List of tallest buildings in Iowa

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Skyline of Des Moines

This list of tallest buildings in Iowa ranks skyscrapers and monuments in the US state of Iowa by height.

Tallest buildings[edit]

Picture Rank Name Stories Height Year Completed Primary Purpose City Source
801 Grand, since 1991 the tallest building in Des Moines and Iowa 1 801 Grand (previously The Principal Building) 45 630 ft (192 m) 1991 Office Des Moines [1]
Ruan Center, from 1975 until 1991 the tallest building in Des Moines 2 Ruan Center 36 460 ft (140 m) 1975 Office Des Moines [2]
Des Moines Marriott Hotel 3 Des Moines Marriott Hotel 33 365 ft (111 m) 1981 Hotel Des Moines [3]
Financial Center, from 1973 until 1975 the tallest building in Des Moines 4 Financial Center 25 345 ft (105 m) 1973 Office Des Moines [4]
The Plaza Building 5 Plaza Building 25 340 ft (104 m) 1985 Residential Des Moines [5]
HUB Tower 6 HUB Tower 25 325 ft (99 m) 1986 Office Des Moines [6]
EMC Insurance Building 7 EMC Insurance Building 19 325 ft (99 m) 1997 Office Des Moines [7]
The Equitable Building, from 1924 until 1973 the tallest building in Des Moines 8 Equitable Building 19 318 ft (97 m) 1924 Residential Des Moines [8]
9 Alliant Tower 21 285 ft (86.9 m) 1972 Office Cedar Rapids [9]
10 Bank of America Building 16 280 ft (85 m) 1966 Office Des Moines [10]
The State Capitol, from 1984 until 1924 the tallest building in Des Moines 11 Iowa State Capitol 4 275 ft (83.8 m) 1884 Government Des Moines [11]
12 Qwest Complex 15 273 ft (83 m) Office Des Moines [12]
13 Register & Tribune Building 14 243 ft (74 m) 1916 Office Des Moines [13]
Wells Fargo Bank Davenport, Iowa.jpg 14 Wells Fargo Building 19 240 ft (73 m) 1927 Office/Residential Davenport [14]
15 Cedar River Tower 25 237 ft (72 m) 1974 Residential/Office Cedar Rapids [15]
Mid-American Energy Bldg, Davenport, Iowa.jpg 16 MidAmerican Building 15 220 ft (67 m) 1995 Office Davenport [16]
17 Plaza 425 (previously the APAC Building) 14 207 ft (63 m) 1983 Office Cedar Rapids [17]

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This list shows which buildings have been the tallest in Iowa since 1884.

Years as Tallest Name Stories Height Source
1884–1924 Iowa State Capitol n/a 275 ft (83.8 m) [11]
1924–1973 Equitable Building 19 318 ft (97 m) [8]
1973–1975 Financial Center 25 345 ft (105 m) [4]
1975–1991 Ruan Center 36 460 ft (140 m) [2]
1991–Present 801 Grand 45 630 ft (192 m) [1]

Tall buildings prior to 1884[edit]

Ladies' College Building, Davenport, 1856, later Mount Ida Female College.
Mount Ida Female College in 1858, after dome was added.

There does not seem to have been any effort to document the tallest building in Iowa prior to the construction of the State Capitol in 1884. This list shows buildings which may have been the tallest in Iowa prior to 1884, excluding church steeples.

Years as Tallest Name Stories Height Source
1840–1856 Old Capitol, Iowa City n/a ca. 114 ft (34.7 m) [18]
1856–1884 Shot Tower, Dubuque 10 120 ft 5 in (36.7 m) [19]

Other early tall building include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "801 Grand, Des Moines". emporis.com. Retrieved April 12, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Ruan Center, Des Moines". emporis.com. Retrieved April 12, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Des Moines Marriott, Des Moines". emporis.com. Retrieved April 12, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Financial Center, Des Moines". emporis.com. Retrieved April 12, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Plaza Building, Des Moines". emporis.com. Retrieved April 12, 2008. 
  6. ^ "HUB Tower, Des Moines". emporis.com. Retrieved April 12, 2008. 
  7. ^ "EMC Insurance Building, Des Moines". emporis.com. Retrieved April 12, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Equitable Building, Des Moines". emporis.com. Retrieved April 12, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Alliant Tower, Cedar Rapids". emporis.com. Retrieved April 12, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Bank of America Building, Des Moines". emporis.com. Retrieved April 12, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b "STATE CAPITOL". State of Iowa. Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Qwest Building Addition, Des Moines". emporis.com. Retrieved April 12, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Register & Tribune Building, Des Moines". emporis.com. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Wells Fargo Building". emporis.com. Retrieved April 12, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Cedar River Tower, Cedar Rapids". emporis.com. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ "MidAmerican Building, Davenport". emporis.com. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  17. ^ "APAC Building, Cedar Rapids". emporis.com. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  18. ^ Old Capitol NRHP inventory, http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NHLS/Text/72000475.pdf
  19. ^ City of Dubuque, http://www.cityofdubuque.org/index.aspx?NID=712
  20. ^ Nathan Howe Parker, Iowa as it is in 1856: a gazetteer for citizens, 1856
  21. ^ Wilkie, Franc B. (1858), Davenport, past and present
  22. ^ Jackson, Donald (1958) "Old Fort Madison 1808–1813." Palimpsest 39(1).