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Title: Central Trust Bank Tower
Author: MacKaron, Erissa, Photographer
Description: The Union Central Life Insurance Company Building, commonly known as the Central Trust Tower, was built in 1913 and designed by one of the United States' important architects of the early twentieth century, Cass Gilbert. When it was completed, it was the fifth tallest building in the world and Cincinnati's tallest until 1930 and the building of the Carew Tower. Superposed elements composed of Italian Renaissance details include the base of heavily rusticated marble masonry, the tower of two sections and a large projecting cornice, supporting the multistoried, truncated top motif. The exterior of the tower is clad in white terra cotta with the upper Ionic colonnade and pyramidal roof that bears resemblance to the Hellenistic tomb, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. The small copper lantern placed on the uppermost portion of the roof, decorated with a rich green patina, hides a smokestack.Architecture & Construction in Cincinnati: A Guide to Buildings, Designers & Builders. Cincinnati: The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, vol. 1, 1987.Irish, Sharon. Cass Gilbert, Architect: Modern Traditionalist. New York: Monacelli Press, 1999.
Bookmark: http://hdl.handle.net/2374.UC/81
Date: 1913

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