The Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital was
a prominent part of West Columbus for many years. Sitting at
the crest on the north side of the W. Broad Street hill it stood
watch over floods and rapid Franklinton growth. Trolley cars
connected it to nearby downtown, and its position on the old
National Road or Rt. 40 offered additional visibility.
Its' imposing and grand architecture, and
it's sheer size brought much acclaim to the sprawling structure.
It was the largest structure under one roof until the Pentagon
in D.C. claimed the distinction. Portions of the structure can
be found at the Hilltop library and the newly installed public
art plaza between the new State Office Buildings, that now occupy
the Hospital site.