List of tallest buildings in Mobile

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Skyline of a city, showing many tall buildings of varying heights in the background; A cluster of low-rise buildings and a small park are visible in the foreground.
Skyline of Mobile from Fort Conde

The U.S. city of Mobile, Alabama is the site of 15 high-rises,[1] all of which stand taller than 100 feet (30 m). The tallest building in the city is the 35-story RSA Battle House Tower, completed in 2007, which is 745 feet (227 m) tall.[2] The tower is also the tallest building in the U.S. state of Alabama[2] and the 62nd tallest in the United States. Mobile's second-tallest skyscraper, the RSA–BankTrust Building, rises 424 feet (129 m) and stood as the tallest structure in the city for over forty years.[3] Overall, four of the ten tallest buildings in Alabama are located in Mobile.[4] The city has more skyscrapers than any other city in Alabama besides Birmingham.[5]

The history of high-rises in Mobile began with the completion of the 11-story Van Antwerp Building in 1907. The structure, often regarded as the first skyscraper in the city and the state,[6] stood as the tallest building in the city until 1929, when the 236 feet (72 m) Regions Bank Building took its place. Upon its completion in 1965, the RSA–BankTrust Building surpassed the height of the Regions Bank Building and became the tallest building in Alabama.[3] It held this title until 1986, when the 454-foot (138 m) SouthTrust Tower was completed in Birmingham,[7] but remained the tallest building in Mobile until the 2006 topping out of the RSA Battle House Tower.[2][3]

As of August 2009, there are no high-rises under construction or proposed for construction in Mobile.[1] A residential condominium project, Water Street Landing, was originally proposed in 2007 as a three-tower complex to be constructed on the Mobile River; the $45 million (USD) development was later canceled due to lack of funding.[8] While the city of Mobile itself is not the location of any new high-rise developments, Orange Beach, a satellite city in the Mobile–Daphne–Fairhope combined statistical area, is the site of several construction proposals. One such proposal is the Mandalay Beach development, which includes two-twin residential towers that are planned to rise 374 feet (114 m) and 36 stories each.[9][10]

Panoramic view of a city's skyline; in the foreground, a large river and port facilities are present. In the distance, there is a city skyline with several skyscrapers of varying heights.
Panorama of Mobile's skyline from the Mobile River; high-rises present in the image are, from left to right, the Lafayette Plaza Hotel, Mobile Government Plaza, the Wachovia Building, the Regions Bank Building, the RSA–BankTrust Building, the Van Antwerp Building, the Commerce Building, the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, and the RSA Battle House Tower

Tallest buildings[edit]

This lists ranks Mobile high-rises that stand at least 100 feet (30 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 Coordinates Notes
01.01 RSA Battle House Tower Distant ground-level view of a 40-story building with a square cross section; the tower has a mostly glass facade and has a light blue color. On the roof there is large, latticework structure that tapers into a spire. 745 (227) 35 2007 30°41′35.22″N 88°2′22.83″W / 30.6931167°N 88.0396750°W / 30.6931167; -88.0396750 (RSA Battle House Tower)
02.02 RSA–BankTrust Building Elevated view of a 35-story skyscraper with a rectangular cross section; the lateral side of the building has a windowless, concrete facade, whereas the anterior side has an almost complete glass facade that is light gray in color. A concrete shaft extends up the anterior side and projects beyond the roofline of the building. An antenna mast extends from the building's roof. 424 (129) 34 1965 30°41′34.16″N 88°2′28.86″W / 30.6928222°N 88.0413500°W / 30.6928222; -88.0413500 (RSA-BankTrust Building)
  • An antenna on the RSA–BankTrust Building's roof increases its pinnacle height to 489 feet (149 m).
  • 4th-tallest building in Alabama
  • Tallest building in Mobile from 1965 until 2007[3][12]
03.03 Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel Ground-level view of a 30-story building with a square cross section and a dark glass facade; on the roof there is large, white, latticework structure that tapers into a spire. 374 (114) 28 1983 30°41′30.24″N 88°2′22.19″W / 30.6917333°N 88.0394972°W / 30.6917333; -88.0394972 (Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel)
  • Previously known as Adam's Mark Hotel
  • Tallest hotel in the city and the state
  • 8th-tallest building in Alabama
  • The building previously had a structural height of 277 feet (84 m); a 2007 renovation increased the building's architectural height to 374 feet (114 m) with the addition of a spire.[4][13][14]
04.04= Mobile Government Plaza Ground-level view of a 12-story building and 9-story building, connected by an arched glass atrium; the facade is tan with dark blue glass windows. The roofline of the building is curved at several points, and two twin spires extend from the roof on the anterior side of the building. 325 (99) 12 1994 30°41′21.65″N 88°2′32.49″W / 30.6893472°N 88.0423583°W / 30.6893472; -88.0423583 (Mobile Government Plaza)
  • 10th-tallest building in Alabama[15][16]
05.04= Mobile Marriott Ground-level view of a 20-story building with a tan stucco facade. 325 (99) 20 1979 30°40′33.66″N 88°7′6.17″W / 30.6760167°N 88.1183806°W / 30.6760167; -88.1183806 (Mobile Marriott) [17][18]
06.06 Regions Bank Building Ground-level view of a 20-story building with a tan brick facade; the roof of the structure is a silver pyramid that tapers into a flagpole. 236 (72)[A] 18 1929 30°41′35.01″N 88°2′31.68″W / 30.6930583°N 88.0421333°W / 30.6930583; -88.0421333 (Regions Bank Building)
  • Tallest building in Mobile from 1929 until 1965[19][20]
07.07 Wachovia Building Ground-level view of a 20-story building with a dark brown facade; a setback is present near the roofline of the building. Dark windows are visible on the anterior side of the structure. 230 (70) 16 1947 30°41′35.2″N 88°2′32.51″W / 30.693111°N 88.0423639°W / 30.693111; -88.0423639 (Wachovia Building)
  • Also known as the Southtrust Bank Building[21][22]
08.08 Lafayette Plaza Hotel Ground-level view of a 17-story building with a tan stucco facade. 180 (55) 17 1975 30°41′18.78″N 88°2′38.61″W / 30.6885500°N 88.0440583°W / 30.6885500; -88.0440583 (Lafayette Plaza Hotel) [23][24][25]
09.09 Providence Hospital Ground-level view of an 11-story hospital building with a white facade. 170 (52) 11 1987 30°40′45″N 88°11′56″W / 30.67917°N 88.19889°W / 30.67917; -88.19889 (Providence Hospital) [23][26]
10.010 Commerce Building Ground-level view of a 12-story building with a beige facade. 160 (49) 12 1958 30°41′40″N 88°2′29″W / 30.69444°N 88.04139°W / 30.69444; -88.04139 (Commerce Building) [27][28][29]
11.011 Radisson Admiral Semmes Hotel Ground-level view of a 12-story building with a red brick facade. 136 (42) 12 1940 30°41′20.47″N 88°2′35.6″W / 30.6890194°N 88.043222°W / 30.6890194; -88.043222 (Radisson Admiral Semmes Hotel) [30]
12.012 Van Antwerp Building View of the Van Antwerp building 120 (37) 11 1907 30°41′31.9″N 88°2′27.32″W / 30.692194°N 88.0409222°W / 30.692194; -88.0409222 (Van Antwerp Building)
  • Tallest building in Mobile from 1907 until 1929[23][31][32]
13.013 Battle House Hotel Ground-level view of a 10-story building with a square cross section; the anterior side has a brick facade, while the lateral side is composed of concrete and is windowless. 119 (36) 7 1908 30°41′34.83″N 88°2′27.53″W / 30.6930083°N 88.0409806°W / 30.6930083; -88.0409806 (Battle House Hotel) [33][34]
14.014 Royal St. Francis Building Ground-level view of an 8-story building with a tan brick facade. 115 (35) 7 1908 30°41′35.82″N 88°2′29.04″W / 30.6932833°N 88.0414000°W / 30.6932833; -88.0414000 (Royal St. Francis Building) [35][36]
15.015 Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Ground-level view of church with an orange facade and a large portico; two twin bell towers extend from both sides of the building. 102 (31) 2 1850 30°41′24″N 88°02′45″W / 30.69000°N 88.04583°W / 30.69000; -88.04583 (Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception)
  • Tallest building in Mobile from 1850 until 1907[37]

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This table lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Mobile as well as the current titleholder, the RSA Battle House Tower.

Name Image Street address Years as tallest Height
ft (m)
Floors Coordinates Reference
Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Black-and-white photograph of a large church with a portico; two twin bell towers extend from both sides of the building. 400 Government Street 1850–1907 102 (31) 2 30°41′24″N 88°02′45″W / 30.69000°N 88.04583°W / 30.69000; -88.04583 (Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception) [37]
Van Antwerp Building Ground-level view of a 10-story building with a rectangular cross section and a gray brick facade 103 Dauphin Street 1907–1929 120 (37)[A] 11 30°41′31.9″N 88°2′27.32″W / 30.692194°N 88.0409222°W / 30.692194; -88.0409222 (Van Antwerp Building) [31]
Regions Bank Building Ground-level view of a 20-story building with a tan brick facade; the roof of the structure is a silver pyramid that tapers into a flagpole. 56 Saint Joseph Street 1929–1965 236 (72)[A] 18 30°41′35.01″N 88°2′31.68″W / 30.6930583°N 88.0421333°W / 30.6930583; -88.0421333 (Regions Bank Building) [20]
RSA–BankTrust Building Distant ground-level view of a 35-story skyscraper with a rectangular cross section; the lateral side of the building has a concrete facade, whereas the anterior side has an almost complete glass facade that is light gray in color. A concrete shaft extends up the anterior side and projects beyond the roofline of the building. An antenna mast extends from the building's roof. 107 Saint Francis Street 1965–2006 424 (129) 34 30°41′34.16″N 88°2′28.86″W / 30.6928222°N 88.0413500°W / 30.6928222; -88.0413500 (RSA–BankTrust Building) [12]
RSA Battle House Tower Ground-level view of a 40-story skyscraper with a tan facade and dark blue windows; a partially visible spire extends from the building's roof. 11 North Water Street 2006–present 745 (227) 35 30°41′35.22″N 88°2′22.83″W / 30.6931167°N 88.0396750°W / 30.6931167; -88.0396750 (RSA Battle House Tower) [11]

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Notes[edit]

A. ^ a b This height is an estimate based on a diagram of the Regions Bank Building; official height figures have not been released by this building's developer.

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "Wachovia Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  8. ^ "Water Street Landing". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
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  14. ^ "Adam's Mark Hotel". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
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  26. ^ "Providence Hospital". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  27. ^ "Commerce Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
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  33. ^ "Battle House Hotel". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  34. ^ "Battle House Hotel". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  35. ^ "Royal St. Francis Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  36. ^ "Royal St. Francis Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  37. ^ a b "Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 

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