1. The Carew Tower was the tallest building in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio from it's completion in 1930 through the rest of the 20th century. The 1/64th scale model stands seven feet tall. It takes up an entire city block between 4th and 5th streets (south to north) and Vine to Race Streets (east to west). There is a hallway through the middle of it that is wider than many small town's Main Street. Midway through this hallway was a large arcade area and around the arcade was a balcony that extended around three sides. The ceiling in this area was about three stories above the floor. Another attribute of this area was that it had very good acoustics.
When I was a boy, downtown Cincinnati was a wonderful place at Christmas time. On the balcony of the arcade an area would be roped off and an organist and choir would perform. They would usually performed classical Christmas pieces from Handel and others plus sing Christmas carols during the lunch hour every week day. The performances always drew a standing room only crowd and it was usually difficult to go from one side of the hall to the other between the department stores.
The H.& S Pogue Co. department store was on the east side of the Carew Tower. The street car next to the Carew Tower in the picture at the left is approximately in front of one of its entrances. I enjoyed the music in the Carew Tower's arcade, but my favorite spot was the H & S Pogue Co.'s toy land. Every Christmas a large area was set aside for American Flyer and Lionel toy trains. I spent many happy minutes watching the display and day dreaming about what new American Flyer train item might be under the tree on Christmas morning.
The other department store was Mabley & Carew. It marketed mostly quality clothing and dry goods. Beside the two department stores in the Carew Tower, there were other small shops, a hotel, an under ground parking garage and office space.
The wide area in 5th street east of the Carew Tower is a park known as Fountain Square. It has a large fountain and two flag poles at each end of its area. The large red brick building to the left of the fountain was the Albee Theater, part of the RKO theater chain. It was a real treat for my family to go to the movies. I saw Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Walt Disney's first full length animated feature, and Alice in Wonder Land there.
The roof of the building in the lower right corner of the picture belongs to the Federal Building. It housed the U.S. Post Office. Its lobby had several large government murals painted on the ceiling and walls. Note the flags on the roof.
2. The Central Trust Building has a gold colored roof in the picture at the left. The roof on the prototype building is clad in copper that has tarnished to a green color. This building was the main office of the Central Trust Bank, one of Greater Cincinnati's largest financial companies.