The history of skyscrapers in Dallas began with the construction of the Praetorian Building in 1909, which is often regarded as the first skyscraper in the city, the Southwestern United States and sometimes the entire Western United States. Dallas later went through a construction boom from the early 1970s through the late 1980s, resulting in the construction of over 20 skyscrapers, including the Bank of America Plaza and the Renaissance Tower. Overall, Dallas is the site of 19 skyscrapers that rise at least 500 feet (152 m) in height. As of 2013[update], the city's skyline is ranked second in Texas (behind Houston), 12th in the United States and 43rd in the world with 41 buildings rising at least 330 feet (100 m) in height.
From the completion of the Cityplace Center in 1988 until the construction of W Dallas Victory Hotel & Residences in 2006, the city was the site of no major skyscraper construction projects; since the mid-2000s, however, the city has seen several prominent proposals for new high-rise developments. One such proposal was the Victory Tower, which, at 650 feet (198 m), would have stood as the tallest building in the new Victory Park neighborhood and housed a new Mandarin Oriental hotel; the project was ultimately canceled. The 560-foot (170 m) Museum Tower is the most recently completed high-rise in the city. Completed in 2012, the building is located in Dallas' Arts District and now stands as the second-tallest all-residential skyscraper in the city, behind Republic Center Tower I. Overall, as of February 2013[update], there were 26 high-rise buildings under construction or proposed for construction in Dallas.
This list ranks completed and topped out skyscrapers in Dallas that stand at least 400 feet (122 m), 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. Freestanding observation towers, while not habitable buildings, are included for comparison purposes but not ranked.
This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Dallas. The first skyscraper in the city is generally considered the Praetorian Building, which was the city's tallest from 1909 until 1912. The Praetorian Building was also the first skyscraper constructed in the Southwestern United States and is sometimes classified as the first skyscraper constructed in the Western United States. However, depending on one's definition of "the West", this title could also go to the 1885 Lumber Exchange Building in Minneapolis.
A.^ According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, freestanding observation towers are not considered buildings, as they are not fully habitable structures. This structure is included for comparative purposes.
B.^ This excludes the height of the building's five rooftop spires, which were not added until 1987. With the addition of the spires, the building's height was extended to 886 feet (270 m).