List of tallest buildings in New Orleans

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Skyline of the Central Business District of New Orleans

The city of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, is the site of 106 completed high-rises,[1] 36 of which stand taller than 250 feet (76 m). The tallest building in the city is One Shell Square, which rises 697 feet (212 m) in the New Orleans Central Business District and was completed in 1972.[2] It also stands as the tallest building in the state of Louisiana. The second-tallest skyscraper in the city is Place St. Charles, which rises 645 feet (197 m).[3] Nine of the ten tallest buildings in Louisiana are located in New Orleans.

The history of skyscrapers in New Orleans began with the construction of the Hennan Building in 1895; this building, rising 158 feet (48 m),[4] is often regarded as the first skyscraper in New Orleans.[5] The 20-story Hibernia Bank Building, constructed in 1921 at a height of 211 feet (64 m), held the title of the tallest in New Orleans for 44 years.[6] But, for most of the 20th century, the skyline of New Orleans consisted of only low and mid-rise structures. The soft soils of New Orleans are susceptible to subsidence,[7] and there was doubt about the feasibility of constructing large high-rises in such an environment. This trend was broken with the construction of the World Trade Center in 1967. The Plaza Tower, completed in 1969, was the first building to exceed 500 feet (152 m).[8][9] Shortly thereafter, One Shell Square took its place as the city's tallest building in 1972.[2] The oil boom of the late 1970s and early 1980s led to more construction of high-rises in New Orleans, with the completion of 17 of the city's 40 tallest buildings. Today, the high-rises of New Orleans are clustered along Canal Street and Poydras Street in the Central Business District. Poydras Street in particular has emerged as the city's principal high-rise corridor.

As New Orleans continues to recover from Hurricane Katrina, various projects have been proposed but increasing material and labor costs have eliminated some.[10][11] The tallest tower approved for construction in the city is Trump International Hotel & Tower; upon completion it would become the tallest building in New Orleans at a height of 842 feet (257 m), but construction has been delayed.[12] Phase 3 of Canal Place is another skyscraper proposed for construction in the city. In addition, while not new constructions, many of the older buildings in the central business district are undergoing renovations to condominium, apartment and hotel towers; these projects include the National American Bank Building.[10]

Skyline of New Orleans with the Mississippi River in the foreground

Tallest buildings[edit]

One Shell Square, the tallest building in New Orleans and Louisiana
Place St. Charles, the city's 2nd-tallest building
Plaza Tower, the 3rd-tallest building in New Orleans
First Bank and Trust Tower, the 5th-tallest building in the city
The Sheraton New Orleans, the city's 6th-tallest building
Charity Hospital, the 28th-tallest building in the city
The Louisiana Superdome, the 32nd-tallest structure in New Orleans

This lists ranks New Orleans skyscrapers that stand at least 250 feet (76 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 Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Notes
1 One Shell Square 697 (212) 51 1972 Has been the tallest building in New Orleans and Louisiana since 1972; tallest building in the Southeastern United States at the time of its completion; first Southeastern skyscraper to rise higher than 656 feet (200 m); tallest building constructed in the city in the 1970s[2][13]
2 Place St. Charles 645 (197) 52 1984 Has more floors than any other building in the city; tallest building constructed in New Orleans in the 1980s[3][14]
3 Plaza Tower 531 (162) 45 1969 Tallest building constructed in the city in the 1960s; since 2002 the tallest unused building in the city.[9][15]
4 Energy Centre 530 (162) 39 1984 [16][17]
5 First Bank and Trust Tower 481 (147) 36 1987 [18][19]
6 Sheraton New Orleans 490 (146) 49 1985 Tallest building used exclusively as a hotel in New Orleans[20][21]
7 New Orleans Marriott 449 (137) 42 1972 Tallest building on the downriver side of Canal Street[22][23]
8 Texaco Center 442 (135) 32 1983 [24][25]
9 One Canal Place 440 (134) 32 1979 [26][27]
10 1010 Common 438 (134) 31 1970 [28][29]
11 World Trade Center New Orleans 407 (124) 33 1967 [8][30]
12 Benson Tower 406 (124) 26 1989 [31][32]
13 225 Baronne Street 362 (110) 29 1965 [33][34][35]
14 Hyatt Regency New Orleans 361 (110) 27 1976 [36][36]
15 Entergy Tower 360 (110) 28 1983 [37][38]
16 Hibernia Bank Building 355 (108) 20 1921 Tallest building constructed in New Orleans in the 1920s[6][39]
17 1250 Poydras Plaza 342 (104) 24 1979 [40][41]
18 1515 Poydras 341 (104) 29 1984 [42][43]
18 Hilton New Orleans Riverside 341 (104) 29 1977 [44][45]
20 JW Marriott Hotel New Orleans 331 (101) 30 1984 [46][47]
21 National American Bank Building 330 (101) 23 1929 [48][49]
22 Harrah's New Orleans - Poydras Street Hotel 327 (100) 26 2006 [50][51]
23 Pan American Life Center 322 (98) 28 1980 [52][52]
24 The Westin New Orleans Canal Place 318 (97) 29 1983 [53][54]
25 Poydras Center 300 (91) 27 1983 [55][56]
26 Tidewater Building 288 (88) 24 1971 [57][58]
27 930 Poydras 285 (87) 21 2010 Most recently completed skyscraper in the city.[59][60][61]
28 Amoco Building 280 (85) 20 1977 [62][63]
29 Charity Hospital 279 (85) 20 1939 Tallest building constructed in the city in the 1930s; tallest hospital in New Orleans[64][65]
29 W New Orleans 279 (85) 23 1984 [66][67]
31 Freeport McMoRan Building 276 (84) 23 1984 [68][69]
31 Loews New Orleans Hotel 276 (84) 22 1972 [70][71]
33 Louisiana Superdome 273 (83) 1972 [72][73]
34 1555 Poydras 262 (80) 22 1984 [74][75]
35 Windsor Court Hotel 253 (77) 22 1984 [76][77]
36 First National Bank of Commerce Building 252 (77) 19 1927 [78][79]

Tallest under construction, approved and proposed[edit]

This lists buildings that are under construction, approved for construction or proposed for construction in New Orleans and are planned to rise at least 250 feet (76 m), but are not yet completed structures. Under construction buildings that have already been topped out are also included.

Name Height*
ft (m)
Floors* Year*
(est.)
Status Notes
Trump International Hotel & Tower 842 (257) 69 Dead Would have stood as the tallest building in New Orleans and Louisiana upon completion; the project was ultimately declared dead. [12][80]
Parc at Rampart 30 Proposed [35][81]
Commerce at Girod Condo Tower 367 (112) 28 Dead [82]
Three Canal Place 340 (104) Proposed [83][84][85]
Tracage 288 (88) 24 2009 Under construction Under construction.[86]
Royal Cosmopolitan 268 (82) 26 2009 Approved [87][88]

* Table entries with dashes (—) indicate that information regarding building heights, floor counts, or dates of completion has not yet been released.

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans stood as the tallest building in the city from 1907 until 1921.

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in New Orleans as well as the current titleholder, One Shell Square.

Name Street address Years as tallest Height
ft (m)
Floors Reference
Best Western St. Christopher Hotel 114 Magazine Street 1893–1895 117 (36) 8 [89]
Hennen Building 203 Carondelet Street 1895–1904 158 (48) 11 [4]
Hampton Inn New Orleans Downtown 226 Carondelet Street 1904–1907 190 (58) 13 [90]
The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans 123 Baronne Street 1907–1921 211 (64) 15 [91]
Hibernia Bank Building 812 Gravier Street 1921–1965 355 (108) 20 [6]
225 Baronne Street 225 Baronne Street 1965–1967 362 (110) 29 [33]
World Trade Center New Orleans 2 Canal Street 1967–1969 407 (124) 33 [8]
Plaza Tower 1001 Howard Avenue 1969–1972 531 (162) 45 [9]
One Shell Square 701 Poydras Street 1972–present 697 (212) 51 [2]

Tallest buildings in suburban communities of New Orleans[edit]

Skyline of Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans

This list ranks buildings in the suburban municipalities of New Orleans that stand at least 190 feet (58 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. A few high-rise buildings are located in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, Louisiana, an unincorporated area of Jefferson Parish.

Rank Name Location Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Notes
1 Three Lakeway Center Metairie 403 (123) 34 1987 Tallest building in Metairie and Jefferson Parish. Tallest building in Louisiana outside of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.[92][93]
2 The Galleria Metairie 269 (82) 21 1986 [94][95]
3 Two Lakeway Center Metairie 259 (79) 19 1983 [96][97]
4 Heritage Plaza Metairie 245 (75) 18 1983 [98]
5 Executive Tower One Metairie 204 (62) 14 1972 [99][100]
6 One Lakeway Center Metairie 193 (59) 14 1982 [101][102]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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