List of tallest buildings in Memphis

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Skyline of Memphis

This list of tallest buildings in Memphis ranks completed buildings by height in the U.S. city of Memphis, Tennessee, the 20th largest city in the United States. The tallest building is the 100 North Main building at 430 ft (131m), built in 1965. The Sterick Building, 364 ft (111m) was the tallest building in the Southern United States when built in 1930, holding that title until 1957 when surpassed by the Life & Casualty Tower in Nashville.[1] The first skyscraper built in Memphis was the Dr. D.T. Porter Building, 131 ft (40m), in 1895.[2]

Unlike many other downtowns in the Sun Belt, Memphis did not experience the high-rise building booms of the late 1980s or early 2000s. Only four buildings over 100m have been built in downtown Memphis since World War II: 100 North Main, Morgan Keegan Tower, One Commerce Square, and First Tennessee Bank Building.[3] This has resulted in a smaller, more historic skyline compared to other nearby cities of similar age and population (compare to Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas/Fort Worth, or St. Louis). Three of the tallest in the city are located in the upscale neighborhood of East Memphis: the Clark Tower, the Hilton Memphis, and the White Station Tower. Though many have been proposed, no high-rise buildings have been completed in the 21st century. The Horizon, a 16-story (201 ft, 61m) residential tower on the south end of downtown Memphis, was topped-out in 2009 but remains unfinished and uninhabitable as of 2012.[4]

Tallest Buildings[edit]

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Use Notes
1 100 North Main 430 (131) 37 1965 Mixed-Use Tallest building since 1965. Tallest in Tennessee from 1965-1970.
2 Raymond James Tower 403 (123) 21 1985 Offices Includes the spire atop the building
3 Clark Tower 403 (122) 34 1971 Offices Tallest building outside of downtown.
4 One Commerce Square 396 (121) 31 1973 Offices
5 Sterick Building 365 (111) 29 1930 Unused Tallest building from 1930-1965. Tallest building in Tennessee and the Southern United States from 1930-1957. Listed on NRHP.
6 First Tennessee Building 332 (101) 25 1964 Offices
7 Hilton Memphis 329 (100) 27 1975 Hotel Tallest hotel.
8 The Pyramid 321 (98) 5 1991 Bass Pro Shops megastore 7th-tallest pyramid and largest Bass Pro Shops in the world.
9 99 Tower Place (Renaissance Apartments) 296 (90) 25 1968 Residential Tallest all-residential building.
10 Lincoln American Tower 290 (88) 22 1924 Mixed-Use Tallest building from 1924-1930. Listed on NRHP
11 White Station Tower 274 (85) 22 1965 Offices
12 Exchange Building 264 (80) 19 1910 Residential Tallest building from 1910-1924. Listed on NRHP
13 Sheraton Downtown Memphis Hotel 233 (71) 19 1985 Hotel
14 Madison Hotel 232 (67) 16 1905 Hotel Tallest building from 1905-1910. Listed on NRHP
15 10 Main Apartments 216 (66) 16 1904 Residential Tallest building from 1904-1905. Listed on NRHP

Source:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Finger, Michael (December 4, 1997). "Memphis landmarks that have stood vacant for years, waiting for someone to bring them back to life.". Memphis Flyer (459). 
  2. ^ [1] D.T. Porter Building. Emporis.
  3. ^ a b [2] Emporis.
  4. ^ [3] Commercial Appeal. 6-16-2009.