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. Kelli

    With a few cans of spray paint, they can solve this problem quickly and cheaply.

    June 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Petrus

    awesome, stairs designed by Beavis & Butthead Architects, Inc.

    June 11, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. pH

    Glass stares.....move along...
    nothing here to see.

    June 11, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tbrow

    This seems more like a Clinton design.

    June 11, 2011 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Curtis

    Tint the risers idiots.

    June 11, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      Um, the risers are the vertical part of a staircase. The TREAD would be the part that would need to be solid.

      June 11, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      or you could tint the tread and risers... the previous comment wasn't really all that helpful

      June 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • jere7my

      Ashley, the treads are already opaque. See 0:35 in the video, for instance.

      June 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ronna

    You mean perverted men designed the stairs.

    June 11, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. joe

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

    June 11, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. rick

    I never understood panty fetishes, oh well.

    June 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    I have been a glass worker for the past 10 yrs. All that needs to be done to fix the stairs at a minimal cost would be to frost the glass. This would be done with a etch paste or by sand blasting this would obscure the view and could be done in a very short period of time.

    June 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan Brown

      As you suggest above, they quickly frosted the glass stairs installed at Cornell University in a student union renovation a few years back. I don't think it cost much. It was a period in which women rarely if ever wore dresses in that building; but the project leaders should have known that there would be visitors and special events with that kind of clothing worn. I don't know the gender of the renovation designers. Between the traction strips, and daily soil and scuffing up, they were not too transparent very long anyway.

      June 12, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. KG

    I agree that a tint guy could fix this in just a couple hours. But, in the mean time maybe the guard could stop warning the ladies and just watch for pervs standing under the stairs...

    June 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim

    Hmmm 105 million dollar courthouse in this age of fiscal austerity and all we seem to think that is wrong are the glass treads on the stairs?

    June 12, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. joel Johnston

    Of course you have to build a Courthouse with the finest in details, like glass stairs, after all, it is only taxpayer money you are spending. Why do we wonder why this country is in debt? Because every public works project is build like money is limitless.

    And, BTW, I'd hate to have that nasty judge on my case, she looked like she had enough anger and bias for half her city.

    June 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Adam Graves

    I just saw this on CNN TV, and why not post that Security Guard near the under side of the stairs preventing photographers from taking pictures. This way women can use the stairs if they want to.

    June 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robert

    How about frosting the glass below it?

    June 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anonymous
    The company that was responsible for the design. Too bad that is this what they are going to be known by for a while.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
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