List of tallest buildings in Kentucky

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This list of tallest buildings in Kentucky ranks skyscrapers in the U.S. state of Kentucky by height. The tallest building in Kentucky is 400 West Market in Louisville, which rises 167 meters/549 feet and was completed in 1993.

Tallest buildings[edit]

400 West Market, the tallest building in Kentucky
The National City Tower (center), Kentucky's 2nd tallest building
PNC Plaza, Kentucky's 3rd tallest building
The Humana Building, Kentucky's 4th tallest building
The Lexington Financial Center, Kentucky's 5th tallest building
The Kincaid Towers, Kentucky's 12th tallest building
The Capitol Plaza Tower is the tallest public building in Kentucky
The Ascent at Roebling's Bridge, Kentucky's 19th tallest building

This lists ranks Kentucky buildings that stand at least 130 feet (39.6 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. Existing structures are included for ranking purposes based on present height.

Rank Name Height
ft / m
Floors Year Notes
1 400 West Market, Louisville 549/ 163 35 1993 Formerly AEGON Center; formerly Capital Holding Tower; formerly Providian Center; tallest building in Kentucky, 1993 to present
2 National City Tower, Louisville 512 / 156 40 1972 Formerly First National Tower; tallest building in Kentucky, 1972-1993
3 PNC Plaza, Louisville 420 / 128 30 1971 Formerly Citizens Plaza; tallest building in Kentucky, 1971-1972
4 Humana Building, Louisville 417 / 127 27 1985
5 Lexington Financial Center, Lexington 410 / 125 32 1987 Tallest building in Lexington
6 Waterfront Park Place, Louisville 364 / 111 23 2004 Tallest residential building in Kentucky, 2004-present
7 B&W Tower, Louisville 363 / 111 26 1982
8 Meidinger Tower, Louisville 363 / 111 26 1982
9 Waterfront Plaza II, Louisville 340 / 104 25 1993
10 Waterfront Plaza I, Louisville 340 / 104 25 1991
11 Capital Plaza Office Tower, Frankfort 338 / 103 28 1963 Tallest public building in Kentucky
12 Kincaid Towers, Lexington 333 / 101 22 1979 Tallest building in Lexington, 1979-1987
13 Pearce Ford Tower, Bowling Green 332 / 101 27 1970 Tallest Residence Hall in Kentucky
14 LG&E Center, Louisville 328 / 100 23 1989
15 Galt House (Rivue Tower), Louisville 325 / 99 25 1972 Tallest hotel in Kentucky
16 Galt House (Suite Tower), Louisville 322 / 98 20 1985
17 BB&T Building, Louisville 312 / 95 24 1972
18 RiverCenter I, Covington 308 / 94 18 1990
19 The Ascent at Roebling's Bridge, Covington 293 / 89 21 2008 Daniel Libeskind, Architect
20 RiverCenter II, Covington 292 / 89 15 1998
21 The 800 Apartments, Louisville 290 / 88 29 1963 Tallest residential building in Kentucky, 1963-2004
22 (Tie) Blanding Tower, Lexington 262 / 80 23 1969
22 (Tie) Kirwan Tower, Lexington 262 / 80 23 1969
23 Commonwealth Hall, Richmond, Kentucky 251 / 77 20 1967
24 Louisville Metro Housing Authority Avenue Plaza Apartments 250 / 76 18 1974
25 Heyburn Building, Louisville 250 / 76 17 1927 Tallest Building in Kentucky, 1927-1955
26 Patterson Office Tower, Lexington 249 / 76 20 1969
27 (Tie) Blanton House Apartments, Louisville 246 / 75 20 1972
27 (Tie) Hyatt Regency Hotel, Louisville 246 / 75 18 1978
27 (Tie) Dosker Manor East, Louisville Metro Housing Authority, Louisville 246 / 75 18 1968
27 (Tie) Dosker Manor West, Louisville Metro Housing Authority, Louisville 246 / 75 18 1968
28 Hilton Lexington/Downtown, Lexington 240 / 73 22 1978
29 SouthShore Tower 1, Newport 238 / 73 21 2008
30 Kentucky Home Life Building, Louisville 235 / 72 19 1912 Tallest building in Kentucky, 1912-1927
31 Kentucky State Capitol, Frankfort 210 / 64 3 1910 Tallest building in Kentucky, 1910-1912
32 Keene Hall, Richmond, Kentucky 204 / 62 16 1969
33 Kentucky Towers Apartments, Louisville 202 / 61 19 1925
34 Starks Building, Louisville 202 / 61 14 1913
35 River View Place, Louisville 201 / 61 19 1925
36 (Tie) Marriott Hotel Louisville 200 / 61 17 2005
36 (Tie) Fayette National Bank Building, Lexington 200 / 61 15 1914
36 (Tie) Bank One Plaza, Lexington 200 / 61 14 1973
37 Kaden Tower, Louisville 196 / 60 15 1966
38 Roosevelt House, Owensboro 195 / 59 18 1973
39 Hyatt Regency Hotel, Lexington 190 / 58 17 1977
40 (Tie) Waterside Building, Louisville 184 / 56 11 1923
40 (Tie) BellSouth Building, Louisville 184 / 56 10 1930
41 Mother of God Roman Catholic Church, Covington 180 / 55 1 1871 Tallest building in Kentucky, 1871-1910
42 State Office Building, Frankfort 179 / 55 11 193?
43 Cartmell Hall, Morehead 178 / 54 16 1969
44 Jackson House, Paducah 175 / 53 19 1973
45 Preston Pointe, Louisville 171 / 52 8 2004
46 Telford Hall, Richmond 165 / 50 13 1969
47 Brown Hotel, Louisville 164 / 50 16 1923
48 (Tie) Bowling Green Tower A, Bowling Green 163 / 50 15 1970
48 (Tie) Bowling Green Tower B, Bowling Green 163 / 50 15 1970
49 Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, Owensboro 157 / 48 9 2013
50 Greek Towers (Todd and Dupree Halls), Richmond 147 / 45 11 1964
51 (Tie) US Bank Building, Paducah 141 / 43 9 1911
51 (Tie) Walters Hall, Richmond 141 / 43 11 1967
52 Draper Hall, Berea, Kentucky 140 / 43 3 1937 Modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Draper Hall Tower also holds the largest Carillon in Kentucky with a total of 56 bells the largest bell weighs 2,750 lbs.

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

Name City Years as tallest Height
ft / m
Floors Reference
400 West Market Louisville 1993-present 549-foot (167 m) 35 [1]
National City Tower Louisville 1972-1993 512-foot (156 m) 40 [1]
PNC Plaza Louisville 1971-1972 420-foot (128 m) 30 [1]
Capital Plaza Office Tower, Frankfort Frankfort 1963-1971 338-foot (103 m) 28 [1]
Commonwealth Building Louisville 1955-1963 255-foot (78 m) 21 [1]
Heyburn Building Louisville 1928-1955 250-foot (76 m) 17 [1]
Kentucky Home Life Building Louisville 1912-1927 235-foot (72 m) 19 [1]
Kentucky State Capitol Frankfort 1910-1912 210-foot (64 m) 3 [2]
Mother of God Roman Catholic Church Covington 1871-1910 180-foot (55 m) 1 [3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Tallest Existing Structures in Louisville Emporis.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-15
  2. ^ Kentucky State Capitol Emporis.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-15
  3. ^ Mother of God Catholic Church Emporis.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-15