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.[8] The Plaza Tower, completed in 1969, was the first building to exceed 500 feet (152 m).[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 was Trump International Hotel & Tower; upon completion it would have become the tallest building in New Orleans at a height of 842 feet (257 m), but construction was delayed and eventually cancelled in 2011.[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]

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 Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Notes
1 One Shell Square CBD11Oct07OneShellSqFromPoydrasBack.jpg 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 CBD11Oct07PlaceStChasFromPoydrasBack.jpg 645 (197) 53 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 CBD11Oct07PlazaTower.jpg 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 (160) 39 1984 [16][17]
5 First Bank and Trust Tower FirstBankTrustSpanishWarStatueOct07.jpg 481 (147) 36 1987 [18][19]
6 Sheraton New Orleans Sheraton New Orleans.JPG 479 (146) 48 1982 Tallest building used exclusively as a hotel in New Orleans[20][21]
7 New Orleans Marriott Vxla-us-la-neworleans-frenchquarter-hotel-marriott.jpg 449 (137) 42 1972 Tallest building on the downriver side of Canal Street[22][23]
8 400 Poydras Tower 442 (135) 32 1983 [24][25]
9 One Canal Place AquariumOfAmericasFromRiver3May07.jpg 440 (130) 32 1979 [26][27]
10 1010 Common OrpheumHighrise3Oct07.jpg 438 (134) 31 1970 [28][29]
11 2 Canal Street SpanishPlazariverfrontAp07ITM.jpg 407 (124) 33 1967 [8][30]
12 Benson Tower Benson Tower Sept 2009 NOLA.JPG 406 (124) 26 1989 [31][32]
13 JW Marriott Hotel New Orleans LeMeridieneHotelNOLASept2009.jpg 386 (118) 30 1984 [33][34]
14 The Westin New Orleans Canal Place AquariumOfAmericasFromRiver3May07.jpg 373 (114) 29 1983 [35][36]
15 225 Baronne Street 225 Baronne Street, cropped.jpg 362 (110) 29 1965 [37][38][39]
16 Hyatt Regency New Orleans 361 (110) 27 1976 [40][41]
17 Entergy Tower Entergy Tower, cropped.jpg 360 (110) 28 1983 [42][43]
18 Hibernia Bank Building CBD11Oct07HiberniaCarondeletStCar1.jpg 355 (108) 20 1921 Tallest building constructed in New Orleans in the 1920s[6][44]
19 1250 Poydras Plaza 342 (104) 24 1979 [45][46]
20= Hilton New Orleans Riverside HiltonRiversideHolga2007.jpg 341 (104) 29 1977 [47][48]
20= 1515 Poydras 341 (104) 29 1984 [49][50]
22 National American Bank Building CarondeletCanyonBanksUpwardsNOLA.JPG 330 (100) 23 1929 [51][52]
23 Harrah's New Orleans - Poydras Street Hotel HarrahsNOLAJan07B.jpg 327 (100) 26 2006 Tallest building constructed in the city in the 2000s[53][54]
24 Pan American Life Center St Charles Ave CBD Poydras.JPG 322 (98) 27 1980 [55][56]
25 Poydras Center 300 (91) 28 1983 [57][58]
26 1440 Canal 288 (88) 21 1972 [59][60]
27 Orleans Tower 280 (85) 20 1977 [61][62]
28= Charity Hospital Charity1.jpg 279 (85) 20 1939 Tallest building constructed in the city in the 1930s; tallest hospital in New Orleans[63][64]
28= Le Méridien New Orleans 2008-01-05 W New Orleans2.jpg 279 (85) 23 1984 [65][66]
30= Loews New Orleans Hotel 276 (84) 22 1972 [67][68]
30= Freeport McMoRan Building 276 (84) 23 1984 [69][70]
32 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Superdome from Garage.jpg 273 (83) 1972 [71][72][73]
33 930 Poydras 270 (82) 21 2010 Tallest building constructed in the city in the 2010s; most recently completed skyscraper in the city.[74][75][76]
34 1555 Poydras 262 (80) 22 1984 [77][78]
35 Windsor Court Hotel 253 (77) 22 1984 [79][80]
36 First National Bank of Commerce Building 252 (77) 19 1927 [81][82]

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][83]
Parc at Rampart 30 Proposed [39][84]
Commerce at Girod Condo Tower 367 (112) 28 Dead [85]
Three Canal Place 340 (100) Proposed [86][87][88]
Tracage 288 (88) 24 2015 Under construction Under construction.[89][90]
Royal Cosmopolitan 268 (82) 26 Dead Despite the project getting approved, plans for the Royal Cosmopolitan to be completed in 2009 were delayed and eventually cancelled in 2011.[91][92][93]

* 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 [94]
Hennen Building 203 Carondelet Street 1895–1904 158 (48) 11 [4][95]
Hampton Inn New Orleans Downtown 226 Carondelet Street 1904–1907 190 (58) 13 [96]
The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans 123 Baronne Street 1907–1921 211 (64) 15 [97][98]
Hibernia Bank Building 812 Gravier Street 1921–1965 355 (108) 20 [6][44]
225 Baronne Street 225 Baronne Street 1965–1967 362 (110) 29 [37][38]
World Trade Center New Orleans 2 Canal Street 1967–1969 407 (124) 33 [8][30]
Plaza Tower 1001 Howard Avenue 1969–1972 531 (162) 45 [9][15]
One Shell Square 701 Poydras Street 1972–present 697 (212) 51 [2][13]

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.[99][100]
2 The Galleria Metairie 269 (82) 21 1986 [101][102]
3 Two Lakeway Center Metairie 259 (79) 19 1983 [103][104]
4 Heritage Plaza Metairie 245 (75) 18 1983 [105][106]
5 Executive Tower One Metairie 204 (62) 14 1972 [107][108][109]
6 One Lakeway Center Metairie 193 (59) 14 1982 [110][111]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Orleans". Emporis.com. 
  2. ^ a b c d One Shell Square at SkyscraperPage
  3. ^ a b Place St. Charles at SkyscraperPage
  4. ^ a b Latter & Blum Building at SkyscraperPage
  5. ^ "Central Business District Neighborhood Snapshot". Greater New Orleans Nonprofit Knowledge Works. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  6. ^ a b c Hibernia Bank Building at SkyscraperPage
  7. ^ Steedman, Dr. Scott. "Investigating New Orleans". Ingenia Online. The Royal Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  8. ^ a b c World Trade Center New Orleans at SkyscraperPage
  9. ^ a b c Crescent City Residences at SkyscraperPage
  10. ^ a b Thomas, Greg (2006-06-11). "Post-Katrina New Orleans Welcoming High-Rises". FacilityBlog. Times-Picayune Publishing Company. Archived from the original on 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  11. ^ "Life After Katrina: Reflecting, Rebuilding Continue on the Gulf Coast". EconSouth (First Quarter 2006). Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  12. ^ a b "Trump International Hotel & Tower New Orleans". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  13. ^ a b One Shell Square at Emporis
  14. ^ Capital One Tower at Emporis
  15. ^ a b Plaza Tower at Emporis
  16. ^ Energy Centre at SkyscraperPage
  17. ^ Energy Centre at Emporis
  18. ^ LL&E Tower at SkyscraperPage
  19. ^ First Bank & Trust Tower at Emporis
  20. ^ Sheraton New Orleans at SkyscraperPage
  21. ^ Sheraton New Orleans at Emporis
  22. ^ New Orleans Marriott at SkyscraperPage
  23. ^ New Orleans Marriott at Emporis
  24. ^ Texaco Center at SkyscraperPage
  25. ^ Texaco Center at Emporis
  26. ^ One Canal Place at SkyscraperPage
  27. ^ One Canal Place at Emporis
  28. ^ 1010 Common at SkyscraperPage
  29. ^ 1010 Common at Emporis
  30. ^ a b World Trade Center New Orleans at Emporis
  31. ^ Benson Tower at SkyscraperPage
  32. ^ Benson Tower at Emporis
  33. ^ JW Marriott Hotel New Orleans at SkyscraperPage
  34. ^ JW Marriott Hotel New Orleans at Emporis
  35. ^ Wyndham New Orleans at SkyscraperPage
  36. ^ The Westin New Orleans Canal Place at Emporis
  37. ^ a b 225 Baronne Street at SkyscraperPage
  38. ^ a b 225 Baronne Street at Emporis
  39. ^ a b "Downtown office buildings to be converted into apartments, retail space". The Times-Picayune. 2007-09-07. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  40. ^ Hyatt Regency New Orleans at SkyscraperPage
  41. ^ Hyatt Regency New Orleans at Emporis
  42. ^ Entergy Tower at SkyscraperPage
  43. ^ Entergy Tower at Emporis
  44. ^ a b Capital One Bank Building at Emporis
  45. ^ 1250 Poydras Plaza at SkyscraperPage
  46. ^ 1250 Poydras Plaza at Emporis
  47. ^ Hilton New Orleans Riverside at SkyscraperPage
  48. ^ Hilton New Orleans Riverside at Emporis
  49. ^ 1515 Poydras at SkyscraperPage
  50. ^ 1515 Poydras at Emporis
  51. ^ National American Bank Building at SkyscraperPage
  52. ^ 200 Carondelet at Emporis
  53. ^ Harrah's New Orleans - Poydras Street Hotel at SkyscraperPage
  54. ^ Harrah's New Orleans - Poydras Street Hotel at Emporis
  55. ^ Pan American Life Building at SkyscraperPage
  56. ^ Pan American Life Center at Emporis
  57. ^ Poydras Center at SkyscraperPage
  58. ^ Poydras Center at Emporis
  59. ^ 1440 Canal at SkyscraperPage
  60. ^ 1440 Canal at Emporis
  61. ^ Amoco Building at SkyscraperPage
  62. ^ Amoco Building at Emporis
  63. ^ Medical Center of Louisiana Charity Hospital at SkyscraperPage
  64. ^ Medical Center of Louisiana Charity Hospital at Emporis
  65. ^ W New Orleans at SkyscraperPage
  66. ^ W New Orleans at Emporis
  67. ^ Loews New Orleans Hotel at SkyscraperPage
  68. ^ Loews New Orleans Hotel at Emporis
  69. ^ Freeport McMoRan Building at SkyscraperPage
  70. ^ Freeport McMoRan Building at Emporis
  71. ^ "Louisiana Superdome". SMG. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  72. ^ Louisiana Superdome at SkyscraperPage
  73. ^ Mercedes-Benz Superdome at Emporis
  74. ^ 930 Poydras at SkyscraperPage
  75. ^ 930 Poydras at Emporis
  76. ^ "New apartment building taking shape in central business district". Nola.com. July 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  77. ^ 1555 Poydras Street at SkyscraperPage
  78. ^ 1555 Poydras Street at Emporis
  79. ^ Windsor Court Hotel at SkyscraperPage
  80. ^ Windsor Court Hotel at Emporis
  81. ^ First National Bank of Commerce Building at SkyscraperPage
  82. ^ First National Bank of Commerce Building at Emporis
  83. ^ Christian Moises (2007-12-07). "Trump’s N.O. tower on track". New Orleans CityBusiness. Retrieved 2007-12-09. [dead link]
  84. ^ "Development Projects". Apartment Development Services, Ltd. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  85. ^ "Commerce at Girod Condo Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  86. ^ Three Canal Place at Emporis
  87. ^ "The Berger Company, Inc.". Darryl Berger. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  88. ^ "Canal Place hotel proposed". The Times-Picayune. 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  89. ^ Tracage at SkyscraperPage
  90. ^ Tracage at Emporis
  91. ^ Royal Cosmopolitan at Emporis
  92. ^ "New Orleans Developers Announce Plans for Royal Cosmopolitan, Louisiana's First Condominium Hotel". New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  93. ^ http://www.emporis.com/building/royal-cosmopolitan-new-orleans-la-usa
  94. ^ Best Western St. Christopher Hotel at Emporis
  95. ^ Latter & Blum Building at Emporis
  96. ^ Hampton Inn New Orleans Downtown at Emporis
  97. ^ The Fairmont New Orleans at SkyscraperPage
  98. ^ Waldorf-Astoria New Orleans at Emporis
  99. ^ Three Lakeway Center at SkyscraperPage
  100. ^ Three Lakeway Center at Emporis
  101. ^ The Galleria at SkyscraperPage
  102. ^ The Galleria at Emporis
  103. ^ Two Lakeway Center at SkyscraperPage
  104. ^ Two Lakeway Center at Emporis
  105. ^ Heritage Plaza at SkyscraperPage
  106. ^ Heritage Plaza at Emporis
  107. ^ Executive Tower I at SkyscraperPage
  108. ^ Executive Tower I at Emporis
  109. ^ "Executive Office Tower". Loopnet.com. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  110. ^ One Lakeway Center at SkyscraperPage
  111. ^ One Lakeway Center at Emporis