This Map Shows The Tallest Building In Every State
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What’s the tallest building in your state? From just 11 floors high in Vermont to 104 floors high in New York, the size of each U.S. state’s tallest building varies greatly.
According to data compiled by HighRises.com, just over three-quarters of the tallest buildings are used for offices. Other popular uses include residential at 9.8 percent and hotels at 5.88 percent. Of course, some of the buildings meld different purposes all into one high-rise.
Let’s check out what building reaches highest in all 50 states:
1. Alabama: RSA Battle House Tower
The Battle House Tower stands 745 feet tall. It hosts 35 stories of offices and other space in downtown Mobile, and officially opened for business in 2007.
2. Alaska: Conoco Phillips Building
Standing out in the Anchorage horizon is the Conoco-Phillips Building at 296 feet tall. According to Alaska.org, it’s one of many prominent Anchorage buildings built by oil companies.
3. Arizona: Chase Tower
Phoenix is home to Arizona’s tallest building, at 483 feet tall. No word yet on whether anything will change at the Chase Tower when the bank that lends its name to the building—JPMorgan Chase—transfers some employees out to a new facility in Tempe.
4. Arkansas: Simmons Tower
One of many tallest buildings built by a bank, Simmons Tower in Little Rock is 546 feet tall. Simmons Bank has been around since 1903. Take a look around from the tower, in this 360 post from local meteorologist Keith Monahan:
5. California: Wilshire Grand Center
The new tallest building in California just opened in 2017.
The Wilshire Grand Center in Los Angeles stands a whopping 1,100 feet tall. The building is home to the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel, restaurants and offices. It just beat out the popular U.S. Bank Tower, home of the observation deck and skyslide, which stands 1,018 feet tall.
6. Colorado: Republic Plaza
If a proposed building called Six Fifty 17 comes to fruition, it will stand at 1,000 feet and take the tallest building designation from Republic Plaza.
7. Connecticut: CityPlace 1
The tallest building in Connecticut is a Hartford office building called CityPlace 1, which stands 535 feet tall. A real estate investment firm purchased CityPlace 1 for a cool $113.3 million in 2015, and it is home to United HealthCare among other companies.
— Hartford Courant (@hartfordcourant) September 15, 2015
8. Delaware: River Tower at Christina Landing
In Delaware, you can live in the state’s tallest building. River Tower at Christina Landing in Wilmington stands 340 feet tall. It’s home to the luxury apartments of The Residences at Christina Landing.
9. Florida: Panorama Tower
Miami’s new Panorama Tower dethroned the city’s Four Seasons Hotel & Tower as Florida’s tallest building. The building is 843 feet tall, with 85 floors composed of rental units, hotel rooms, offices, shops and restaurants.
10. Georgia: Bank of America Plaza
Atlanta is home to Bank of America Plaza, described as “a modern interpretation of art deco with an enduring iconic stature.”
The 1,023-foot-tall building is home to a conference center, a Bank of America banking center, a Starbucks, a hair salon and many more businesses.
11. Hawaii: First Hawaiian Center
Hawaii’s largest city is home to the state’s tallest buildings. Two sister towers take the cake: 801 South Street Buildings A & B. Each stands at 450 feet and provides “modern living for Honolulu’s workforce.”
12. Idaho: Eighth & Main
Boise is home to Idaho’s tallest building, called Eighth & Main. Just a few years old, it’s 323 feet tall and hosts office space, retail and restaurants. In keeping with many other states, a main tenant is a bank, Zions Bank. Zions Bank has such a presence that some people refer to the building as Zions Bank Tower. The Facebook page Beautiful Buildings in USA featured Eighth & Main, which was built on a vacant lot residents had come to refer to as the “Boise Hole.”
13. Illinois: Willis Tower
Formerly known as the Sears Tower, Chicago’s tallest building is the second-highest of all U.S. buildings. It’s 1,730 feet tall, if you count the antennae, and has 108 floors. The Skydeck on the 103rd floor is a huge Chicago tourist attraction.
14. Indiana: Salesforce Tower
Formerly known as the Chase Tower, the largest building in Indiana is in Indianapolis. Salesforce made a huge investment in the 830-foot building in 2016, and changed the name.
15. Iowa: 801 Grand
Des Moines is home to 801 Grand, the state’s tallest building at 630 feet tall. If you’re headed to a meeting at 801 Grand, it’s connected to the nearly four miles of Des Moines skywalks so you won’t even have to go outside.
16. Kansas: Epic Center
The Epic Center in Wichita stands 320 feet tall and is home to many of the city’s most important groups, such as the FBI and the Secret Service. It sold in 2015 for $11.5 million. Instagram user threeonesix_ict recently shared this beautiful shot of the building:
17. Kentucky: 400 West Market
At 549 feet tall, 400 West Market in Louisville is the Bluegrass State’s tallest building. The architectural details in this building—formerly named the Aegon Center after the Netherlands-based finance and insurance firm that at one time took up 13 floors—extend to every aspect of design and function. For example, “The fountains are connected to a wind gauge to coordinate appropriate water level with wind conditions.”
18. Louisiana: One Shell Square
One Shell Square stands 697 feet tall in New Orleans. But don’t get too used to the name, because it’s going to become the Hancock Whitney Center in 2018. That’s because Whitney Bank is moving on in.
19. Maine: Franklin Towers
Contrary to many other states, Maine’s tallest building is mostly residential. Franklin Towers in Portland is 175 feet tall and home to affordable housing. The Facebook page Beautiful Buildings in USA featured Franklin Towers in this post:
20. Maryland: Transamerica Tower
In Baltimore, the Transamerica Tower stands 529 feet tall. The tower sold for $121 million in 2015, and it’s home to insurance, law and accounting firms, among other tenants.
21. Massachusetts: 200 Clarendon
The locals know it as John Hancock Tower, and this Boston landmark stands 790 feet tall.
“The iconic all-glass tower offers 360-degree panoramic views of the Back Bay, Charles River, Cambridge, the Public Gardens, Boston Harbor and the surrounding areas,” according to its website.
22. Michigan: Renaissance Center
The Motor City is home to Michigan’s Renaissance Center, at 755 feet tall. The General Motors RenCen has a hotel, 29 restaurants, many offices and is connected to three miles of walkways along the Detroit River.
The RenCen’s days as the state’s tallest building are numbered, however. Developers broke ground for a new 800-foot-tall mixed-use tower in Dec. 2017.
23. Minnesota: IDS Center
Minnesota’s IDS Center is the state’s tallest building. The 792-foot-tall building in Minneapolis went up for sale in 2016. Last time it changed hands, in 2013, the building—build in the ’70s—went for a cool $253 million.
24. Mississippi: Beau Rivage Casino Hotel
It’s not a bank, but Mississippi’s tallest building does house something related to money: a casino. In Biloxi, the Beau Rivage Casino Hotel is 347 feet tall. It re-opened in 2006 after suffering damage during Hurricane Katrina. According to the casino website, Jay Leno, Olivia Newton-John and the Beach Boys have all performed there.
25. Missouri: One Kansas City Place
Kansas City is home to One Kansas City Place, standing highest on the horizon at 624 feet tall (just six feet shorter than the famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis). The office building was built in 1988.
26. Montana: First Interstate Center
This 272-foot-tall building in Billings almost wouldn’t have become the state’s tallest. Owner Joel Long told the Billings Gazette the original plans called for 12 floors, but the team decided to add three more floors to make the design less “safe” and more interesting.
27. Nebraska: First National Bank Tower
Omaha’s First National Bank Tower stands 634 feet tall. Construction was completed in 2002 and the building houses a bank, First National of Nebraska, along with other offices.
28. Nevada: The Palazzo
The Palazzo stands tall above the Las Vegas skyline at 642 feet tall. The casino and hotel complex is home to many restaurants and some shopping, too.
29. New Hampshire: City Hall Plaza
City Hall Plaza may be New Hampshire’s tallest building, but at 275 feet tall it’s near the bottom of this country-wide list. You’ll find City Hall Plaza in Manchester.
30. New Jersey: 30 Hudson Street
Also known as the Goldman Sachs Tower, this Jersey City building stands 781 feet tall. The office building was built in 2004. Come 2019, 30 Hudson is expected to lose its “tallest” designation to the 887-foot-tall 99 Hudson building that’s being constructed nearby.
31. New Mexico: Albuquerque Plaza
This office building is attached to a Hyatt Hotel, and even houses an arcade. Albuquerque Plaza, the tallest building in New Mexico, stands 351 feet tall.
32. New York: One World Trade Center
At 1,776 feet (a nod to our nation’s birthdate) and 104 floors high, One World Trade Center—built next to the site of the Sept. 11 attacks—is also called “Freedom Tower” and is the tallest building in the entire Western Hemisphere.
33. North Carolina: Bank of America Corporate Center
Charlotte is home to North Carolina’s tallest building, at 871 feet tall. The Bank of America Corporate Center building turned 25 in 2017 with a big celebration.
34. North Dakota: North Dakota State Capitol
Contrary to many of the bank buildings on this list, North Dakota’s tallest building is a government building. The state capitol in Bismarck stands 242 feet tall.
35. Ohio: Key Tower
Key Tower certainly stands out in Cleveland. And the 947-foot-tall building (888 feet if you don’t count the spire) sold for a whopping $267.5 million in 2017.
36. Oklahoma: Devon Tower
Devon Tower is part of the Devon Energy Center in Oklahoma City. At 850 feet tall, this building is used for offices, but it also has restaurants and public tours to the top of the tower—50 stories up.
37. Oregon: Wells Fargo Center
Oregon’s tallest building may not be called the Wells Fargo Center much longer. Wells Fargo announced it’s interested in selling the 546-foot-tall Portland building.
38. Pennsylvania: Comcast Technology Center
The Comcast Center in Philadelphia, standing 973 feet tall, just recently lost its designation as the tallest building in Pennsylvania. The nearby 1,121-foot Comcast Technology Center has been under construction since 2014 and officially opens for business this spring.
39. Rhode Island: 111 Westminster Street
The tallest building in Rhode Island has an alter ego: the Superman building, as it’s known around town, was previously known as the Industrial National Bank Building, later the Bank of America Building and is now officially called 111 Westminster St. This Art Deco Providence building stands 428 feet tall, but has been vacant for several years.
40. South Carolina: Capitol Center
Columbia’s Capitol Center is a huge office tower, standing 349 feet tall. Tenants have access to amenities including a fitness center, cafe and 24-hour security.
41. South Dakota: CenturyLink Tower
The tallest building in South Dakota stands 174 feet tall in Sioux Falls. The CenturyLink Tower is seen below with its previous name on the building, the Qwest Tower.
42. Tennessee: AT&T Building
Also known as the Batman Building, Tennessee’s tallest building stands 617 feet tall in Nashville and resembles the beloved superhero’s mask.
“When you look at a small model, you never realize that aspect,” Dick Miller, of the firm that designed the tower, told the Nashville Business Journal. “I like it. I remember the client bringing the Batmobile there one time to stage an event.”
43. Texas: JPMorgan Chase Tower
Heading to the top of this Houston building used to be a rite of passage. However, in 2016, the lobby was closed to visitors. Now, you’ll just have to gaze up at the 1,002-foot-tall building from street level.
44. Utah: Wells Fargo Center
This Salt Lake City building is certainly unique at 422 feet tall. In addition to office spaces, the Wells Fargo Center also boasts two helipads on the roof.
45. Vermont: Decker Towers
At just 124 feet tall with 11 floors, the residential Decker Towers is the shortest building on this list. It’s located in Burlington. The Facebook page Beautiful Buildings in USA featured the building in this post:
46. Virginia: Westin Virginia Beach Town Center
The Westin building in Virginia Beach stands out at 508 feet tall. The hotel has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Facebook, and check out the hotel’s profile photo for a look at how the building pops out of the horizon:
47. Washington: Columbia Center
Seattle’s 943-foot-tall Columbia Center is home to the famous Sky View Observatory. You can get a gorgeous view of the city from the 73rd floor for $14.75. There are discounts for children, seniors and members of the military.
48. Washington, D.C.: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Washington, D.C.’s tallest building is 329 feet tall. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is also the largest Roman Catholic church in all of North America, according to its website. The Washington Monument is the tallest structure in the district.
49. West Virginia: West Virginia State Capitol
At 293 feet tall, the capitol in Charleston is one of the shortest buildings to make the list and one the few government buildings on it. According to its website, “The magnificent 293- foot gold dome which tops the structure is five feet higher than the dome of the U.S. Capitol.”
50. Wisconsin: U.S. Bank Center
Milwaukee’s U.S. Bank Center stands 601 feet tall just a block from Lake Michigan. It’s home to offices and plenty of views from the more than 5,000 windows.
51. Wyoming: White Hall
The tallest building in Wyoming is actually a residence hall for students at the University of Wyoming. The 200-foot-tall building in Laramie is one of five residence halls on campus. UW’s Residence Life & Dining Services shared this springtime shot of White Hall on Instagram in 2017:
Here’s the map from Highrises.com—though it should be noted that our listings are up-to-date and the map below is not. Hey, progress happen, right?