MTM Cincinnati: A Skyscraper Grows In Downtown

Last week, I said Carew Tower is the tallest building in Cincinnati.

For now.

Already, between Third and Fourth Streets, across Ft. Washington Way from Great American Ballpark, construction has begun on what will soon be the tallest building in the city.

The Great American Building at Queen City Square.

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Western-Southern Insurance

At 41 stories, it will be 86 feet taller than the Carew Tower.  Much of that 86 feet will be the distinctive “tiara,” the rounded, transparent top to the building.  The building takes its name from Great American Insurance, which is leasing much of the office space from crosstown rival Western-Southern Group.

The building is different from the squarish high rises that dominate downtown or the classic lines of the Carew Tower and PNC Bank Tower.

Construction began mid-2008 and is expected to be completed by late 2010.  Right now, it’s just a hole in the ground.

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Travis Erwin keeps tabs on this week’s My Town Mondays here.

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