Tuesday, August 24, 2010

5. Chiquita Center

This is the World headquarters for Chiquita, the leading distributor of bananas in the United States. I do not know if this is the building that Miss Chiquita Banana works in. The Chiquita Center – also known as Columbia Plaza was built in 1984 and the architectural style is modernism. It is said that the building is shaped like a banana when viewed from the top but I just don’t see it.

At one time the building had two important parts to it that are no longer there. The entrance to the building once had a sculpture called, Cincinnati Story by artist George Sugarman which was a very interesting piece depicting the rise of the city from the banks of the Ohio River. In 1999 the sculpture was moved to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio.

The building also served as a weather beacon at one time. The top level of the building would light up with a different color depending on the weather forecast. My understanding is that this isn’t done anymore.

Although the design of the building itself is interesting, I feel what really made the building was the sculpture and the weather beacon. Currently there is only a fountain in the front with a very, neon-like blue water coming from it.

Chiquita Center
250 East Fifth Street, Cincinnati

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