The water tower serviced the Western Hills area from 1912 to 1976, Kevin Osborne, who handles public engagement and government relations for Greater Cincinnati Water Works, previously told The Enquirer. According to its real estate listing, it was built in 1910.

Jermaine Matthews owned the tower since 2021. Before that, the structure had multiple owners. Osborne said the city sold it to a private owner in 1979.

Realtors listed the three-story water tower as a commercial space, and suggested several uses for it, including a hair salon, hotel, daycare or even a restaurant.