Great American Insurance Building at Queen City Square

Great American Insurance Building at Queen City Square

Great American Insurance Building at Queen City Square
Location 300 East Third Street
Cincinnati, Ohio
Status Construction imminent
Groundbreaking Spring 2008
Estimated completion 2011
Opening 2011
Use Office
Roof 201m (660 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 40
Architect Gyo Obata (Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum)
Contractor Turner Construction Company
Developer Western & Southern Financial Group

The Great American Insurance Building at Queen City Square is a proposed skyscraper in Cincinnati, Ohio. The tower is expected to begin construction in 2008, with completion set for 2011 at a cost of $300 million.[1] Half the building will be occupied by Great American Insurance Company headquartered in Cincinnati.[2]


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Design
  • 3 Footnotes
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Western & Southern Financial Group 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.[3] Current plans call for a tower with over 800,000 square feet of office space.[4] When the tower is completed in 2011, it will be 660 feet high, 86 feet higher than the Carew Tower, currently the tallest building in Cincinnati.[5] The building will be reviewed by the Urban Design Review Board to determine whether its parameters conform to the outline in the Cincinnati 2000 plan for downtown which will ultimately decide whether or not to approve the project.[6]


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. "That's perfect. Here we have the crown of the building, and the nickname for the city is Queen City," said Joe Robertson of Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum remarking to Gyo when he first saw the picture.[5] The building will be constructed of glass and aluminum.[5] It has met with approval from Sue Ann Painter, author of "Architecture in Cincinnati" (Ohio University Press, 2006), who believes the skyscraper's headdress recalls the iconic Chrysler Building. She continues to say that the building is somewhat conservative, but pays homage to the other skyscrapers in Cincinnati.[5] Jay Chatterjee, a former dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning says that the design is similar to buildings constructed in the United States during the 1980s, that it does not break any new ground at all

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