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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August 7, 2018

The new and improved Mirror Lake District will once again be open to the public. For the past two years, Mirror Lake has been under renovation with a focus on enhancing safety and sustainability. Click here to watch ABC6's story about about the work.

July 30, 2018

Water has returned to Mirror Lake.

Construction of the centerpiece of the historic Mirror Lake District started in late 2016. The lake has remained largely empty since then – filled with backhoes and construction workers. That’s changing.

Work crews continue to install walkways, add landscaping and refine...

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...