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Cincinnati

Great American Tower

The Great American Tower at Queen City Square, is a skyscraper in Cincinnati, Ohio.The tower, built by Western & Southern Financial Group, began construction in July 2008 and opened in January 2011 at a cost of $322 million. Half the building is occupied by the heaquarters of the Great American Insurance Company. It is currently the third tallest building in the state of Ohio.

Background:
Western & Southern had floated the idea of constructing a tower for the last twenty years, following the last construction boom in Downtown Cincinnati. In 2002 the project was revived.[5] Plans called for a tower with over 800,000 square feet (74,000 m2) of office space.When the tower opened in 2011, it was 670 feet (200 m) high, 96 feet (29 m) higher than the Carew Tower, which was previously the tallest building in Cincinnati.
 
Design:
The building's architect, Gyo Obata, designed the building to include a top inspired by Diana, Princess of Wales's tiara. Gyo was flipping through books when he came upon a picture of Diana wearing a crown. The building is constructed of glass and aluminum.The ground floor lobby interiors were designed by FRCH Design Worldwide.