Autograph Hotel set for Columbus, Ohio

A Marriott hotel under the Autograph Collection will soon occupy about a quarter of the historic LeVeque Tower in Columbus, Ohio. First Hospitality Group of Rosemont, Ill., announced a joint venture with LeVeque owners Robert Meyers and Don Casto to create a 155-room hotel within the tower that will open in early 2015, reports The Columbus Dispatch.

Terms of the financial agreement between First Hospitality and Meyers and Castowere not disclosed.

The hotel will take up 25 percent of the building, while half of the building will go to office space and the other 25 percent for apartments.

The 555-foot, 6-inch LeVeque was reportedly the fifth tallest building in the world when it opened in 1927 as the American Insurance Union Citadel.

The tower was purchased in 1945 by L.L. LeVeque, a Columbus businessman, and John C. Lincoln, chairman of Lincoln Electric in Cleveland.

It was subsequently purchased by Meyers, Casto and the other partners of Tower 10 LLC for $4.04 million in 2011.

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