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Christopher Columbus at State House

Alphons Pelzer
W. H. Mullins Company

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Full figure portrait of Christopher Columbus standing with his right leg forward and his head bent down, looking at the globe in his left hand. His right arm is bent slightly and reaching forward. Next to him is a rectangular pedestal on which a sphere sits. Water cascades down each side of the base's front.


Sculpture's base:

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Christopher Columbus, an Italian navigator, launched four voyages of discovery to the new world. Donated by the Josephinum to the State of Ohio. This statue was relocated to Capitol Square. The fountain honors Ohio's sister state bond with Liguria, Italy, the navigator's home.
The Pontifical College Josephinum commissioned this statue from the W. H. Mullins studio.


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the spirit of discovery
has the power to change
the course of human history
as demonstrated by
the voyages of
Christopher Columbus
whose imagination
shattered the boundaries
of the western world
Modern history has been shaped by
one man's courage to pursue a dream.
A dream shared
by later generations
who explored a vast continent
where freedom and opportunity
beckoned to those with
the courage and immagination
to venture westward.
Westward into Ohio
came the successors
to the spirit of Columbus,
naming the capitol city
of the new state
after the man who symbolized the spirit of the frontierů
Frontiers explored
by later generations of Ohioans
extend beyond land and water
to a new world
whose potential
remains to be unlocked
by the spirit of discovery.


The statue was commissioned by The Pontifical College Josephinum in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage. It was purchased by Mssgr. Jessing in 1892 for $400 or $500. The sculpture was originally located at Pontificial College Josephinum, on 18th Street between Mound and Main Streets, in Columbus between 1892-1932. It was presented to the State in 1932

Christopher Columbus Discovery Plaza.
Located along the south side of the Statehouse, this 1892 statue by Alphons Pelzer was commissioned by Monsignor Joseph Jessing for display at the Pontifical College Josephinum courtyard (at 821 E. Main Street). It was moved to the Statehouse in 1932, a gift to the State when the Josephinum moved to Worthington.

The statue is similar to those in Peoria, Ill., and Phillipsburg, N.J.

This monument on postcards

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Location (N 39°57'41" - W 82°59'58")

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