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Number 10

PNC Center

201 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

354 Feet tall/ 27 Floors

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The PNC Center, Not to be confused with the PNC Tower (3rd on the list), is mostly rented for commercial use. This was the tallest building built in Cincinnati in the 1970's. It's Chicago based designer, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is the same company that designed One World Trade Center in NYC, as well as the Burj Kalifa in Dubai.

Number 9

Chiquita Center

250 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

368 Feet Tall/ 29 Floors

Find the Data estimated property and building value  $52.16 Million

Well, you can call it the 250 East 5th building if you want to, but it just doesn't quite have the same ring to it. After Chiquita left a stale taste in the mouths of many Cincinnatians by packing up and leaving for Charlotte,  senior management decided to re-brand the building. Many know the long time CEO of the brand, Carl Lindner Jr. by his many eponymous structures, such as the Cincinnati School of Business or the Cincinnati YMCA. The philanthropist, business and family man passed away in 2011 with an estimated net worth of 2.6 Billion according to Forbes Magazine.

Number 8

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

35 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

372 Feet Tall/ 31 Floors

For $250 you can stay in a hotel that will LITERALLY make you feel like you're in a remake of the Great Gatsby. Walking in to the lobby you'll see ornate gold decorations and beautiful marble floors. Since this is an extension of the Carew Tower, we will give you most the details on our number 2 tallest building in Cincinnati. It was originally built to rival the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in downtown Manhattan. Nothing like designing a 30 floor building out of spite!

Number 7

First Financial Center

255 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH

410 Feet Tall/ 32 Floors

Property Shark estimated property and building value  $42.92 Million

Another Skidmore, Owings & Merrill building, this broad shouldered building was completed in 1991. Better known as The Center for Health Education, Medicine, & Dentistry (CHEMED). Did you know that Roto-Rooter is baised out of cincy? Well they are, and this building contains their headquarters.

Number 6

Center at 600 Vine

600 Vine St Cincinnati, OH 45202

418 Feet Tall/ 30 Floors

Property Shark estimated property and building value  $39.2 Million

This beautiful 1980's building is a hub for modern Cincinnati lawyers and investment companies. At one of the most strategic intersections in Cincy, this office building rose right at the height of the financial boom of the 1980's.

Number 5

Fifth Third Center

511 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

423 Feet Tall/ 30 Floors

Property Shark estimated property and building value  $45.7 Million

This building represents the corporate headquarters for 5/3 Bank. Many skeptics will say where they think the financial institution got its name, so lets settle the bet. The name "Fifth-Third" was used for the merger of the 3rd and 5th national Bank of Cincinnati. They chose to organize the numbers this way because a "fifth" was a well known size for a bottle of alcohol back then. We wouldn't want customers thinking bankers were drinking on the job, would we? With 14 Billion dollars in operating income, 21,000 employees, 1,300 locations and growing everyday.....They might need a bigger building soon.

Number 4

Scripps Center

312 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

468 Feet Tall/ 36 Floors

Property Shark estimated property and building value  $63.64 Million

We welcome you to the portion of our list where things get a little more interesting.


Most of the buildings on this list (10-5) have traded hands several times or are just simply office buildings for rent. THESE buildings have panache, they have couth, they have, well...Wikipedia pages at best.

This beauty was built much more recently than others, 1990 to be exact. You may have seen this river-view 36 story beauty dressed up as Mr. Red (the reds mascott) during the 2015 MLB All-Star weekend. 

Remember the Cincinnati Post?

For those not familiar with the E.W. Scripps company, they have owned dozens of televisions stations, newspapers and radio stations. Lome local radio and TV stations include WBUE and WPCO-TV in Cincinnati. They still operate the from Covington, which used to be the Cincinnati Post.


This building, known as "Darth Vader" by the locals, was built as the Scripps Headquarters and it looks to remain that way with no change in sight. 

Number 3

PNC Tower

9 W 4th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

495 Feet Tall/ 31 Floors

Property Shark estimated property and building value  $15.1 Million

Maybe the coolest building on this list....

The PNC Tower- Formerly Union Central Tower,  was designed by Cass Gilbert in 1913. A famous building designer and architect in his time, he was also the designer of the United States Supreme Court Building. At the time of its completion, this building was the  fifth tallest in the world and second tallest in the United States outside New York, in 1912.

You wanna really know your stuff....


Call it 4th and Vine. That's its unofficial name, just for insiders to know.

Number 2

Carew Tower

441 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

574 Feet Tall/ 49 Floors

Find the Data estimated property and building value  $61.1 Million

Wanna know about the gem in the Queen City's crown?

Look no further. With an observation deck on its 49th floor (only at a cost of $4) You can see 3 States (Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio) The building is widely considered to be an early prototype of an urban mixed-use development, a "city within a city". The original designers wanted you to be able to  shop, eat, drink, live and work all under the same roof. Sound familiar? Rockefeller center in NYC has the same concept.


Did you notice the first 3 floors look a bit different than the rest?


This is because the Great Depression started just ONE MONTH after the construction began on the Cincinnati icon. After this they decided to use cheap, plain brick on the remaining 46 floors. The original cost was $33 Million dollars In 1931. Adjusted for inflation this building was the equivalent to spending $550 Million dollars. And you all complained about Paul Brown being built in a recession.....


Think your boss works you too hard?

Crews worked 24 hours a day 7 days a week for 13 straight months to finish the project.

The tower can be seen in the closing and opening credits Here from the daytime soap opera The Edge of Night, which aired from the 1960's till 1980. Although they never mentioned it was Cincinnati in the show. LOL.

Number 1

Great American Tower

301 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

660 Feet Tall/ 41 Floors

Property Shark estimated property and building value  $234 Million

This is Cincy's tallest skyscraper since 1929. Don't be to amazed by the $322 Million price tag to build this bad boy, Hamilton County residents paid a whopping $65 million for this crowned beauty.

Check out the Great American tower on Undercover Boss HERE. This is the episode when then Mayor Mark Mallory featured the City of Cincinnati on the show.

Everyone knows Bruce Willis loves downtown Cincy. Check out the Great American tower in the movie Marauders HERE

List of awards the Tower has won:

2012 Merrit award- Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program

2011 Emporis Skyscraper Award- 4th place

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