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American Insurance Union Citadel, Leveque-Lincoln Tower
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Structure in General
Tallest building in Columbus from 1927 to 1973, surpassed by the
Rhodes State Office Tower
This is the tallest building completed in Columbus during the 1920s.
The LeVeque Tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Five construction workers died during the construction of this tower.
Houses the Thomas W. Lamb-designed Palace Theater, one of Columbus' major performing arts halls.
The Citadel was said to be the first skyscraper in Ohio to be supported on a caisson foundation; the caissons extend 112 feet below street level.
Ten thousand tons of steel-reinforced concrete form the building's structural system.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held September 23, 1924.
Dedication ceremonies were held September 21, 1927.
The exterior walls are faced with white oak bark terra-cotta.
The terra-cotta eagles guarding the main entrances have wing spans of twenty feet.
Originally there was a statuary group 495 feet above the street on all sides of the tower, a twenty-six foot tall man embracing two children.
The exterior ornamentation was executed by Chicagoan Fritz Albert after designs by New York sculptor Carl H. Keck.
A bronze plaque with the horoscope of the tower and the positions of the planets at the time of the laying of the cornerstone (February 12, 1925) is set in the lobby floor.
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50 West Broad Street
Floors (above ground)
Charles Howard Crane
Thomas W. Lamb
Also recorded for this building:
elevator supplier, facade supplier, general contractor, owner, parking management, steel supplier
Features & Amenities
One of the city's famous buildings
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