Glass staircase not dress friendly
A glass staircase is causing women to rethink taking the stairs.
June 9th, 2011
08:44 PM ET

Glass staircase not dress friendly

For years, women across America have dealt with glass ceilings. But now, women in Ohio have a new problem - glass floors.

A $105 million courthouse opened in Franklin County, Ohio, on Monday, but the builders seemed to have forgotten one thing - the bottom of the stairs, reports affiliate 10TV. The staircase is made of glass.

Dress wearers need to avoid taking the stairs, according to Franklin County Judge Julie Lynch, who wears dresses under her robes almost every day.

"I wear dresses because that's my personal choice," Lynch told 10TV. "When you stand under the stairwell, you can see right up through them.”

She speculates that men, who didn’t take half the population into account, designed the stairs.

Attorney Lori Johnson was startled by the transparent stairs. She worries not only about stares, but also how many cell phones have cameras attached.

“The next thing you know, you’re on the internet,” Johnson said, according to 10TV. “It sounds like a lawsuit in the making.”

While security guards warn women about taking the stairs, it seems most are just hoping people will be mature about the situation.

"They hope people will be mature? That's not a solution," Lynch said to 10TV. "If we had mature people that didn't violate the law, we wouldn't have this building."

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  1. Jon

    If I were Judge Julie Lynch, I would be embarrassed about how unprofessional that interview sounded.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • jemison

      That was the sound of reasoned outrage, coupled with conviction. Need more judges JUST LIKE HER!

      June 10, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      I happen to know someone who works at the courthouse. Unless you run directly under the stair well (which is a non-traffic area) you can't see anything. I'm a woman, I wear skirts, I would use these stairs. You can't see anything unless you're very obviously trying. Couple that with the fact that there's a security guard standing close by... Some people just look for things to complain about. And, by the way, every element of the design of a building is green-lighted by the client. Designers aren't given free reign. If they were our buildings would look a lot cooler than they do.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. NotSurprised

    Another prime example where 'Appearance Is More Important Than Function' ! Exactly the same as our Congressmen...'Give a Good SHOW...But Accomplish NOTHING' !

    June 10, 2011 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin Observation

      I could be wrong, but I believe these glass stairs perform as well as any other stairs. I think it's your metaphor that does not perform properly.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff

    That staircase looks amazing....hats off to the designers. Great idea!!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Arc

      CNNnews today, Jeff arrested on charges of indecent exposure and "fapping" under transparent staircase, more to come.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. mainehunter

    Get me to the courthouse baby!! I want to surrender!

    June 10, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Josh

    Why can't they simply "fix" the stairs, by making the glass frosted or something? Cost should be fully covered by the architect's insurance, if reported soon after occupancy.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Realist

    This from the prudes in Ohio? Go figure.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bill McStickers

    I love how the lawyer at the end says it's a lawsuit in the making. Typical lawyer.

    June 10, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • jemison

      so what would you do if (God forbid) someone took a photo of your wife or daughter, from this angle, and uploaded them to the internet? (You'd call a lawyer!) You, like many others hate lawyers, until you need one!

      June 10, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Randy

    Another example of Government waste, how much more did it cost us ohioians to build glass stairs?

    June 10, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Nicholas

      What's wrong for spending a bit of money on aesthetics. I guess we could make all of our buildings plain, utilitarian, white painted, straight angled, unimaginative designs. Good call.

      June 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SS

    The judge sounds obnoxious.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • jemison

      She sounds really, really great to me! (Especially that part where she's excoriating that cop!)

      June 10, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Nicholas

      @jemison Do you really have nothing better to do than sit here trying to refute every comment that takes a realist stance? Seriously, EVERY COMMENT?

      June 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert

    Is Ohio bush that bad to look at?

    June 10, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Keith

    If only we had some form of paint, or perhaps plastic film that people use to make their car windows darker. No, we need to staff someone in security to warn the dress wearers. I need to find myself a kilt and see if they warn me about climbing those stairs.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Arc

      Bolsterig the economy by creating more jobs.... The cou8ntry needs about 14 million new glass staircases.

      June 10, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dystopiax

    Judge Julie – I'm staying with the small convex mirror that I religiously tape to my left shoe.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lindalou

    Enclose the stupid things, put window tinting on the back side of the steps. There is a solution without tearing them down.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. ck97

    How are these stairs any different than those without riser members such as in some apartment complexes? I like the idea one reader had about frosting the glass over. Should take care of the problem while maintaining the design idea. Too bad the taxpayers will most likely foot the bill for that, too.

    June 10, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. jemison

    George W or his father?

    June 10, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • motoman172

      Yeah it's Bush's fault LMAO

      June 10, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Nicholas

      *rolls eyes*

      June 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicholas

      @jemison You are not an intelligent person.

      June 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      @Nicholas: You are not supposed to feed the trolls.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
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