This Is the Tallest Building in Your State

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This Is the Tallest Building in Your State
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In 1885, construction wrapped up on the very first skyscraper: the Home Insurance Building in downtown Chicago. Reaching 10 stories into the stratosphere, it was quickly minted as the tallest building in the world, all 138 feet of it. At the time, it was a marvel of technology and engineering, but today, that all seems quaint. Now, every state in the country has a building that eclipses the Home Insurance Building in height.

Curious which skyscraper stands tallest in your state? Well, we've rounded up the tallest buildings in each of the 50 U.S. states, going by architectural height as defined by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). So that means significant architectural structures (like the spires atop of New York's One World Trade Center) count, but antennae (which you'll spot on Chicago's Willis Tower) don't. Read on to find out what the tallest building is in your state!

Alabama: RSA Battle House Tower

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City: Mobile
Height: 745 feet
Floors: 35
Year Completed: 2006

The RSA Battle House Tower (pictured here on the far right) is named in honor of the historic Battle House Hotel, which it also happens to be connected to. If you don't count Houston, Texas—and all of the massive developments there as a result of nonexistent zoning laws—the Tower is the tallest building on the Gulf Coast.

Alaska: The Conoco-Phillips Building

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City: Anchorage
Height: 296 feet
Floors: 22
Year Completed: 1983

This three-building complex is a physical manifestation of Alaska's long-time connection to the oil industry. Originally built as the Arco Tower in the early '80s, ConocoPhillips quickly became the primary tenant. According to a 2013 report in the Alaska Journal of Commerce, a real estate firm scooped up the entire property for $104 million. But the oil behemoth has continued to be the primary tenant, so the name stayed.

Arkansas: Simmons Tower

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City: Little Rock
Height: 546 feet
Floors: 40
Year Completed: 1986

At the epicenter of Little Rock's central business district, you'll find Simmons Tower (pictured here in the middle), a mixed-use structure complete with quintessentially '80s architectural flair: dark glass windows and staggered setbacks.

Arizona: Chase Tower

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City: Phoenix
Height: 483 feet
Floors: 40
Year Completed: 1972

Though it dominates the Phoenix skyline, the Chase Tower—named as such because JP Morgan Chase occupies 27 floors of the structure—isn't just massive in height. It takes up an entire city block, too!

California: Wilshire Grand Center

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City: Los Angeles
Height: 1,100 feet
Floors: 73
Year Completed: 2016

The relatively new Wilshire Grand Center (pictured here on the right) muscled out the U.S. Bank Tower—also in L.A.—as the tallest building in California in 2016. It won the title by just 82 feet!

Colorado: Republic Plaza

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City: Denver
Height: 714 feet
Floors: 56
Year Completed: 1984

If you want to check out Republic Plaza in the Mile High City and do some good, sign up for the American Lung Association's annual Fight For Air Climb—a pledge drive in which participants climb up all 1,098 steps (56 stories) of the tower to raise funds for lung cancer research.

Connecticut: City Place I

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City: Hartford
Height: 535 feet
Floors: 38
Year Completed: 1980

Designed by the legendary architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (the same folks responsible for Dubai's Burj Khalifa, currently the world's tallest building), City Place I beat out the nearby Traveler's Tower by just six feet to become Connecticut's tallest building.

Delaware: 1201 North Market Street

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City: Wilmington
Height: 360 feet
Floors: 23
Year Completed: 1988

Another tower born from vaunted Skidmore, Owings & Merrill blueprints, 1201 North Market Street is the preeminent office building in Wilmington.

Florida: Panorama Tower

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City: Miami
Height: 868 feet
Floors: 85
Year Completed: 2018

In 2018, Panorama Tower became the tallest building in Miami (and, not for nothing, the tallest residential building south of Manhattan). But it's not a title the structure will hold for long. On the horizon is One Bayfront Plaza, a building in development in Miami that's planned to top out at 1,049 feet.

Georgia: Bank of America Plaza

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City: Atlanta
Height: 1,023 feet
Floors: 55
Year Completed: 1992

Bank of America Plaza is totally cutting-edge. Thanks to all manner of energy efficient augmentations—including glazed windows, faucet aerators, and an electronic waste recycling program—the structure is LEED-certified silver.

Hawaii: First Hawaiian Center

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City: Honolulu
Height: 429 feet
Floors: 30
Year Completed: 1996

Built in the mid-'90s as the headquarters for First Hawaiian Bank, the state's largest financial firm, First Hawaiian Center also has some artsy bona fides: It's also home to an offsite exhibition space of the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Idaho: Eighth & Main

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City: Boise
Height: 323 feet
Floors: 18
Year Completed: 2014

One of booming Boise's newest structures, Eighth & Main is built on hallowed ground. The lot originally housed a popular Oregon Trail waypoint before becoming an office building in the early 20th century. That structure then burned down in the late '80s and sat vacant for about 20 years, earning the nickname "The Boise Hole." In 2011, Zions Bank designated the space for their Idaho headquarters, and, voila: the state's tallest building was born.

Illinois: Willis Tower

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City: Chicago
Height: 1,451 feet
Floors: 108
Year Completed: 1974

One of the most iconic skyscrapers on the planet, the Willis Tower (née Sears Tower) dwarfs the Chicago skyline—and almost the rest of the country's, too: Not counting One World Trade Center in New York City, it's the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. One of the structure's coolest features is the Skydeck, which sits at 1,300 feet, is open to the public, and has a completely transparent glass floor. Look down if you dare!

Indiana: Salesforce Tower Indianapolis

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City: Indianapolis
Height: 811 feet
Floors: 45
Year Completed: 1991

Yes, Salesforce just cut the ribbon on their 61-story tower in San Francisco (that city's largest, by the way) in 2018. But not long before that, the tech giant became the primary tenant of Indianapolis' tallest building. As a result, in 2016, the structure was rebranded as Salesforce Tower Indianapolis.

Iowa: 801 Grand

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City: Des Moines
Height: 630 feet
Floors: 45
Year Completed: 1991

Des Moines' 801 Grand is a veritable piece of art—a stunning riff on the Art Deco skyscrapers of the early 20th century. And aside from its height and beauty, the main draw is the 801 Chophouse, one of the top-rated steakhouses in Iowa. In 2018, the 48-seat restaurant earned top honors from both Wine Spectator and OpenTable.

Kansas: Epic Center

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City: Wichita
Height: 325 feet
Floors: 22
Year Completed: 1989

Yes, the Epic Center is no doubt epic—but it was almost more epic. Rather than one 22-story structure, the original plans called for two 24-story ones. Still, it injected energy into Wichita's downtown when it finally opened in 1989. In addition to several high-profile law firms, the building is home to field offices for the U.S. Secret Service and the FBI.

Kentucky: 400 West Market

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City: Louisville
Height: 549 feet
Floors: 35
Year Completed: 1993

Kentucky's tallest building has had four names in its less-than-three-decade history. First, it was the Capital Holding Center, then it was the Providian Center, then the AEGON Center, and nowadays, it goes by 400 West Market, simply after its actual street address.

Louisiana: Hancock Whitney Center

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City: New Orleans
Height: 697 feet
Floors: 51
Year Completed: 1972

As the first official skyscraper in Louisiana, the Hancock Whitney Center was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2018 (as One Shell Square, its original name).

Maine: Agora Grand

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City: Lewiston
Height: 220 feet
Floors: 3
Year Completed: 1890

Built as St. Patrick's Church in the late 1800s, the Agora Grand is the oldest structure you'll read about in this article, by nearly 40 years! Today, it's been redone as an event center and, with a 450-person capacity, is one of Lewiston's most popular venues for weddings and conferences.

Maryland: Transamerica Tower

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City: Baltimore
Height: 528 feet
Floors: 40
Year Completed: 1971

Before 2011, holding company Transamerica occupied one of the most iconic skyscrapers on the planet: San Francisco's Transamerica Pyramid. But, in 2011, the company packed up and moved their headquarters into Maryland's tallest building, which was then renamed the Transamerica Tower. (Residents still sometimes call the skyscraper by its old name, the Legg Mason Building.)

Massachusetts: 200 Clarendon

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City: Boston
Height: 790 feet
Floors: 62
Year Completed: 1976

Colloquially, the tallest tower in Massachusetts is known as the John Hancock Tower after John Hancock Financial Services, a long-term primary lessee. But, as reported by the Boston Globe in 2015, after the lease expired, the name had to change. Now, the glass and steel obelisk is officially known only by its address: 200 Clarendon. Still, ask any Bostonian, and they'll tell you it's called the John Hancock Tower (or, more simply, "The Hancock").

Michigan: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

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City: Detroit
Height: 755 feet
Floors: 73
Year Completed: 1977

Part of a complex of seven skyscrapers known as the GMRENCEN, the Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center features 1,300 rooms and nearly three miles of riverwalk.

Minnesota: IDS Center

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City: Minneapolis
Height: 792 feet
Floors: 57
Year Completed: 1973

At the base of the IDS Tower (pictured here in the middle) you'll find Crystal Court, a seven-story atrium that is dubbed the "crossroads of Downtown Minneapolis."

Mississippi: Beau Rivage

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City: Biloxi
Height: 347 feet
Floors: 32
Year Completed: 1999

The Beau Rivage (that's French for "beautiful shore") was ravaged during Hurricane Katrina. But the hotel and casino reopened good as new on August 29, 2006, exactly one year after the storm.

Missouri: One Kansas City Place

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City: Kansas City
Height: 623 feet
Floors: 42
Year Completed: 1988

Though One Kansas City Place is seven feet shorter than Missouri's tallest structure, St. Louis' Gateway Arch, it's technically the tallest building in the state since the arch doesn't act as a residential or commercial building.

Montana: First Interstate Center

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City: Billings
Height: 272 feet
Floors: 20
Year Completed: 1985

At 20 stories tall, the First Interstate Center dominates the Billings skyline. Don't confuse it with the First Interstate Center in nearby Missoula, though—that one's just six stories tall!

Nebraska: First National Bank Tower

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City: Omaha
Height: 633 feet
Floors: 46
Year Completed: 2002

As internet legend has it, The Tower at First National Center (colloquially called the First National Bank Tower) was designed to one-up the 801 Grand in Des Moines as the tallest skyscraper in the Heartland. It's just one story—and three feet—taller than Iowa's obelisk.

Nevada: The Palazzo

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City: Paradise
Height: 642 feet
Floors: 50
Year Completed: 2008

Though it's on the Las Vegas Strip, the Palazzo's address technically falls within the limits of Paradise, a town adjacent to the City of Sin. However, Vegas is about to outdo itself on the "tallest building" front. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, The Drew, a glamorous 67-story resort, is set to open nearby in 2022, when it will officially claim its title.

New Hampshire: City Hall Plaza

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City: Manchester
Height: 275 feet
Floors: 20
Year Completed: 1992

City Hall Plaza (pictured here on the right with the green roof) is far and away the tallest building in Northern New England (which consists of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont). Still, at a height of less than 300 feet, it's shorter than the majority of skyscrapers in the region's other main cities, like Boston, Providence, and Hartford.

New Jersey: 30 Hudson Street

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City: Jersey City
Height: 781 feet
Floors: 42
Year Completed: 2018

Yes, 30 Hudson is the tallest building in New Jersey…but not for long! A nearby residential tower, 99 Hudson, will dwarf 30 Hudson by more than 100 feet when it's completed in the near future.

New Mexico: Albuquerque Plaza

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City: Albuquerque
Height: 351 feet
Floors: 22
Year Completed: 1990

Part of a two-tower complex, Albuquerque Plaza is connected to the nearby (yet markedly shorter) Hyatt Regency Albuquerque by a two-story promenade.

New York: One World Trade Center

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City: New York City
Height: 1,776 feet
Floors: 104
Year Completed: 2014

A physical testament to American patriotism, this skyscraper is constructed on the grounds of the Twin Towers, which were tragically destroyed on September 11, 2001. If you count the spire (and experts at the CTBUH do), One World Trade Center clocks in at an astonishing 1,776 feet, making it not just the tallest structure in New York or even America, but in the entire Western Hemisphere. Also, note the significance of the height: It's the year the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence.

North Carolina: Bank of America Corporate Center

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City: Charlotte
Height: 871 feet
Floors: 60
Year Completed: 1992

If there's one building the Charlotte skyline is known for, it's the global headquarters of Bank of America. On the top, you'll notice a 100-foot tall silver crown, meant to pay homage to Charlotte's nickname, "the Queen City."

North Dakota: North Dakota Capital Tower

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City: Bismarck
Height: 242 feet
Floors: 19
Year Completed: 1934

The tallest building in North Dakota also happens to be the most important building in North Dakota: It's the state capitol.

Ohio: Key Tower

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City: Cleveland
Height: 947 feet
Floors: 57
Year Completed: 1991

Columbus and Cincinnati have their fair share of tall buildings, but you'll find the tallest building in the state—Key Tower, the stratospheric headquarters of KeyBank—on the edge of Cleveland's Public Square.

Oklahoma: Devon Energy Center

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City: Oklahoma City
Height: 850 feet
Floors: 50
Year Completed: 2012

Though there's no observation deck at Devon Energy Center, you can still get a 50-story view of Oklahoma City. Just book a reservation at Vast, a farm-to-table restaurant occupying the top two floors of the tower.

Oregon: Wells Fargo Center

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City: Portland
Height: 546 feet
Floors: 41
Year Completed: 1972

Technically, the Wells Fargo Center is a two-structure complex: a five-story office building (not the tallest building in Oregon) and a 40-story commercial-zoned tower (the tallest building in Oregon).

Pennsylvania: Comcast Technology Center

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City: Philadelphia
Height: 1,121 feet
Floors: 60
Year Completed: 2018

For years, a gentlemen's agreement held that no structure would top the William Penn statue, perched high above Philly's hulking city hall (not pictured). Long since abrogated, the Comcast Technology Tower (pictured here on the left) is the latest building to soar past ol' Billy. It's also currently the holder of several records, including tallest building outside of Manhattan and Chicago, and tenth tallest building in the United States.

Rhode Island: Industrial National Bank Building

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City: Providence
Height: 428 feet
Floors: 26
Year Completed: 1927

Officially, the tallest building in Rhode Island is called the Industrial National Bank Building. Unofficially (and Providence locals prefer this term), it's called the Superman Building—and it seems the building has run into some bureaucratic kryptonite. In early 2019, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named it one of the "most endangered buildings in the country."

South Carolina: Capitol Center

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City: Columbia
Height: 349 feet
Floors: 25
Year Completed: 1987

Despite its name, South Carolina's Capitol Center has nothing to do with governance. It just happens to be mere feet away from the South Carolina capitol.

South Dakota: CenturyLink Tower

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City: Sioux Falls
Height: 174 feet
Floors: 11
Year Completed: 1986

Yes, it has "tower" in the name, but it's a matter of debate whether or not CenturyLink Tower (CLT) is a high-rise. Emporis, the internationally accepted gold standard for building information, defines high-rises as anything taller than 35 meters (which CLT is) or anything at least 12 stories in height (which CLT is not).

Texas: JPMorgan Chase Tower

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City: Houston
Height: 1,002 feet
Floors: 75
Year Completed: 1982

Hey, everything is bigger in Texas—and the JP Morgan Chase Tower (pictured here on the right) is no exception. The building houses a staggering 52 elevators and is currently the tallest five-sided tower on the planet.

Tennessee: AT&T Building

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City: Nashville
Height: 617 feet
Floors: 33
Year Completed: 1994

Locally, the AT&T Building is known as the Batman Building. You needn't look twice to understand why.

Utah: Wells Fargo Center

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City: Salt Lake City
Height: 422 feet
Floors: 26
Year Completed: 1998

The Wells Fargo Center (originally built as the American Stores Tower) is the focal point of Salt Lake City's central business district. It features not one but two helipads!

Vermont: Decker Towers

City: Burlington
Height: 124 feet
Floors: 11
Year Completed: 1970

Many buildings in Burlington are of a similar height, but the tallest is a complex called the Decker Towers. In the early 1970s, the city of Burlington scooped up the property, and it is currently operating as public housing for seniors and those with disabilities.

Virginia: The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center

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City: Virginia Beach
Height: 508 feet
Floors: 38
Year Completed: 2007

You'd think the tallest tower in Virginia would be one of the corporate behemoths in Alexandria (which isn't limited by the height restrictions of Washington, D.C.). But the tallest building in Virginia is located even farther away from the capital: It's the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center (pictured here on the right).

Washington: Columbia Center

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City: Seattle
Height: 933 feet
Floors: 76
Year Completed: 1985

Even if you count the Space Needle as a skyscraper (it's not), Columbia Center is still the tallest building in Washington state. Oh, and with its Sky View Observatory perched at 902 feet, it offers even better views than Seattle's iconic structure can!

West Virginia: West Virginia State Capitol

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City: Charleston
Height: 293 feet
Floors: 4
Year Completed: 1932

The West Virginia state capitol has been built and torn down and rebuilt four times over. The latest iteration, which was finished in the middle of the Great Depression, also has the honor of being the state's tallest building—an honor it's held strong 'til this day.

Wisconsin: U.S. Bank Center

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City: Milwaukee
Height: 601 feet
Floors: 42
Year Completed: 1973

The U.S. Bank Center is the tallest building in Wisconsin, sure. But it also has another honor: It's the tallest building on the route between Chicago and Minneapolis.

Wyoming: Wyoming Financial Center

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City: Cheyenne
Height: 148 feet
Floors: 11
Year Completed: 1990

The Wyoming Financial Center is indeed the tallest building in the state. But, like the CenturyLink Tower in Sioux Falls, it's a matter of debate on whether or not the thing counts as a high-rise. It is taller than 35 meters, but it's also one story short of the 12 in the CLT's definition. Hey, they can't all be One World Trade, right? And for more amazing tours around the country, Here's The Best City in Every State for Empty Nesters.

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