Mirror Lake District

Mirror Lake District

The Ohio State University has begun 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, is being renovated 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 will be much the same as it would have been throughout the past century, but the facilities will be upgraded dramatically to 21st century standards for safety, sustainability and functionality. During the first phase of this project, which began last spring, Baker Commons was renovated to house the Office of Student Life’s disability services.


In November 2013, the university began exploring ways to make the lake more sustainable. The restoration will return 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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March 30, 2018

The construction team will soon be packing up its equipment, as renovations of the historic Pomerene Hall are nearing completion. Late May 2018 is the target date for the new tenants of the building to start moving in. Pomerene Hall will house Translational Data Analytics, the Undergraduate Data Analytics Major...

March 20, 2018

Moving day is not far off for the new tenants of Pomerene Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University.

A tour last week reveals that more than a year of construction has turned one of the classic buildings on campus into a modern monument to advanced teaching...

November 22, 2017

The long-held tradition of jumping into Mirror Lake the Tuesday before the Ohio State-Michigan game came to an abrupt halt in 2015, where one student died from injuries sustained during the lake jump. Last year, the university started construction on the area, and this year, the re-development continues, with...