Completed in 1947, the Wachovia Building was the only high-rise to be constructed in Mobile from the 1929 completion of the Regions Bank Building to 1965, when the GM Building was completed. The Wachovia Building was constructed on the site of the Bienville Hotel, a low-rise seven-story hotel. The structure was the former home of the Waterman Globe, a 12-foot (4 m) diameter sphere created by Rand McNally that depicts the world with the political boundaries of the 1940s. The globe was a local attraction, but was removed from the building in 1973 and deconstructed. It was later restored to its original state and moved to the University of South Alabama's Mitchell Center in 1999.