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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 120, September 23-24, 1853

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Identifier: DX04139609

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 120, September 23-24, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to the State House and the Medical College in Columbus, Ohio.


[excel]lent order, very cleanly, & the work performed of first rate quality. Quitting the building and skirting the quadrangle, we found a tame Bear, who was chained to a place, and walked round in a circle in the sunlight, a long piece of wood attached to the rope by which he was tied. He was not large, and seemed sluggishly discontented & sleepy. Shaking hands with the friendly Virginian, I left him at his houses & sought [George M.] Swan. His paper [Columbus Elevator] being out, he could accompany me in farther rambles. To the little river Scioto, noting its bridges, & works, to the site of the old state house, with talk of it & of the growth of the city. Another ramble after supper, & calling at an hotel the “Buckeye House” I made the acquaintance of an Eastern man, travelling Gunpowder selling towards Indiana. He, learning my destination, after some talk gave me invite, urging me to take part of his vehicle, there to see the country by the way. But inasmuch as time served not, I declined. Back to Swans & the friends having departed, I occupied their room. Bought [Nathaniel] Hawthorne’s “Twice told tales,” this evening.

24. Saturday. Out, Swan accompanying. To & over the State house, still in progress. A vast faзade, Green Doric columns, great, spacious, handsome rooms inside. Senate chamber, hall of Assembly, corridors & officers, all extensive. Solid stone & brickwork. The building will cost $10000, and prove a noble one. Many prisoners at work I saw. Thence to the bridges, & churches, which latter are all adjacent. The Medical College, a large, hybrid, fantastic affair, Norman arched windows, turrets, bay-windows, buttresses, little stone galleries with arch & masonry fantastically shaped below & above, Tudor arches, & ones of perfectly original continuance, — a curious, absurd,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-23

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Ohio Statehouse (Columbus, Ohio)
Scioto River (Ohio)
Books and reading
Public architecture


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