New Ohio Courthouse Stairs Offer View of Briefs, Legal et al


The new $105 million Franklin County Common Pleas Courthouse in Columbus, Ohio, has a quirk that is exposing more than legal briefs. Glass stairs in the foyer allow peepers a glimpse up a woman’s skirt, reports the Columbus Dispatch. “If you wear dresses, you’re on notice that you might want to take the elevator, as I will be doing,” said Judge Julie M. Lynch.

The seven-story structure opened Monday. The county is aware of the issue and has discussed whether anything needs to be done. For now, security guards have been told to keep an eye out for people craning their necks. If the design becomes a problem, the county can adjust the glass to make it less transparent, but officials are hoping not to disrupt the artistic integrity of the building. Stairs using glass have become increasingly popular, partly because of the elaborate glass staircases that are the hallmark of Apple’s flagship stores, the Dispatch says.

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