List of tallest buildings in Cleveland

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Skyline of Cleveland

Cleveland, the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio, is home to 142 completed high-rises,[1] 31 of which stand taller than 250 feet (76 m). The tallest building in Cleveland is the 57-story Key Tower, which rises 947 feet (289 m) on Public Square.[2] The tower has been the tallest building in the state of Ohio since its completion in 1991, and it also stood as the tallest building in the United States between Chicago and New York City prior to the 2007 completion of the Comcast Center in Philadelphia.[2] The Terminal Tower, which rises 771 feet (235 m), stands as the second-tallest building in the city and the state; at the time of its completion, the building was the tallest in the world outside of New York City.[3]

The history of skyscrapers in Cleveland began in 1889 with the construction of the Society for Savings Building, often regarded as the first skyscraper in the city.[4] Cleveland went through an early building boom in the late 1920s and early 1930s, during which several high-rise buildings, including the Terminal Tower, were constructed. The city experienced a second, much larger building boom that lasted from the early 1970s to early 1990s, during which time it saw the construction of over 15 skyscrapers, including the Key Tower and 200 Public Square. Overall, the city is the site of three of the four Ohio skyscrapers that rise at least 656 feet (200 m) in height; Cincinnati contains the other. As of 2012, the skyline of Cleveland is 27th in the United States and 96th in the world with 14 buildings rising at least 330 feet (100 m) in height.[5]

Unlike many other major American cities, Cleveland was the site of relatively few skyscraper construction projects in the 2000s decade. The most recently completed skyscraper in the city is the Carl B. Stokes Federal Court House Building, which was constructed in 2002 and rises 430 feet (131 m).[6] Overall, as of November 2012, there were 17 high-rise buildings under construction or proposed for construction in Cleveland.[1]

Skyline of Cleveland from Lake Erie, with the Key Tower, 200 Public Square and the Terminal Tower at the center

Tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks Cleveland skyscrapers that stand at least 250 feet (76 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed.

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Notes
1 Key Tower Key Center.jpg 947 (289) 57 1991
2 Terminal Tower Tower City.jpg 723 (220) 52 1930
3 200 Public Square BP Building.jpg 658 (201) 45 1985
  • Also known as the BP Building
  • Tallest building constructed in the city in the 1980s[9][10]
4 Tower at Erieview Erieviewtower.jpg 529 (161) 40 1964
  • Tallest building constructed in Cleveland in the 1960s[11][12]
5 One Cleveland Center One-cleveland-center.jpg 450 (137) 31 1983 [13][14]
6 Fifth Third Center Fifth Third Center, Cleveland.jpg 446 (136) 27 1992 [15][16]
7 Federal Court House Tower CarlStokesFCH.jpg 430 (131) 23 2002
  • Tallest building constructed in the city in the 2000s
  • Most recently completed skyscraper in the city[6][17]
8 Justice Center Complex Justice Center complex, Cleveland.jpg 420 (128) 26 1977
  • Tallest building constructed in the city in the 1970s[18][19]
9 Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building Anthony J. Celebreeze Federal Building.jpg 419 (128) 31 1967 [20][21]
10 PNC Center National City Center, Cleveland.jpg 410 (125) 35 1980
  • Originally known as the National City Center; building was renamed in 2009[22][23]
11 AT Tower Ameritrust Tower.JPG 390 (119) 28 1971
  • Previously known as Cleveland Trust Tower
  • Currently being redeveloped as a mixed use hotel, retail, and residential building attached to the new Cuyahoga County Headquarters
  • Also known as 900 Euclid Tower[24][25]
12 AT&T Huron Road Building AT&T Huron Rd building.jpg 365 (111) 24 1927
  • Commonly known as Ohio Bell Buildinh
  • Previously known as the Ameritech Building
  • Tallest building constructed in Cleveland in the 1920s[26][27]
13 Rhodes Tower CSU Rhodes Tower.jpg 363 (111) 20 1971
  • Originally known as the University Tower[28][29]
14 Eaton Center Eaton Center.jpg 356 (109) 28 1983 [30][31]
15 Ernst & Young Tower Flats East Bank.jpg 330 (101) 21 2013
  • Phase I of the Flats East Bank redevelopment project
  • First downtown private office building constructed since 1992
16 Marriott at Key Center Marriott at Key Center.jpg 320 (98) 28 1991
  • Tallest all-hotel building in the city[32][33]
17 McDonald Investment Center 308 (94) 23 1968
  • Also known as Key Center
  • Formerly known as the Central National Bank Building[34][35]
18 55 Public Square 55 Public Square from West 3rd Street.jpg 300 (91) 22 1958
  • Tallest building constructed in the city the 1950s
  • Originally known as the Illuminating Building[36][37]
19 Huntington Bank Building 289 (88) 21 1924 [38][39]
20 North Point Tower Northpointtower.jpg 285 (87) 20 1990 [40][41]
21= Diamond Building CHESTER COMMONS, POPULAR MINI-PARK IN BUSY DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND - NARA - 550076.jpg 282 (86) 23 1972 [42][43]
21= Standard Building Standard Building detail.jpg 282 (86) 21 1925 [44][45]
23 1717 East Ninth Building 275 (84) 21 1959
  • Also known as the East Ohio Building[46][47]
24 Keith Building Maxine Goodman levin and Nance College.JPG 272 (83) 21 1922 [48][49]
25= East Tower Reserve Square.jpg 266 (81) 25 1973
  • Tallest all-residential building in the city
  • Also known as the Reserve Square Apartments[50][51]
25= Embassy Suites Tower Reserve Square.jpg 266 (81) 26 1969
  • Also known as Embassy Suites at Reserve Square[52][53]
27 Superior Building Superior Bldg.jpg 265 (81) 22 1922 [54][55]
28 Fenn Tower Fenn Tower.jpg 265 (81) 21 1930 [56][57]
29 Landmark Office Towers Terminal tower.jpg 260 (79) 22 1930 [58][59]
30= Penton Media Building 253 (77) 21 1972 [60][61]
30= Ohio Savings Plaza 253 (77) 17 1969 [62][63]
30= Ameritech Center Ameritech Center, Cleveland.jpg 253 (77) 16 1983 [64][65]

Tallest under construction or proposed[edit]

This lists skyscrapers that are under construction or proposed for construction in Cleveland and planned to be at least 250 feet (76 m) tall, but are not yet completed structures. A floor count of 20 stories is used as the cutoff in place of a height of 250 feet (76 m) for buildings whose heights have not yet been released by their developers.

Name Height
ft (m)
Floors Year
(est.)
Status Notes
Hilton Cleveland Convention Center 374 (116) 32 2016 Under construction [66][67][68]
One University Circle 260 (79) 25 2017 Proposed [69][70]

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

The Terminal Tower stood as tallest building in Cleveland for 61 years, from 1930 until 1991.

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Cleveland.

Name Street address Years as tallest Height
ft (m)
Floors Reference
Society for Savings Building 127 Public Square 1889–1896 152 (46) 10 [4]
Guardian Bank Building 623-629 Euclid Avenue 1896–1905 221 (67) 15 [71]
Rockefeller Building 614 Superior Avenue 1905–1922 230 (70) 16 [72]
Keith Building 1621 Euclid Avenue 1922–1924 272 (83) 22 [49]
Union Trust Building[A] 925 Euclid Avenue 1924–1927 289 (88) 22 [39]
Ohio Bell Building[B] 750 Huron Road 1927–1930 364 (111) 24 [27]
Terminal Tower 50 Public Square 1930–1991 771 (235) 52 [8]
Key Tower 127 Public Square 1991–present 947 (289) 57 [7]

Notes[edit]

A. ^ The Union Trust Building has since been renamed the Huntington Bank Building.
B. ^ The Ohio Bell Building has since been renamed the AT&T Huron Road Building.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "Terminal Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
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  8. ^ a b "Terminal Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  9. ^ "200 Public Square". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  10. ^ "BP Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  11. ^ "Tower at Erieview". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
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  15. ^ "Fifth Third Center". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  16. ^ "Fifth Third Center". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  17. ^ "Carl B. Stokes Federal Courthouse". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  18. ^ "Justice Center". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
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  20. ^ "Federal Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  21. ^ "Federal Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  22. ^ "National City Center". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  23. ^ "National City Center". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  24. ^ "900 Euclid Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  25. ^ "AT Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  26. ^ "Ohio Bell Huron Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
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  28. ^ "Rhodes Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  29. ^ "Rhodes Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  30. ^ "Eaton Center". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
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  34. ^ "McDonald Investment Center". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  35. ^ "McDonald Investment Center". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  36. ^ "55 Public Square". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  37. ^ "55 Public Square". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  38. ^ "Huntington Bank Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  39. ^ a b "Huntington Bank Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  40. ^ "North Point Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  41. ^ "North Point Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  42. ^ "Diamond Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  43. ^ "The Diamond Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  44. ^ "Standard Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  45. ^ "The Standard Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  46. ^ "1717 East Ninth Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  47. ^ "East Ohio Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  48. ^ "Keith Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  49. ^ a b "The Keith Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  50. ^ "East Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  51. ^ "Reserve Square Apartments". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  52. ^ "Embassy Suites Cleveland-Downtown/West Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  53. ^ "Embassy Suites at Reserve Square". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  54. ^ "Superior Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  55. ^ "Superior Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  56. ^ "Fenn Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  57. ^ "Fenn Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  58. ^ "Landmark Office Towers". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  59. ^ "Landmark Office Towers". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  60. ^ "Penton Media Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  61. ^ "Penton Media Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  62. ^ "Ohio Savings Plaza". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  63. ^ "Ohio Savings Plaza". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  64. ^ "Ameritech Center". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  65. ^ "Ameritech Center". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
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  68. ^ "Hilton Convention Center Hotel". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  69. ^ "One University Circle". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  70. ^ McFee, Michelle Jarboe (2014-04-10). "Developers plan high-rise apartment tower in University Circle, on children's museum site". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  71. ^ "Holiday Inn Express Downtown". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 
  72. ^ "Rockefeller Building". 

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