WESTERN & SOUTHERN LIFE INSURANCE BUILDING - Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 06.065 W 084° 30.343
16S E 715690 N 4330955
Quick Description: Insurance company headquarters building in downtown Cincinnati.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 5/3/2008 9:17:23 PM
Waymark Code: WM3Q79
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member JimmyEv
Views: 116

Long Description:

The WESTERN & SOUTHERN LIFE INSURANCE BUILDING, NE, corner of Fourth St. and Broadway, is a 4-story structure with eight massive Ionic columns on the Fourth Street facade and four similar ones on the Broadway side.  It was completed in 1916.  The 7-story annex extending toward Fifth Street was added in 1935.  The home office of the company, which was founded in 1888, has been on this site since 1901.

Predecessor of the building was the historic Dexter home, where Charles Dickens had been entertained.  Decades before, John Cleves Symmes had sold the site for $4.

 ~ from Cincinnati: A Guide to the Queen City and Its Neighbors, 1943, Tour 4, pgs. 170-171

The building continues to serve the Western & Southern Financial Group, with their subsidiary the Columbus Life Insurance occupying the building.  The headquarters for the Western & Southern Financial Group are located within the same complex of buildings.

Book: Cincinnati

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 170-171

Year Originally Published: 1943

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