List of tallest buildings in Oakland, California

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The skyline of a city seen at night from across a lake
Oakland's night skyline viewed from Lake Merritt

The U.S. city of Oakland, California is the site of more than 40 high-rises, the majority of which are located in its downtown district.[1] In the city, there are 21 buildings taller than 200 feet (61 m). The tallest building is the 28-story Ordway Building, which rises 404 feet (123 m).[2]

History[edit]

The history of high-rises in Oakland began with the completion of the nine-story Bank of America Building in 1907. A nine-story section was later added to the same building.[3] It remained the tallest building in the city until 1914, when the Oakland City Hall, at 320 feet (98 m), became the tallest.[4] At the time it was built, the City Hall was the first high-rise government building in the United States and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.[5][6] The 390 feet (119 m) Kaiser Center surpassed the height of the City Hall in 1960, and was the tallest building for a decade.[7] In 1989, Ordway Building became the tallest building in the city.

As of November 2009, Oakland is the site of many high-rise proposals. The largest high-rise development in the city is the proposed 715 feet (218 m) Encinal Tower. If built, the tower would become the first building in Oakland to pass the 500-foot (150 m) threshold, far surpassing Ordway Building as the tallest in the city.[8] It would be the third-tallest in the San Francisco Bay Area, after 555 California Street and the Transamerica Pyramid, both of which are located in San Francisco.[9][10]

Kaiser Center Ordway Building Lake Merritt Plaza Kaiser Engineering Building Clorox Building Tribune Tower Lake Merritt René C. Davidson Courthouse File:Oakland Skyline and Lake Merritt.jpgDaytime skyline of a city behind a lake, showing several tall skyscrapers in the middle of the image, with several low-rises on the left and trees on the right.
Panorama of Oakland's skyline (Some buildings are identifiable using the cursor)

Tallest buildings[edit]

A white building stands before a blue sky with several clouds
Ordway Building is the tallest building in Oakland.
A blue building situates at the end of an empty road behind some trees
Kaiser Center is the second-tallest building in the city.
Sideview of a white tall building behind several other short buildings
Clorox Building is the sixth-tallest building in the city.
A pale yellow building with a clock tower on top stands behind a plaza with a lawn and street light poles
Oakland City Hall was the tallest building in Oakland from 1914 to 1960.
A clock tower on top of a brown building with the word "TRIBUNE" written across it.
The Tribune Tower is the 11th-tallest building in the city.
A white and blue building with a red logo on top stands behind and next to several short buildings.
555 City Center, built in 2002, is the most recent high-rise constructed in the city.
Two brown towers stand behind a blue sky with several clouds, looking from the ground
Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building complex is the seventh tallest along with EM Harris State Office Building.

This lists ranks Oakland buildings that stand at least 200 feet (61 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. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. Table entries with dashes (—) indicate that information regarding building is not known. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed or opened.

Rank Name Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Coordinates Notes
1 Ordway Building 404 (123) 28 1970 37°48′36″N 122°15′51″W / 37.81000°N 122.26417°W / 37.81000; -122.26417 Tallest building in both Oakland and in the Bay Area outside of San Francisco; tallest building constructed in the 1970s[2][11]
2 Kaiser Center 390 (119) 28 1960 37°48′32″N 122°15′52″W / 37.80889°N 122.26444°W / 37.80889; -122.26444 Tallest building constructed in the 1960s[7][12]
3 Lake Merritt Plaza 371 (113) 27 1988 37°48′27″N 122°15′54″W / 37.80750°N 122.26500°W / 37.80750; -122.26500 Tallest building constructed in the 1980s[13][14]
4 1111 Broadway 360 (110) 24 1990 37°48′10″N 122°16′22″W / 37.80278°N 122.27278°W / 37.80278; -122.27278 Tallest building constructed in the 1990s[15][16]
5 Kaiser Engineering Building 336 (102) 25 1984 37°48′21″N 122°15′54″W / 37.80583°N 122.26500°W / 37.80583; -122.26500 [17][18]
6 Clorox Building 330 (101) 24 1976 37°48′12″N 122°16′20″W / 37.80333°N 122.27222°W / 37.80333; -122.27222 [19][20]
7= EM Harris State Office Building 328 (100) 22 1998 37°48′23″N 122°16′24″W / 37.80639°N 122.27333°W / 37.80639; -122.27333 [21][22]
7= Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building South 328 (100) 18 1994 37°48′16″N 122°16′29″W / 37.80444°N 122.27472°W / 37.80444; -122.27472 [23][24]
7= Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building North 328 (100) 18 1994 37°48′18″N 122°16′28″W / 37.80500°N 122.27444°W / 37.80500; -122.27444 [24][25]
10 Oakland City Hall 320 (98) 14 1914 37°48′19″N 122°16′21″W / 37.80528°N 122.27250°W / 37.80528; -122.27250 Tallest building constructed in the 1910s;[4][26] National Register of Historic Places[6]
11 Tribune Tower 310 (94) 22 1906 37°48′11″N 122°16′14″W / 37.80306°N 122.27056°W / 37.80306; -122.27056 Tallest building constructed in the 1920s[27][28]
12 1330 Broadway 297 (91) 21 1956–1959[29] 37°48′14″N 122°16′14″W / 37.80389°N 122.27056°W / 37.80389; -122.27056 [30][31]
13 Pacific Bell Building 296 (90) 20 1985 37°48′37″N 122°15′57″W / 37.81028°N 122.26583°W / 37.81028; -122.26583 [32][33]
14 555 City Center 279 (85) 20 2002 37°48′13″N 122°16′31″W / 37.80361°N 122.27528°W / 37.80361; -122.27528 [34][35]
15 Park Bellevue Tower 270 (82) 25 1969 37°48′28″N 122°15′20″W / 37.80778°N 122.25556°W / 37.80778; -122.25556 [36][37][38]
16 St. Paul's Towers 267 (81) 22 1966 37°48′42″N 122°15′37″W / 37.81167°N 122.26028°W / 37.81167; -122.26028 [39][40]
17 The Grand Apartments 263 (80) 22 2008 37°48′41″N 122°15′53″W / 37.81139°N 122.26472°W / 37.81139; -122.26472 [41][42]
18 Central Building 235 (72) 15 1926 37°48′15″N 122°16′14″W / 37.80417°N 122.27056°W / 37.80417; -122.27056 [43][44]
19 Bank of America Building 225 (69) 18 1907 37°48′10″N 122°16′17″W / 37.80278°N 122.27139°W / 37.80278; -122.27139 Tallest building constructed in the decade of 1900[3][45]
20 Financial Center Building 214 (65) 14 1929 37°48′13″N 122°16′13″W / 37.80361°N 122.27028°W / 37.80361; -122.27028 [46][47]
21 SBC Building 203 (62) 15 37°48′21″N 122°16′08″W / 37.80583°N 122.26889°W / 37.80583; -122.26889 [48]

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

Name Street address Years as tallest Height
ft (m)
Floors Coordinates Notes
Bank of America Building 1200–1212 Broadway 1907–1914 225 (69) 18 37°48′10″N 122°16′17″W / 37.80278°N 122.27139°W / 37.80278; -122.27139 [3]
Oakland City Hall 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza 1914–1960 320 (98) 14 37°48′19″N 122°16′21″W / 37.80528°N 122.27250°W / 37.80528; -122.27250 [4]
Kaiser Center 300 Lakeside Drive 1960–1970 390 (119) 28 37°48′32″N 122°15′52″W / 37.80889°N 122.26444°W / 37.80889; -122.26444 [7]
Ordway Building 2150 Valdez Street 1970–present 404 (123) 28 37°48′36″N 122°15′51″W / 37.81000°N 122.26417°W / 37.81000; -122.26417 [2]

References[edit]

General
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  • "Oakland". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
Specific
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  8. ^ "1930 Broadway". Emporis.com. Retrieved December 25, 2007. 
  9. ^ "555 California Street". Emporis.com. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Transamerica Pyramid". Emporis.com. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
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  12. ^ "Kaiser Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved December 25, 2007. 
  13. ^ "Lake Merritt Plaza". Emporis.com. Retrieved August 18, 2007. 
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  19. ^ "Clorox Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved August 18, 2007. 
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  21. ^ "EM Harris State Office Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved August 18, 2007. 
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  32. ^ "Pacific Bell Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved December 25, 2007. 
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  34. ^ "555 City Center". Emporis.com. Retrieved December 25, 2007. 
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  36. ^ "Park Bellevue Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved December 25, 2007. 
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  39. ^ "St. Paul's Towers". Emporis.com. Retrieved December 25, 2007. 
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  41. ^ "100 Grand Avenue". Emporis.com. Retrieved December 25, 2007. 
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  43. ^ "Central Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved December 25, 2007. 
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  46. ^ "Financial Center Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved December 25, 2007. 
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  48. ^ "SBC Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved December 25, 2007. 

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