List of tallest buildings in Oklahoma City

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The Oklahoma City skyline

There are more than 50 skyscrapers in Oklahoma City, most of which stand in the central business district. In the city, 17 buildings stand 250 feet (76 m) and taller. The tallest building in Oklahoma City, and in Oklahoma, is the 50-story Devon Tower, which rises 844 feet (257 m) in the central business district. Other notable skyscrapers are Chase Tower and First National Center, which stand as the second and third-tallest buildings in Oklahoma City, respectively. Five of the 10 tallest buildings in Oklahoma are located in Oklahoma City.[1]

The history of skyscrapers in Oklahoma City began with the completion of the Colcord Hotel, Oklahoma City's first skyscraper.[2] After oil was discovered in the area, the population of Oklahoma City grew significantly. As a result the city's skyline expanded, which featured a "race to the top" with the synchronous construction of First National Center and City Place Tower in the downtown area. Contemporary skyscrapers began to be built in the north and west sides of Oklahoma City, and later in the downtown area.[3] In 1993, Oklahoma City voters approved the MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects) program, which featured the construction of several distinct domestic facilities and restorations and expansions of other older ones. It was completed in 2004 and is deemed to be the first program of its kind for a city the size of Oklahoma City.[4]

The Devon Tower, which was completed in 2012, has overtaken the Chase Tower as the tallest building in Oklahoma City with a height of 844 feet (257 m). It has also become the tallest building in the state of Oklahoma, surpassing the BOK Tower in Tulsa. The 50-story building occupies over 1,800,000 square feet (170,000 m2) and had an estimated construction cost of $750 million (USD).[5][6]

Tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks Oklahoma City skyscrapers that stand at least 250 feet (76 m) tall, based on standard convert measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed.

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Coordinates Notes
1 Devon Energy Center Devon energy center.JPG 844 (257) 50 2012 35°28′00″N 97°31′03″W / 35.46667°N 97.51750°W / 35.46667; -97.51750 Topped out on September 21, 2011. Officially tallest building in Oklahoma[1][7] Tallest building between Chicago and Dallas. Only tallest building to be built in Oklahoma City in the 21st century.
2 Chase Tower Okc cotterranchtower.JPG 500 (152) 36 1971 35°28′05″N 97°30′50″W / 35.46806°N 97.51389°W / 35.46806; -97.51389 Tallest building in Oklahoma City 1971-2011; 6th-tallest in the state of Oklahoma;Tallest Building in Oklahoma City for 40 years[1][7]
3 First National Center First national center oklacity.JPG 493 (150) 33 1931 35°28′06″N 97°30′58″W / 35.46833°N 97.51611°W / 35.46833; -97.51611 7th-tallest tallest building in Oklahoma; tallest building in Oklahoma and Oklahoma City from 1931-1971[1][8]
4 City Place Tower CityPlace61.jpg 440 (134) 33 1931 35°28′08″N 97°30′57″W / 35.46889°N 97.51583°W / 35.46889; -97.51583 8th-tallest tallest building in Oklahoma; tallest building in Oklahoma City for a brief period in 1931[1][9]
5 Oklahoma Tower Oklahoma tower.jpg 434 (132) 31 1982 35°28′07″N 97°30′59″W / 35.46861°N 97.51639°W / 35.46861; -97.51639 9th-tallest building in Oklahoma[1][10]
6 SandRidge Center Sandridgetower 6 20 2009m.jpg 393 (120) 30 1973 35°28′13″N 97°30′53″W / 35.47028°N 97.51472°W / 35.47028; -97.51472 SandRidge Energy Corporation world headquarters. 12th-tallest building in Oklahoma.;[11] former corporate headquarters of Kerr-McGee
7 Valliance Bank Tower Valliancetower.jpg 321 (98) 22 1984 35°31′22″N 97°32′20″W / 35.52278°N 97.53889°W / 35.52278; -97.53889 Tallest building in the city located outside the central business district. 18th-tallest building in Oklahoma.[12]
8= Bank of Oklahoma Plaza BOKplaza59.jpg 310 (94) 16 1972 35°28′13″N 97°31′00″W / 35.47028°N 97.51667°W / 35.47028; -97.51667 Tied as the 19th-tallest building in Oklahoma.[13]
8= AT&T Building 310 (94) 16 1928 35°28′17″N 97°30′52″W / 35.47139°N 97.51444°W / 35.47139; -97.51444 Tied as the 19th-tallest building in Oklahoma.[14]
10 One Leadership Square Leadershipnorth.jpg 308 (94) 22 1984 35°28′10″N 97°31′00″W / 35.46944°N 97.51667°W / 35.46944; -97.51667 (Leadership Square North Tower) 21st-tallest building in Oklahoma.[15]
11 Regency Tower Regency Tower, OKC.jpg 288 (88) 24 1966 35°28′23″N 97°31′07″W / 35.47306°N 97.51861°W / 35.47306; -97.51861 24th-tallest building in Oklahoma.[16]
12 The Classen Classenbuilding.jpg 287 (88) 21 1967 35°29′28″N 97°31′52″W / 35.49111°N 97.53111°W / 35.49111; -97.53111 [17]
13 Founders Tower Unitedfounders 10 29 07 c.jpg 275 (84) 20 1963 35°31′52″N 97°34′18″W / 35.53111°N 97.57167°W / 35.53111; -97.57167 [18]
14 Gold Star Memorial Library Goldstarlibrary.jpg 264 (80) 18 1954 35°29′39″N 97°32′31″W / 35.49417°N 97.54194°W / 35.49417; -97.54194 Oklahoma City University[19]
15 Continental Resources Center Midamericatower.jpg 262 (80) 19 1980 35°28′02″N 97°30′51″W / 35.46722°N 97.51417°W / 35.46722; -97.51417 Continental Resources, world headquarters [20]
16 Oklahoma State Capitol Oklahoma State Capitol.jpg 255 (78) 5 1917 35°29′31″N 97°30′12″W / 35.49194°N 97.50333°W / 35.49194; -97.50333 In 2002, a 155 foot (47 m) dome was constructed above the roof with a 17-foot (5 m) tall bronze Native American statue on top of the dome.[21][22]
17 Union Plaza Unionplaza.jpg 252 (77) 18 1982 35°31′40″N 97°33′52″W / 35.52778°N 97.56444°W / 35.52778; -97.56444 [23]

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This table lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Oklahoma City as well as the current titleholder, Devon Energy World Headquarters.

Name Image Street address Years as tallest Coordinates Height
ft (m)
Floors Reference
Colcord Hotel Colcord 2006.jpg 15 North Robinson Avenue 1909–1923 35°28′00″N 97°31′00″W / 35.46667°N 97.51667°W / 35.46667; -97.51667 145 (44) 14 [24][25]
100 Park Avenue Building 100 Park Avenue 1923–1927 35°28′07″N 97°30′52″W / 35.46861°N 97.51444°W / 35.46861; -97.51444 160 (49) 12 [26][27]
Dowell Center DowellCenter67.jpg 433 N Harvey Avenue 1927–1931 35°28′00″N 97°30′59″W / 35.46667°N 97.51639°W / 35.46667; -97.51639 200 (61) 18 [28][29]
City Place Tower CityPlace61.jpg 204 North Robinson Avenue 1931 35°28′08″N 97°30′57″W / 35.46889°N 97.51583°W / 35.46889; -97.51583 440 (130) 33 [9][30]
First National Center First national center oklacity.JPG 120 North Robinson Avenue 1931–1971 35°28′06″N 97°30′58″W / 35.46833°N 97.51611°W / 35.46833; -97.51611 446 (136) 33 [8][31]
Chase Tower Okc cotterranchtower.JPG 100 North Broadway Avenue 1971–2011 35°28′05″N 97°30′50″W / 35.46806°N 97.51389°W / 35.46806; -97.51389 500 (150) 36 [7][32]
Devon Energy World Headquarters Devon energy center.JPG 333 W Sheridan Ave 2011–present 35°28′00″N 97°31′03″W / 35.46667°N 97.51750°W / 35.46667; -97.51750 844 (257) 52 [33][34]

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