employees work in the building. Construction costs totaled approximately $66 million. It is named after Ohio's longest serving governor, James A. Rhodes. The building's odd shape is attributed to a last-minute decision to cap the buildings height; originally, the building was supposed to be nearly 150 feet (46 m) taller. The building, located across Broad Street from the Ohio Statehouse, contains several state offices. The Rhodes Tower contains 1,200,000 square feet (111,000 m2) of office space. The offices and courtroom for the Ohio Supreme Court were at one time located in the Rhodes Office Tower, having moved from the Judiciary Annex of the Statehouse. The court left the building for its own facility, the Ohio Judicial Center, in 2004. The Rhodes State Office Tower is located right behind the LeVeque Tower when viewing downtown Columbus from the west. Additionally, The Board of Trade Building was demolished to make way for this building.


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