LeVeque Tower Tower and Networking at The Keep

September 17, 2019
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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The LeVeque Tower
50 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
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Back by popular demand!  If you missed this tour in 2017, this is your chance to check out one of Columbus' most iconic landmarks!

IFMA Central Ohio will be touring The LeVeque Tower on Tuesday, September 17th from 4:30-7pm.  Registration is limited to 40 members, so sign-up now to check-out this exquisite building!

The LeVeque Tower

The LeVeque Tower is a 47-story Art Deco-style building in Columbus, Ohio. Located at 50 West Broad Street, it was the tallest building in Columbus from 1927 until 1974 when the Rhodes State Office Tower was completed. The LeVeque Tower is 555 feet 6 inches tall, which at the time of its completion made it the tallest building between New York City and Chicago and the fifth tallest building in the world. It was meant to be built exactly one half-foot taller than the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.

Local firm Kaufman Development announced today plans to build out 78 residential units inside the historic LeVeque Tower. The LeVeque has been undergoing renovations since new owners Tower 10 purchased the building back in 2011, which includes exterior repairs, sidewalk upgrades around the building, a brand new lobby, updated offices and a 150-room Autograph Collection Hotel. The residential component is the final piece of the LeVeque’s transformation.

The 78 residential units from Kaufman will be housed in the top 24 floors of the building, making it the tallest residential building in the state of Ohio. The units include a mix of apartments for rent and condos for sale, with apartments ranging from 750 to 2400 square feet in size. Condominium units are customizable for residents who might want a full-floor penthouse or a multi-floor unit with views that look out over the city.

The LeVeque Tower- History

The LeVeque Tower at 50 West Broad Street has long been the defining image of Columbus' skyline. Originally constructed by the American Insurance Union, the building became known as the AIU Citadel or sometimes just the Citadel.

The American Insurance Union was the creation of local businessman and politician John J. Lentz. Since its incorporation in 1894 the company had enjoyed phenomenal growth as an interesting mixture of insurance company, secret society and social club.

Rising 555.5 feet into the sky, the Citadel was intentionally built 6" taller than the Washington Monument. However, with modern day measuring tools, it has been determined that the Washington Monument is actually taller than originally thought, but, the Tower is still taller, but only by about 3/8".

The LeVeque Tower as it is now called, was the tallest building in Columbus from 1927 to 1973 when the Rhodes State Office Tower on East Broad Street across the street from the Statehouse was completed. For years the tower acted as a lighthouse for passing aircraft and for motorists coming across the National Road, the flashing red light could be seen for miles away.

During construction of the tower, 5 construction workers lost their lives. The caisson foundation extends 112' below street level and 10,000 tons of steel-reinforced concrete form the building's structural system. Originally the building had a large brick smokestack coming out of the top. The exterior walls are faced with white oak bark terra-cotta.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held September 23, 1924. Dedication ceremonies were held September 21, 1927.

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