In 1988, Society Corp., Key Corp.’s predecessor, sought a new headquarters in downtown Cleveland to demonstrate the company’s strength and commitment to its hometown. The company announced that it would be the anchor tenant in a new skyscraper on Public Square with the expectation that it would draw workers and visitors downtown.
The Richard E. Jacobs Group developed, owned and managed the ambitious project, which would include an office tower, hotel, parking garage and historic building renovation. A groundbreaking was held in October 1988 and construction began in early 1989. The office tower architect was the renowned Cesar Pelli
Key Tower was completed in 1991 and it opened in January 1992. The 57-floor, 947-foot building has more than 1.5 million square feet of office space and is the tallest building in Ohio. In addition, it includes an attached 403-room Marriott hotel, the splendidly restored historic Society for Savings building and a 900-car underground Memorial Plaza parking garage. Key Corp. remains its primary tenant. Today, Key Center is owned by The Millennia Companies, one of the nations most trusted property management and development companies. Jacobs Real Estate Services provides management and leasing services for Key Center.