This vintage postcard shows The Citadel in Columbus, Ohio by night. The postcard has captured the lights shining out from the tower and colorful signs along the side of the building as they reflect into the water of the Scioto River.
Originally called “A. I. U. Citadel”, The Citadel, of Columbus, Ohio stands 555.5 feet high including forty-five stories plus the top. “One of the most beautiful buildings in the world” as written on the original postcard. Just to the right of The Citadel (not shown in this postcard) is the State of Ohio Office Building on the Scioto riverfront.
At the time this vintage postcard was printed, the R. K. O. Palace Theatre and Deshler Wallick Hotel occupied space in The Citadel.
The Deshler-Wallick hotel occupied twelve stories of The Citadel in the extension behind the tower in this picture. It was considered a very posh hotel to visit and was named after an influential Columbus businessman, David W. Deshler. The hotel was famous for for what was at that time, an unprecedented percentage of private baths with running water. It closed in 1968 and the extension from the tower portion of the building was razed the following year.
Today, The Citadel of Columbus, Ohio is called Le Veque Tower.