Bartlett Building (Cincinnati)

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Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel
Union Trust Building in Cincinnati.jpg
Former namesBartlett Building
Union Trust Building
Fifth Third Union Trust Building
General information
Architectural styleNeoclassical
Location36 East 4th Street.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Coordinates39°06′01″N 84°30′41″W / 39.1003°N 84.5115°W / 39.1003; -84.5115Coordinates: 39°06′01″N 84°30′41″W / 39.1003°N 84.5115°W / 39.1003; -84.5115
ManagementColumbia Sussex
Antenna spire252 ft (76.8 m)
Roof239 ft (72.8 m)
Technical details
Floor count19
Floor area266,000 sq ft
Design and construction
ArchitectD.H. Burnham & Company
Graham, Anderson, Probst & White
Union Trust Building
Area0.4 acres (0.2 ha)
ArchitectBurnham, D.H. & Co.; Graham, Anderson, Probst & White
NRHP reference #08000802
Added to NRHPAugust 29, 2008

The Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel (previously known as the Bartlett Building and the Union Trust Building) is a historic building in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, located at 4th & Walnut Street. The 19-story tower was the tallest building in the state for 3 years until completion of the Fourth & Walnut Center.

The Union Trust Building was dedicated January 1, 1901. In 1985, the skyscraper was renamed for its new owners, The Bartlett Company.[5] The company sold the building for $8 million in 2006. At the time, it was also home to Fosdick & Hilmer (engineering firm), an American Airlines reservation center, CVS Pharmacy, Phillip Bortz Jewelers, and Jimmy John's among many others. In June 2010, after a second failed sale of the building, Fifth Third Bank foreclosed on the property and all tenants vacated the building.[6]

An affiliate of Columbus real estate firm E.V. Bishoff Co. acquired the building on February 8, 2013 for $535,000, ending more than five years of legal limbo for the vacant tower.[7] In May of that same year, it was announced that the building would be converted into a $33 million hotel.[8] On July 25, 2014, Columbia Sussex reopened the building as the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel with 283 rooms, 40 suites, eight meeting rooms, and nearly 14,400 square feet of total meeting space.[9] It became the third Renaissance Hotels branded hotel in Ohio. The onsite restaurant has been branded D. Burnham's, a tribute to the buildings architect Daniel Burnham.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bartlett Building at Emporis
  2. ^ "Bartlett Building". SkyscraperPage.
  3. ^ Bartlett Building at Structurae
  4. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. ^ Jones, Kent; et al. (Jul 18, 2011). Historic Downtown Cincinnati. Arcadia Publishing. p. 86. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  6. ^ Dan Monk (Jun 3, 2010). "Bartlett Building sale off again". Retrieved 2014-10-14.
  7. ^ Jon Newberry (Feb 15, 2013). "Will the lights go back on in iconic downtown tower?". Retrieved 2014-10-14.
  8. ^ Chris Wetterich (May 14, 2013). "More details revealed for Bartlett Building hotel conversion". Retrieved 2014-10-14.
  9. ^ Tom Demeropolis (Jul 29, 2014). "Renaissance Hotel opens in downtown Cincinnati". Retrieved 2014-10-14.

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