Mirror Lake District

Mirror Lake District


The new Mirror Lake District is officially open.

The Ohio State University began restoring historic Mirror Lake and the surrounding district focusing on safety and sustainability. The overall Mirror Lake District, including Baker Commons, Browning Amphitheater and Oxley and Pomerene Halls, has undergone renovations to create modern learning environments for students and faculty in data analytics, linguistics and the history of art — while retaining its significance, ambience and appearance as an early and iconic area of campus. The experience of walking through the district is now much the same as it would have been throughout the past century, but the facilities have been upgraded dramatically to 21st century standards for safety, sustainability and functionality.

In November 2013, the university began exploring ways to make the lake more sustainable. The restoration returns Mirror Lake to a more natural and sustainable state — closer to its historical form — while emphasizing improved stormwater management, reducing chemical water treatments, increasing overall biodiversity, and more.


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November 2, 2018

On a crisp October day at Mirror Lake, senior Michael Madson surmises why dissolved solids in the lake have dropped in the past few months.

He discusses a few hypotheses with Audrey Sawyer, assistant professor of earth sciences. Could it be seasonal? Or manmade: The fact that the renovation...

August 22, 2018

The Historic Mirror Lake District that has been under construction since fall 2016, which included the renovation of Mirror Lake, Browning Amphitheater and Pomerene and Oxley halls, officially removed its fences Aug. 10. The project budgets were more than $69 million, collectively.

Read The Lantern article to...

August 17, 2018

Fences have come down, walkways are clear and the iconic Mirror Lake is open on campus.

Video captured by Ohio State News shows the evolution of the new Mirror Lake after construction started in late 2016.

The historic Mirror Lake District renovation, which includes Baker Commons, Browning Amphitheater...