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Key Tower, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

February 28th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Key Tower is a skyscraper in on Public Square in downtown Cleveland, Ohio designed by architect César Pelli. It is the tallest building in the city, surpassing the Terminal Tower, as well as the tallest building in Ohio and the 15th tallest building in the United States. Key Tower reaches 57 stories or 947 ft (289 m) to the top of its spire, and it can be visible for up to twenty miles away. The tower includes about 1.5 million square feet (139,355 m²) of office space.

It was originally built as the Society Center but was renamed when Society Bank acquired Key Bank. Society had recently acquired Ameritrust and canceled Ameritrust's plans for an even taller building on Public Square. Key Tower is owned and was developed by The Richard E. Jacobs Group, and Key Bank's official headquarters occupy most of the tower.

Key Tower's construction was completed in 1991 and many believe[citation needed] it was purposely built a few feet higher than Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's tallest building (One Liberty Place) to make it the tallest building between Chicago and New York City. However, the pending completion of the construction of the 975-foot (297 m) Comcast Center in Philadelphia will take away this distinction.

F-111, James Rosenquist's famous large pop art painting hung in the tower's lobby until building owner Richard Jacobs sold it to the Museum of Modern Art in 1996. He replaced it in 1998 with Songs for Sale, a mural by artist David Salle. In October 2005, Key Bank installed four 15-foot (4.6 m) long illuminated logos at the base of the tower's crowning pyramid. Each sign weighs 1500 pounds (680 kg).

[Source: Wikipedia]

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