List of tallest buildings in Austin

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AMLI II One American Center W Austin Hotel and Residences Frost Bank Tower The Austonian The Ashton 100 Congress One Congress Plaza File:AustinSkylinefromButlerPark-Jun2009.JPG File:AustinSkylinefromButlerPark-Jun2009.JPGA view of the Austin skyline as taken from Butler Park, facing a north northeast direction
Skyline of Austin from Butler Park, June 2009 (Use cursor to identify buildings)

The U.S. city of Austin, Texas is the site of 122 high-rises, 47 of which stand taller than 180 feet (55 m).[citation needed] The tallest building in the city is the 56-story Austonian, which is 683 ft (208 m) tall. Completed in 2010, it is the tallest building in Texas outside Houston and Dallas and the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi River.[1] The second-tallest building is 360 Condominiums, which stands 581 ft (177 m) and was Austin's tallest from 2008 to 2010.[2] The third-tallest building in the city is the Frost Bank Tower, which was Austin's tallest structure from 2004 until 2008.[3]

The history of skyscrapers in Austin began with the construction of the Scarbrough Building in 1910, which is often regarded as the first skyscraper in the city.[4] Austin went through a skyscraper boom in the 1970s and 1980s, which resulted in the construction of more than 30 of the tallest buildings in the city. Since 2007, the city has been going through a second building boom, with a multitude of buildings constructed, including the Austonian and 360 Condominiums. Additionally, over 30 high-rises are proposed for construction.[dead link][5] In total, Austin contains 121 high-rises.[5] As of August 2014, no buildings are among the top 100 the tallest in the United States.

A picture of the Austin skyline in the afternoon.
Panorama of Austin from Mount Bonnell

Tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks Austin's completed skyscrapers that stand at least 180 feet (55 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts or other objects not part of the original plans. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings.

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Coordinates Notes
1 The Austonian Slightly elevated view of a 60-story skyscraper with a glass facade set atop a rectangular pedestal; the building has balconies on every floor and has two small setbacks near the roofline. 683 (208) 56 2010 30°15′53.43″N 97°44′41.37″W / 30.2648417°N 97.7448250°W / 30.2648417; -97.7448250 Tallest residential building in the United States west of the Mississippi River; tallest building in Texas outside Houston and Dallas[1]
2 360 Condominiums View of the 360 Condominiums from the north; the building has a blue glass facade; there is a setback 1/3 of the way up and a spire on the top of the tower. 581 (177) 44 2008 30°16′2.27″N 97°44′58.94″W / 30.2672972°N 97.7497056°W / 30.2672972; -97.7497056 Stood as the tallest residential building in Texas until the Austonian surpassed it; the building was originally designed to be shorter, but more floors and units were later added.[2]
3 Frost Bank Tower Ground view of the Frost Bank Tower; the tower has the appearance of an owl; the building has multiple setbacks; there is a cyan colored crown on the top of the building. 515 (157) 33 2004 30°15′58.73″N 97°44′34.65″W / 30.2663139°N 97.7429583°W / 30.2663139; -97.7429583 Was the first skyscraper in the United States to start construction after the September 11, 2001 attacks[3]
4 W Austin Hotel and Residences A view from Zilker Park of the building; the tower is topped out; the building is rectangular, and there are no setbacks; the building has a reflective blue facade; the tower appears to look like a tall rectangle stacked on top of another smaller rectangle. 478 (146) 37 2010 30°15′56.69″N 97°44′49.44″W / 30.2657472°N 97.7470667°W / 30.2657472; -97.7470667 [6]
5 Spring Ground view from the south of a 43-story tower. The building has a green glass facade on the right side, and a solid brick side with windows on the left. 434 (132) 42 2009 30°16′7.77″N 97°45′14.32″W / 30.2688250°N 97.7539778°W / 30.2688250; -97.7539778 Tallest building in the West End district[7]
6 The Ashton Elevated view of The Ashton from south in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The tower has a white base, while the tower is brick/crimson red color. 416 (127) 37 2009 30°15′51.49″N 97°44′43.42″W / 30.2643028°N 97.7453944°W / 30.2643028; -97.7453944 Tallest apartment building in Austin. Originally called The Altavida.[8]
7 JW Marriot 408 (124) 32 2015 30°15′48.69″N 97°44′37.24″W / 30.2635250°N 97.7436778°W / 30.2635250; -97.7436778 [9]
8 One Congress Plaza Long distance slightly-elevated shot of One Congress Plaza. The brown building has a staircase form on both sides that level out on the roof. 398 (121) 30 1987 30°15′48.69″N 97°44′37.24″W / 30.2635250°N 97.7436778°W / 30.2635250; -97.7436778 [10]
9 One American Center View from perhaps another building of One American Center. The building is white with red lining, and staircases at the top. 397 (121) 32 1984 30°16′7.34″N 97°44′35.85″W / 30.2687056°N 97.7432917°W / 30.2687056; -97.7432917 [11]
10 Four Seasons Residences Elevated view of the 32 story tower. The building has the appearance of 2 buildings fused together; the base is crimson while the tower is blue; balconies appear on only the sides of the building. 394 (120) 32 2010 30°15′44.18″N 97°44′30.01″W / 30.2622722°N 97.7416694°W / 30.2622722; -97.7416694 [12]
11 Austin Hilton Convention Center An orange building as viewed from the east. 377 (115) 31 2004 30°15′54.49″N 97°44′17.58″W / 30.2651361°N 97.7382167°W / 30.2651361; -97.7382167 Tallest all-hotel building in Austin[13]
12 Legacy at Town Lake The 31 story building from the south. The building is a rectangular prism with some setbacks on the side facing the viewer. 339 (103) 31 2008 30°15′21.57″N 97°44′22.06″W / 30.2559917°N 97.7394611°W / 30.2559917; -97.7394611 [14]
13 Bank of America Center The building is a dark gray rectangular building with one setback near the very top. From this angle, the building shows only one side. 336 (102) 26 1975 30°16′3.53″N 97°44′33.49″W / 30.2676472°N 97.7426361°W / 30.2676472; -97.7426361 [15]
14 300 West Sixth The building is generally light brown. The lower portion of the tower is a vertical rectangle, followed by a setback and then a semi-circle. 328 (100) 23 2002 30°16′8.87″N 97°44′44.92″W / 30.2691306°N 97.7458111°W / 30.2691306; -97.7458111 [16]
15 100 Congress 100 Congress 328 (100) 22 1987 30°15′50.72″N 97°44′41.99″W / 30.2640889°N 97.7449972°W / 30.2640889; -97.7449972 [17]
16 San Jacinto Center San Jacinto Center 324 (99) 21 1987 30°15′44.52″N 97°44′34.65″W / 30.2623667°N 97.7429583°W / 30.2623667; -97.7429583 [18]
17 The Monarch The Monarch 323 (98) 29 2008 30°16′8.6″N 97°45′8.25″W / 30.269056°N 97.7522917°W / 30.269056; -97.7522917 [19]
18 JPMorgan Chase Bank Tower Chase Tower 322 (98) 21 1974 30°16′6″N 97°44′42.37″W / 30.26833°N 97.7451028°W / 30.26833; -97.7451028 [20]
19 Texas State Capitol Texas State Capitol 311 (95) 4 1888 30°16′28.75″N 97°44′25.61″W / 30.2746528°N 97.7404472°W / 30.2746528; -97.7404472 [21]
20 UT Main Building Main Building of the University of Texas at Austin 307 (94) 29 1937 30°17′9.24″N 97°44′21.75″W / 30.2859000°N 97.7393750°W / 30.2859000; -97.7393750 [22]
21 Dobie Center Dobie Center 307 (94) 29 1972 30°17′0.17″N 97°44′28.51″W / 30.2833806°N 97.7412528°W / 30.2833806; -97.7412528 [23]
22 301 Congress 301 Congress 306 (93) 22 1986 30°15′54.86″N 97°44′34.84″W / 30.2652389°N 97.7430111°W / 30.2652389; -97.7430111 [24]
23 Westgate Tower Westgate Tower 261 (80) 25 1967 30°16′26.35″N 97°44′34.65″W / 30.2739861°N 97.7429583°W / 30.2739861; -97.7429583 [25]
24 The Shore The Shore 257 (78) 22 2007 30°15′34.18″N 97°44′21.71″W / 30.2594944°N 97.7393639°W / 30.2594944; -97.7393639 [26]
25 Capitol Tower Capitol Tower 246 (75) 20 1986 30°16′14.14″N 97°44′23.06″W / 30.2705944°N 97.7397389°W / 30.2705944; -97.7397389 [27]
25 816 Congress 816 Congress 242 (74) 20 1984 30°16′14.78″N 97°44′33.92″W / 30.2707722°N 97.7427556°W / 30.2707722; -97.7427556 [28]
27 The Castilian 237 (72) 23 1969 30°17′14.01″N 97°44′32.6″W / 30.2872250°N 97.742389°W / 30.2872250; -97.742389 [29]
28 William P. Clements State Office Building William P. Clements State Office Building 237 (72) 15 1986 30°16′40.89″N 97°44′32.49″W / 30.2780250°N 97.7423583°W / 30.2780250; -97.7423583 [30]
29 21 Rio 21 Rio 236 (72) 21 2009 30°17′3.4″N 97°44′41.38″W / 30.284278°N 97.7448278°W / 30.284278; -97.7448278 [31]
30 Wells Fargo Tower Wells Fargo Tower 234 (71) 17 1981 30°16′41.83″N 97°44′35.81″W / 30.2782861°N 97.7432806°W / 30.2782861; -97.7432806 [32]
31 823 Congress 823 Congress 229 (70) 16 1971 30°16′13.77″N 97°44′29.74″W / 30.2704917°N 97.7415944°W / 30.2704917; -97.7415944 [33]
32 Austin Centre/Omni Hotel Austin Centre/Omni Hotel 226 (69) 16 1986 30°16′7.8″N 97°44′25.69″W / 30.268833°N 97.7404694°W / 30.268833; -97.7404694 [34]
33 AMLI on 2nd AMLI on II 225 (69) 18 2008 30°15′58.06″N 97°44′53.03″W / 30.2661278°N 97.7480639°W / 30.2661278; -97.7480639 [35]
34 Robert Lee Moore Hall 225 (69) 14 1974 30°17′20.25″N 97°44′10.9″W / 30.2889583°N 97.736361°W / 30.2889583; -97.736361 [36]
35 Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium View from inside a stadium 223 (68) 1924 30°17′1.06″N 97°43′57.15″W / 30.2836278°N 97.7325417°W / 30.2836278; -97.7325417 Stadium for the Texas Longhorns football team[37]
36 Capitol Center Capitol Center 210 (64) 15 1984 30°16′17.08″N 97°44′27.85″W / 30.2714111°N 97.7410694°W / 30.2714111; -97.7410694 [38]
37 JPMorgan Chase Tower JP Morgan Chase Tower 210 (64) 5 1980 30°16′13.14″N 97°44′42.88″W / 30.2703167°N 97.7452444°W / 30.2703167; -97.7452444 [39]
38 Blackwell Thurman Criminal Justice Center Blackwell Thurman Criminal Justice Center 204 (62) 11 2001 30°16′25.28″N 97°44′48.09″W / 30.2736889°N 97.7466917°W / 30.2736889; -97.7466917 [40]
39 Hilton Garden Inn Austin Hilton Garden Inn Austin 197 (60) 15 1984 30°15′55.26″N 97°44′7.84″W / 30.2653500°N 97.7355111°W / 30.2653500; -97.7355111 [41]
40 Norwood Tower Norwood Tower 189 (58) 15 1929 30°16′10.34″N 97°44′36.04″W / 30.2695389°N 97.7433444°W / 30.2695389; -97.7433444 [42]
41 Lyndon Baines Johnson State Office Building Lyndon Baines Johnson State Office Building 188 (57) 12 1968 30°16′41.23″N 97°44′15.72″W / 30.2781194°N 97.7377000°W / 30.2781194; -97.7377000 [43]
42 William B. Travis State Office Building William B. Travis State Office Building 188 (57) 12 30°16′44.5″N 97°44′17.04″W / 30.279028°N 97.7380667°W / 30.279028; -97.7380667 [44]
43 Hyatt Regency Hotel Hyatt Regency Hotel 185 (56) 17 1981 30°15′38.98″N 97°44′48.94″W / 30.2608278°N 97.7469278°W / 30.2608278; -97.7469278 [45]
44 Southwest Tower Building Southwest Tower Building 185 (56) 13 1973 30°16′5.87″N 97°44′27.27″W / 30.2682972°N 97.7409083°W / 30.2682972; -97.7409083 [46]
45 One Texas Center One Texas Center 183 (56) 13 1983 30°15′26.57″N 97°44′57.9″W / 30.2573806°N 97.749417°W / 30.2573806; -97.749417 [47]
46 Doubletree Austin Guest Suites Doubletree Austin Guest Suites 183 (56) 15 1987 30°16′38.49″N 97°44′33.41″W / 30.2773583°N 97.7426139°W / 30.2773583; -97.7426139 [48]
47 Cambridge Tower Cambridge Tower 181 (55) 15 1965 30°16′50.47″N 97°44′25.73″W / 30.2806861°N 97.7404806°W / 30.2806861; -97.7404806 [49]
48 Stephen F. Austin Hotel Stephen F. Austin Hotel 181 (55) 15 1924 30°16′8.3″N 97°44′31.39″W / 30.268972°N 97.7420528°W / 30.268972; -97.7420528 [50]
49 Austin City Lofts Austin City Lofts 180 (55) 14 2001 30°16′10.67″N 97°45′5.03″W / 30.2696306°N 97.7513972°W / 30.2696306; -97.7513972 [51]

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This list includes buildings that have held the title of the tallest building in Austin as well as the current titleholder, the Austonian.

Name Image Street address Years as tallest Height
ft (m)
Floors Coordinates Reference
Texas State Capitol Texas State Capitol 1100 Congress Avenue 1888–1974 311 (95) 4 30°16′28.42″N 97°44′25.07″W / 30.2745611°N 97.7402972°W / 30.2745611; -97.7402972 [21]
Chase Bank Tower Chase Bank Tower 210 West 6th Street 1974–1975 325 (99) 21 30°16′8″N 97°44′41.45″W / 30.26889°N 97.7448472°W / 30.26889; -97.7448472 [20]
Bank of America Center Bank of America Center 515 Congress Avenue 1975–1984 328 (100) 25 30°16′3.47″N 97°44′33.41″W / 30.2676306°N 97.7426139°W / 30.2676306; -97.7426139 [15]
One American Center One American Center 116 West 6th Street 1984–1987 397 (121) 32 30°16′6.94″N 97°44′35.96″W / 30.2685944°N 97.7433222°W / 30.2685944; -97.7433222 >ref name="1amcenter"/>
One Congress Plaza One Congress Plaza 111 Congress Avenue 1987–2004 398 (121) 30 30°15′48.69″N 97°44′37.31″W / 30.2635250°N 97.7436972°W / 30.2635250; -97.7436972 [10]
Frost Bank Tower Frost Bank Tower 120 East 4th Street 2004–2008 515 (157) 33 30°15′58.93″N 97°44′34.42″W / 30.2663694°N 97.7428944°W / 30.2663694; -97.7428944 [3]
360 Condominiums 360 Condominiums 360 Nueces Street 2008–2010 563 (172) 44 30°16′2.17″N 97°44′59.21″W / 30.2672694°N 97.7497806°W / 30.2672694; -97.7497806 [2]
The Austonian The Austonian 201 Colorado Street 2010–present 683 (208) 56 30°15′53.36″N 97°44′41.45″W / 30.2648222°N 97.7448472°W / 30.2648222; -97.7448472 [1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "360 Condominiums". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "Frost Bank Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 21 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "The Scarbrough Building". Austin Post Card. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
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  6. ^ "W Austin Hotel and Residences". Emporis. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Spring". Emporis. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Altavida". Emporis. Retrieved 17 October 2008. 
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  11. ^ "One American Center". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  12. ^ "Four Seasons Residences Austin". Emporis. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "Austin Hilton Convention Center". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  14. ^ "Legacy at Town Lake". Emporis. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  15. ^ a b "Bank of America Center". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  16. ^ "300 West Sixth". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  17. ^ "100 Congress". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  18. ^ "San Jacinto Center". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  19. ^ "THe Monarch". Emporis. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  20. ^ a b "Chase Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  21. ^ a b "Texas State Capitol". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  22. ^ "Main Building of The University of Texas at Austin". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  23. ^ "Dobie Center". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  24. ^ "301 Congress". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  25. ^ "Westgate Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  26. ^ "The Shore". Emporis. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  27. ^ "Capitol Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  28. ^ "816 Congress". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  29. ^ "The Castilian". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  30. ^ "William P. Clements State Office Building". Emporis. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  31. ^ "21 Rio". Emporis. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  32. ^ "Wells Fargo Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  33. ^ "823 Congress". Emporis. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  34. ^ "Omni Hotel". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  35. ^ "AMLI on 2nd". Emporis. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  36. ^ "Robert Lee Moore Hall". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  37. ^ "Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium". Emporis. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  38. ^ "Capitol Center". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  39. ^ "JPMorgan Chase Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  40. ^ "Blackwelll Thurman Criminal Justice Center". Emporis. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  41. ^ "Hilton Garden Inn Austin". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  42. ^ "Norwood Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  43. ^ "Lyndon Baines Johnson State Office Building". Emporis. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  44. ^ "William B. Travis State Office Building". Emporis. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  45. ^ "Hyatt Regency Hotel". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  46. ^ "Southwest Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  47. ^ "One Texas Center". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  48. ^ "Doubletree Austin Guest Suites". Emporis. Retrieved 7 April 2008. 
  49. ^ "Cambridge Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  50. ^ "Stephan F. Austin Hotel". Emporis. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  51. ^ "Austin City Lofts". Emporis. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 

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