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BUILD IT! The Genius of Ohio Stadium

Banvard Gallery, Knowlton Hall
September 15, 2012 - 9:00am to October 25, 2012 - 5:00pm

public preview

Saturday, September 15, 9:00 - 11:00AM, Knowlton Hall Banvard Gallery

The public preview will take place prior to the OSU vs. California football game and is free and open to the public.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, September 19, 5:30PM, Knowlton Hall Banvard Gallery

The reception follows the Baumer Lecture Series presentation by Pavel Getov, Studio Antares.  The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

about the show

The KSA Banvard Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM and is free and open to the public. The Gallery is located on the first floor of Knowlton Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University. For direction information, visit our directions page.


This exhibit will borrow materials from a number of sources and, with the help of students at the Knowlton School of Architecture, will generate new graphics, mappings and images. The old and the new will tell the story of innovation and genius of building the Ohio Stadium. Sources include:

  • Students of The Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University
  • Faculty of The Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University
  • The College of Engineering, The Ohio State University
  • University Architect’s Office, The Ohio State University
  • Chris Zacher – Bicentennial Committee, The Ohio State University
  • Ohio State University Archives
  • Ohio Historical Society Archives
  • WOSU


This exhibit is sponsored by the College of Engineering, Knowlton School of Architecture, WOSU, 200Columbus, ARC Color Services and ACP Visioning + Planning.


Ohio Stadium represents more than one of the most spectacular venues for college football. It represents audacity, confidence, and most of all, genius. The conception and construction represent important inspiration for a community that aspires to be intelligent and innovative—and to be recognized for these traits.

The year 2012 marks the 90th anniversary of Ohio Stadium, one of the country's most innovative structures when it was built in 1922. The year 2012 also marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of Columbus, Ohio. Together, these two milestones provide an important opportunity to tell the story of the stadium's creation and its connection to the broader community.

This exhibit conveys the origins of the stadium, the key players that made it happen, obstacles they faced, and the collaboration across the State that made it all possible. A portion of the exhibit will be dedicated to the stadium’s unassuming but prolific architect, Howard Dwight Smith.

Drawings, photographs and memorabilia of the fundraising, construction and first games at Ohio Stadium will be on display. In addition, Howard Dwight Smith’s remarkable impact on the City's built environment from 1920 to 1950—beyond Ohio Stadium— will be revealed.


Jamie Greene and Sarah Bongiorno
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ACP Visioning + Planning | 1269 Grandview Ave | Columbus, OH 43212
(t): 614-586-1500

Curators | Kristy Balliet and Phil Arnold