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Cincinnati Skyline
Cincinnati's skyline is a landscape of visages representing the values that built the city: Patience, perseverance, loyalty and labor. We brought together a team of journalists to tell you more about those majestic buildings — buildings you've probably seen from afar but might not know much about.
Carew Tower Fast FactsThe original structure included a 20-story automated garage that was partially demolished in 1990 and is now used for tenant storage. Floors 7-10 had hollow floors for plumbing and wiring to accommodate medical practices. Elevators moved at 900 feet per minute, the fastest in Ohio at their debut.Carew Tower and Netherland Plaza were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.The hotel was originally called St. Nicholas Plaza, but the rival Sinton Hotel sued for trademark infringement – and won. Unwilling to change $2 million worth of embroidered linens and engraved silverware, developers came up with a new name to cover the monogram, "St.N.P." So, it became Starrett's Netherland Plaza.Insiders can read more:Carew was home to NL, MLB commissioner's offices1924 visit forever changed Cincinnati's skyline
Carew Tower By The NumbersAdress: 441 Vine Street, Cincinnati OH 45202Height: 574 feetOffice: 510,555 square feet on 49 floors.Retail: 17 stores (Radio Shack closing June 30); 189,207 square feetHilton Netherland Plaza: 561 rooms, 31 meeting roomsDevelopers: Thomas Emery's Sons Inc. and Starrett Investment Corp. of New YorkBuilding materials: 15,000 tons of steel, 5,000 doors, 8,000 windows, 5,000 sprinklers, 60 miles of linear foot base and window moulding.Key tenants: Kendle International (INC), Wood Herron & Evans LLP, Congressman Steve Chabot
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Great American Ball Park Fast FactsThe park offers "innovative features, breathtaking views and affordable seating options," according to the Reds' website, cincinnati.reds.mlb.com.It is rich in Reds history, sporting statues of legendary players Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Frank Robinson on its Crosley Terrace and Johnny Bench at the park's west side entrance.There also are large mosaics of the first Redlegs team of 1869 and the Big Red Machine team of the mid-1970s just inside the front entrance and banners that celebrate famous team moments.Insiders can read more:Remember battle over where to put Great American Ball Park?What's in a name (and its spelling)?Tours of the park ($17-$20) are offered through the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located on the west side of the park at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way. See and learn about Crosley Terrace, the press box, the stands, the dugout, the warning track, the Crosley Room and several of the park's special clubs. To buy, call 513-765-7923 or go to http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/ballpark/tours/index.jsp 
Great American Ball Park By the numbersAddress: 100 Joe Nuxhall WayCost: $325 million ($280 million through a half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 1996)Architects: Populous (formerly HOK Sport of Kansas City)Builder: Hunt Construction Group (Indianapolis)Capacity: 42,271Parking spaces: 800Recent upgrades: $4.5 million in improvements have been made at the park to ready it for the All-Star Game.
John A. Roebling Bridge Fast FactsIt has been called the Ohio River Bridge and the Covington-Cincinnati Bridge but was dubbed the John A. Roebling Bridge by the commonwealth of Kentucky in 1982. Today, many simply call it the Suspension Bridge.It was world's longest bridge until Roebling's Trenton, N.J., company fashioned the Brooklyn Bridge after it in 1883, capping 14 years of construction.The Suspension Bridge closed for a year in 2006 for repairs and again in 2008 for painting.A 1.5 mph speed limit was set for streetcars in 1894 when tracks were laid across the bridge.Roebling injured his foot during the surveying of the Brooklyn Bridge and had to have his crushed toes amputated. The incapacitated Roebling developed a tetanus infection and died before construction on his bridge began.The Commonwealth of Kentucky bought the bridge for about $4 million in 1953 (about $37 million today).There is a Roebling Museum in Roebling, N.J. Information: http://roeblingmuseum.org.Insiders can read more:Imagine working on the Roebling Bridge for 46 yearsGetting Roebling Bridge built took 20 years
John A. Roebling Bridge By The NumbersSpan: 1,057 feetDeck clearance: 100 feetRoad width: 25 feetConstruction start date: 1856Open: 1866 to pedestrians, 1867 to trafficWeight limit: 11 tonsNumber of deaths during construction: 2Original tolls:  1 cent for a pedestrian, 15 cents per buggy, 25 cents for three horses and a carriageMovie role: "Rain Man" (1988)
Great American Tower at Queen City Square Fast FactsThe tower's tiara won one of four Merit Awards presented in 2012 by the American Institute of Steel Construction.Queen City Square, which includes Great American Tower and an attached office building at 303 Broadway, covers more than half of a square block that's bordered by Broadway, Fourth Street, Sycamore Street and Third Street. Its four pairs of garage entrances and exits are on three different levels because of the steepness of the site's grade.Two open-air balconies sit below the crown of the 41st floor of Great American Tower. The balconies, which overlook Kentucky and Cincinnati, are used by Great American Insurance executives for private gatherings and client events. Several offices filled by Great American Insurance executives also have private balconies that overlook the city. Insiders can read more:Beneath the tiara, Great American Tower is greenWhat's with Great American Tower's tiara?
Great American Tower at Queen City Square By The NumbersAddress: 301 E. Fourth St.Height: 665 feet; 41-story office building crowned with a steel tiaraDedicated: 1-1-11 at 11:11 a.m.Rental space: 800,000 square feetParking: 1,650 spacesKey tenants: Among the tower's tenants are Vorys law firm, IFS Financial Services, Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Key Bank and Insight Global
Vine and Fourth (Union Central) Fast FactsThe Vine and Fourth skyscraper dominated the Cincinnati skyline for almost two decades and still pops out because of its proximity to the Ohio River and its Cass Gilbert architecture.Gilbert also finished the similar looking 792-foot Woolworth Building in New York in 1913. He hired many of the same contractors and sub-contractors to work on both buildings.The Cass Gilbert Society's website says the building "was inspired in part by St. Mark's bell tower in Venice, the fourth-century B.C. Mausoleum at Helicarnassus, and the Bankers Trust Company Building (1910-12) in New York."Insiders can read more:4th and Vine Tower packed with historyHe's seen nooks and crannies of Fourth and Vine tower's history in Cincinnati
Vine and Fourth (Union Central) By The NumbersAddress: 1-11 W. Fourth St.Opened: 1913Cost: $3 million ($71.5 million today)Height: 495 feet, ranking it fourth in cityFloors: 32 (28 rentable)Parking spaces: 200
Scripps Center Fast FactsScripps Center received an award in 2000 from the Building Owners and Managers Association.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave it an Energy Star rating for efficiency in 2009 and 2013.The center includes a childcare center, doctor's office, concierge, hair salon, fitness center, art gallery, Servatii pastry shop and Bagel Stop sandwich store.The building's prominent logo on its Third Street side is a design E.W. Scripps chose to be its corporate-wide symbol in 1985. Several versions of the lighthouse image had been used inconsistently over the decades. Boehne said the logo is a visual representation of the company's motto: "Give light and the people will find their own way."Insiders can read more:Scripps Center city's only family-owned major office buildingHGTV network born at 312 Walnut
Scripps Center By The NumbersAddress: 312 Walnut St.What: 36-story office towerOpened: 1990Height: 468 feet tall, fourth highest building in CincinnatiRental space: 66,626 square feetParking: 600 spacesTenants: E.W. Scripps Co., the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Louise Taft Semple Foundation, the Mayerson Family Foundations, law and accounting firms and other professional companies.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Fast FactsThe Freedom Center is actually three pavilions linked together. They represent courage, cooperation and perseverance.Exterior construction materials include rough Italian travertine stone, Zimbabwean granite and copper sheathing.The slave holding pen so prominent in the Welcome Hall was the gift of a Kentucky man whose tobacco barn had been built around it. The 20-foot by 30-foot, 35-foot-tall log building was taken apart, moved to Cincinnati and reassembled inside the center. It provides one of the center's most popular and powerful experiences.The Freedom Center sponsors the International Freedom Conductor Award. Past winners are Rosa Parks, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Dorothy Height, the Robert F. Kenney Memorial Center for Human Rights, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Nicholas Kristof, Lech Walesa and Nelson Mandela.Insiders can read more:Freedom Center persevered through tough timesFreedom Center exhibit showcases baseball's diversity The Center is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free for children under 3, $10 for 3-10, $12 for 60 and older, $14 for adults. Information: 513-333-7739, www.freedomcenter.org
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center By The NumbersAddress: 50 E. Freedom WayOpened: 2004Size: 158,000 square feetCost: $110 millionVisitors: 1.5 million in 10 yearsFamous visitors: Alfre Woodward, Demi Moore, Don Cheadle, Henry Louis Gates; Laura Bush, Oprah Winfrey and Mohammed Ali attended the June 2002