Compass Bank Building (Albuquerque)

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Compass Bank Building
Compass Bank Albuquerque.jpg
Viewed from 6th Street NW
Former namesNational Building
Record height
Preceded byBank of the West Tower
Surpassed byAlbuquerque Plaza
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location505 Marquette Avenue NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Coordinates35°05′19″N 106°39′09″W / 35.0886°N 106.6525°W / 35.0886; -106.6525Coordinates: 35°05′19″N 106°39′09″W / 35.0886°N 106.6525°W / 35.0886; -106.6525
Construction started1965[1]
Antenna spire82.9 m (272 ft)
Roof72.5 m (238 ft)
Technical details
Floor count18
Floor area232,900 sq ft (21,640 m2)[3]

The Compass Bank Building (originally known as the National Building) is a high-rise office building located at 505 Marquette Avenue NW in Downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was the tallest building in New Mexico upon its completion[2] and remained the holder of that title until the completion of the Albuquerque Plaza towers in 1990, making it currently the third tallest. It is 238 feet (73 m) tall and has 18 stories, the lowest six of which are occupied by a parking garage. With the rooftop antennas included it reaches a height of 272 feet (83 m).[4]

Ground was broken on the building on January 25, 1965 and it was completed in 1966, surpassing the Bank of the West Tower and becoming the tallest building in the city. The project was developed by the National Building Corporation of Tennessee.[1]


The building was designed by William E. Burk, Jr., who also designed the Park Plaza Condominiums. It has twelve floors of office space above a wider six-story base which incorporates a parking garage on floors 2–6.[7] The exterior walls of the parking levels are molded concrete with an open grillwork pattern of stylized quatrefoils inspired by Moorish architecture.[8] The upper floors have recessed rectangular windows arranged in a simple grid pattern with beveled surrounds. At the ground level, the exterior walls are battered masonry punctuated by narrow paired windows on the south side.[9]

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  1. ^ a b "Groundbreaking". Santa Fe New Mexican. NM. AP. January 24, 1965. p. A6.
  2. ^ a b "New View from the Top". Albuquerque Tribune. NM. June 28, 1966. p. A1.
  3. ^ Moskos, Harry (August 15, 2004). "Where It's Happening". The Albuquerque Journal. NM.
  4. ^ a b Compass Bank Building (Albuquerque) at Emporis
  5. ^ "Compass Bank Building". SkyscraperPage.
  6. ^ Compass Bank Building (Albuquerque) at Structurae
  7. ^ "National Building is impressive addition to Albuquerque skyline". Albuquerque Journal. Advertisement. July 10, 1966. Retrieved November 15, 2017 – via
  8. ^ "Harmony achieved in modern design, southwestern charm". Albuquerque Journal. Advertisement. July 10, 1966. Retrieved November 15, 2017 – via
  9. ^ Dodge, William A. (September 2013). "A Survey of Albuquerque's Mid-Century Modernist Architectural Resources" (PDF). City of Albuquerque Planning Department. pp. 40–41. Retrieved November 15, 2017.