49 stories, 574 feet tall, Carew tower is an icon of the city. It was the tallest building in Cincinnati until recently the Great American Insurance building was erected. Beginning just one month before the Great Depression, the building was completed in 1931. It was used as a model in architecture for the ever-so-popular Empire State Building in New York, New York.
If you live under a rock and have never seen Carew Tower before, it’s pretty gosh darn big. There are 46 miles of piping in the building and around 5000 doors. The Mabley and Carew department store chain used to be located in this building. It’s quite the coincidence that it was named “Carew” right before the department store moved in. Just kidding, it’s no coincidence at all, it was in fact named after Joseph Carew of said company.
Now home to commercial offices and other boring things, the tower can still be seen from quite a ways off and has a magnificent view from the top floor. Tourists are allowed to visit the outside of the top floor for a small fee, which is well worth while. If you plan on going to the tower, I recommend jumping on the upper elevators, as they are quite shakey and will likely give you a thrill. I also recommend pressing all the buttons in the elevator at once, like in the movie Elf.