Carew Tower - Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 06.065 W 084° 30.785
16S E 715053 N 4330938
Quick Description: Historic skyscraper and currently the tallest building in Cincinnati.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 4/7/2008 8:27:25 PM
Waymark Code: WM3HKE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 156

Long Description:

"Carew Tower is the tallest building in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. It stands 49 stories tall in the heart of downtown, overlooking the Ohio River waterfront, and is a national historic landmark. It contains the Netherland Plaza Hotel (currently a Hilton, and formerly the Omni Netherland Plaza). Palm Court, the former lobby of the hotel, and now the restaurant, is described by the hotel as the "finest example of French Art Deco architecture in the world." The building; however, will be eclipsed by the Great American Insurance Building at Queen City Square in 2011 rising 86 feet (26 m) higher than the Carew Tower.

The building was designed by the architectural firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon Associates, the designers of the Empire State Building. The Carew Tower, built before the Empire State Building was conceived, served as the basis for the design of the larger Empire State Building, as evidenced by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Associates' ability to produce the building drawings for the Empire State Building in just two weeks.

Construction began in September of 1929, just one month before the stock market crash on October 24 that triggered the Great Depression. Because of this, construction was continued on a modified plan. The grand details (architectural motifs, friezes, and decorative metal) that are common on art deco buildings were stopped at the third floor and plain bricks were used on the floors above. Art deco themes can be found throughout the building, particularly in the metalwork and grillwork of the elevators and lights. Rookwood Pottery floral tiles add the "Cincy" touch to the building. Sculpture on the exterior and interior of the building were executed by New York architectural sculptor Rene Paul Chambellan. North side view from the observation deck. North side view from the observation deck.

The total cost of the building was US$33 million, which at that time was an enormous amount of money. It took crews only 13 months to complete the construction, working 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Today the building is home to a mixed crowd of tenants, including a shopping mall, the Netherland Plaza Hotel, and offices. Visitors can pay a small fee to access the observation deck, which is located on the 49th floor. On a clear day, visitors can see for several miles in all directions and three states (Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio)." ~ Wikipedia

The building was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1994.  The observation deck is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $2.00.

Building Name: Carew Tower

Structure Height: 574

Number of Stories: 49

Year Built: 1931

Architect/Design Firm: Walter W. Ahlschlager, Delano & Aldrich

Style: Art Deco

Use: Both Office and Residential

Publicly accessible areas:
Mall, hotel, and observation deck publicly accessible.

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

$2 to access observation deck.

5th and Vine Cincinnati, Ohio

Building Website: [Web Link]

Emporis link: [Web Link]

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