This hidden downtown patio that’s 20 stories off the ground is ready for a party or work

There are patios with great views and then there is this 20-story high one overlooking downtown and much of Dayton.

To say that the patio in the penthouse of the Fifth Third Center, 1 S. Main St., has an awesome view of the city is an understatement.

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Ron Smith, the leasing manager for the building for 20 years, said the space — recently site of Culture Works' Artini fundraiser — would be great for an office, but the possibilities are open.

“We are pretty much open to anything that gets anyone back in there,” he said.

Smith said “anything” includes playing host to more fundraisers and other events.

“I would be thrilled if some company normally did that,” Smith said.

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The space has been empty since CareSource, now headquartered a few blocks away at 230 N. Main St., left it in 2009.

The 8,800-square-foot, 20-floor building with its 5,000 or so square foot of balcony space has been used by CareSource’s executive team.

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Other spaces in the building also have patios.

If Smith had his way, the floor would be broken up into four condos. The building’s owner is not interested in that plan, he said.

Formerly known as One Dayton Centre, the building was completed in 1989 and is Dayton’s third tallest building behind KeyBank Tower and Kettering Tower, the tallest building.

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

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