List of tallest buildings in Austin, Texas

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AMLI IIOne American CenterW Austin Hotel and ResidencesFrost Bank TowerThe AustonianThe Ashton100 CongressOne Congress PlazaFile:AustinSkylinefromButlerPark-Jun2009.JPGFile:AustinSkylinefromButlerPark-Jun2009.JPGA view of the Austin skyline as taken from Butler Park, facing a north northeast direction
Skyline of Austin from Butler Park, June 2009 (Use cursor to identify buildings)

The tallest completed building in the U.S. city of Austin, Texas is the 56-story Austonian, which is 683 ft (208 m) tall. Completed in 2010, it is the tallest building in Texas outside of Houston and Dallas and the tallest all-residential tower west of the Mississippi River.[1] The second-tallest building is the Fairmont Austin, which stands 590 ft (180 m) tall; this is followed by the 360 Condominiums, which stands 581 ft (177 m) tall and was Austin's tallest from 2008 to 2010.[2] The fourth-tallest building is the Frost Bank Tower, which was Austin's tallest structure from 2004 until 2008.[3]

The history of skyscrapers in Austin began with the construction of the Scarbrough Building in 1910, which is often regarded as the first skyscraper built in the city.[4] Austin went through a skyscraper boom in the 1970s and 1980s, which resulted in the construction of more than 30 of the tallest buildings in the city. Since 2007, the city has been going through a second building boom, with a multitude of buildings constructed, including the Austonian and 360 Condominiums.[citation needed]

Tallest buildings: delivered[edit]

This list ranks Austin's delivered (completed and occupied) skyscrapers 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 or other objects not part of the original plans. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings.

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Coordinates Primary Purpose Notes
1 The Austonian Slightly elevated view of a 60-story skyscraper with a glass facade set atop a rectangular pedestal; the building has balconies on every floor and has two small setbacks near the roofline. 683 (208) 56 2010 30°15′53.43″N 97°44′41.37″W / 30.2648417°N 97.7448250°W / 30.2648417; -97.7448250 Residential The tallest all-residential building in the United States west of the Mississippi River; tallest building in Texas outside Houston and Dallas. A 61-foot rooftop screen element sits atop the 622-foot condo tower bringing its official height to 683 feet[1]
2 Fairmont Austin Fairmont Austin on an Overcast Day.jpg 595 (181) 37 2018 30°15′43.54″N 97°44′17.50″W / 30.2620944°N 97.7381944°W / 30.2620944; -97.7381944 Hotel Tallest hotel building in Texas. A 139-foot spire sits atop the 456-foot hotel bringing its official height to 595 feet.
3 360 Condominiums View of the 360 Condominiums from the north; the building has a blue glass facade; there is a setback 1/3 of the way up and a spire on the top of the tower. 581 (177) 44 2008 30°16′2.27″N 97°44′58.94″W / 30.2672972°N 97.7497056°W / 30.2672972; -97.7497056 Residential Currently the sixth tallest all-residential building in the United States west of the Mississippi River; Stood as the tallest residential building in Texas until the Austonian surpassed it; the building was originally designed to be shorter, but more floors and units were later added. A 109-foot spire projects up from the 472-foot building bringing its official height to 581 feet[2]
4 Frost Bank Tower Ground view of the Frost Bank Tower; the tower has the appearance of an owl; the building has multiple setbacks; there is a cyan colored crown on the top of the building. 516 (157) 33 2004 30°15′58.73″N 97°44′34.65″W / 30.2663139°N 97.7429583°W / 30.2663139; -97.7429583 Office Once the tallest building in Austin at time of completion, it was the first skyscraper in the United States to start construction after the September 11, 2001 attacks. A 116-foot crown sits atop the 400-foot office building bringing its official height to 516 feet[3]
5 W Austin Hotel and Residences A view from Zilker Park of the building; the tower is topped out; the building is rectangular, and there are no setbacks; the building has a reflective blue facade; the tower appears to look like a tall rectangle stacked on top of another smaller rectangle. 478 (146) 37 2010 30°15′56.69″N 97°44′49.44″W / 30.2657472°N 97.7470667°W / 30.2657472; -97.7470667 Hotel/Residential [5]
6 Fifth & West Residences Fifth & West from the Northeast.jpg 459 (140) 39 2019 30°16′10.33″N 97°45′2.22″W / 30.2695361°N 97.7506167°W / 30.2695361; -97.7506167 Residential Tallest building in the West 6th District.
7 Spring Ground view from the south of a 43-story tower. The building has a green glass facade on the right side, and a solid brick side with windows on the left. 434 (132) 42 2009 30°16′7.77″N 97°45′14.32″W / 30.2688250°N 97.7539778°W / 30.2688250; -97.7539778 Residential Tallest building in the West End district[6]
8 The Northshore The Northshore Austin.jpg 424 (129) 38 2016 30°15′55″N 97°44′58″W / 30.265311°N 97.74952°W / 30.265311; -97.74952 Residential Tallest apartment building in Austin. Topped out September 2015.[7]
9 The Bowie The Bowie Austin July 2015.JPG 423 (129) 37 2015 30°16′09″N 97°45′19″W / 30.2691595°N 97.7552581°W / 30.2691595; -97.7552581 Residential [8]
10 70 Rainey 419 (128) 37 2019 30°15′30.44″N 97°44′21.21″W / 30.2584556°N 97.7392250°W / 30.2584556; -97.7392250 Residential
11 The Ashton Elevated view of The Ashton from south in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The tower has a white base, while the tower is brick/crimson red color. 416 (127) 34 2009 30°15′51.49″N 97°44′43.42″W / 30.2643028°N 97.7453944°W / 30.2643028; -97.7453944 Residential Originally called The Altavida.[9]
12 JW Marriott Hotel JW Marriott Austin July 2015.JPG 408 (124) 32 2015 30°15′48.69″N 97°44′37.24″W / 30.2635250°N 97.7436778°W / 30.2635250; -97.7436778 Hotel 1,012 rooms. [10] Second largest JW Marriott in the world (by number of rooms).
13= Four Seasons Residences View of the Four Seasons Residences from the Hilton 401 (122) 32 2010 30°15′44.28″N 97°44′29.77″W / 30.2623000°N 97.7416028°W / 30.2623000; -97.7416028 Residential Operated by Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
13= One American Center View from perhaps another building of One American Center. The building is white with red lining, and staircases at the top. 401 (122) 32 1984 30°16′7.34″N 97°44′35.85″W / 30.2687056°N 97.7432917°W / 30.2687056; -97.7432917 Office [11]
15 500 West 2nd Street (Google Tower) 400 (122) 28 2017 Office
16= One Eleven Congress OneCongressPlaza-Nov2008.JPG 397 (121) 30 1987 Office [12]
16= Colorado Tower 397 (121) 29 2014 30°16′7.34″N 97°44′35.85″W / 30.2687056°N 97.7432917°W / 30.2687056; -97.7432917 Office [13]
18 Hilton Austin Hotel An orange building as viewed from the east. 377 (115) 31 2004 30°15′54.49″N 97°44′17.58″W / 30.2651361°N 97.7382167°W / 30.2651361; -97.7382167 Hotel/Residential [14]
19 Seaholm Residences Seaholm Residences Austin.jpg 341 (104) 30 2016 Residential [15]
20 Legacy at Town Lake The 31 story building from the south. The building is a rectangular prism with some setbacks on the side facing the viewer. 339 (103) 31 2008 30°15′21.57″N 97°44′22.06″W / 30.2559917°N 97.7394611°W / 30.2559917; -97.7394611 Residential [16]
21 Bank of America Center The building is a dark gray rectangular building with one setback near the very top. From this angle, the building shows only one side. 336 (102) 26 1975 30°16′3.53″N 97°44′33.49″W / 30.2676472°N 97.7426361°W / 30.2676472; -97.7426361 Office [17]
22= Aloft+Element 328 (100) 31 2017 30°16′8.87″N 97°44′44.92″W / 30.2691306°N 97.7458111°W / 30.2691306; -97.7458111 Hotel
22= 300 West Sixth The building is generally light brown. The lower portion of the tower is a vertical rectangle, followed by a setback and then a semi-circle. 328 (100) 23 2002 30°16′8.87″N 97°44′44.92″W / 30.2691306°N 97.7458111°W / 30.2691306; -97.7458111 Office Tallest building in Austin without aircraft warning lights.[citation needed]
22= 100 Congress 100 Congress 328 (100) 22 1987[18] 30°15′50.72″N 97°44′41.99″W / 30.2640889°N 97.7449972°W / 30.2640889; -97.7449972 Office While ground work was being done, the construction crew found a Mastodon fossil.[citation needed]
25 San Jacinto Center San Jacinto Center 324 (99) 20 1987 30°15′44.52″N 97°44′34.65″W / 30.2623667°N 97.7429583°W / 30.2623667; -97.7429583 Office One San Jacinto Center was supposed to have a twin, Two San Jacinto Center, but it was cancelled due to a market crash.[19]
26 The Monarch The Monarch 323 (98) 29 2008 30°16′8.6″N 97°45′8.25″W / 30.269056°N 97.7522917°W / 30.269056; -97.7522917 Residential The Monarch's name refers to the butterfly like wings on the top.[citation needed]
27 JPMorgan Chase Bank Tower Chase Tower 322 (98) 21 1974 30°16′6″N 97°44′42.37″W / 30.26833°N 97.7451028°W / 30.26833; -97.7451028 Office [20] This was the 2nd building to exceed the height of the Texas State Capitol, and was the tallest building in Austin from 1974-1975, when the Bank of America Center was built.
28 Texas State Capitol Texas State Capitol 311 (95) 4 1888 30°16′28.75″N 97°44′25.61″W / 30.2746528°N 97.7404472°W / 30.2746528; -97.7404472 Office [21]
29 UT Main Building Main Building of the University of Texas at Austin 307 (94) 29 1937 30°17′9.24″N 97°44′21.75″W / 30.2859000°N 97.7393750°W / 30.2859000; -97.7393750 Education/Office Before the observation deck was closed in the 1970s, it was visited by around 70,000 people per year. Tallest building built in Austin in the 1930s.[citation needed]
30 Dobie Center Dobie Center 307 (94) 29 1972 30°17′0.17″N 97°44′28.51″W / 30.2833806°N 97.7412528°W / 30.2833806; -97.7412528 Residential Tallest Dormitory in Austin. Tallest building built in Austin in the 1970s.[citation needed]
31 301 Congress 301 Congress 306 (93) 22 1986 30°15′54.86″N 97°44′34.84″W / 30.2652389°N 97.7430111°W / 30.2652389; -97.7430111 Office Located in the lobby are fossils archaeologists believe are the skull of a Saber Tooth Tiger and the tusk of a Mastodon.[citation needed]
32 University of Texas System Headquarters 270 (82) 19 2017 Office [13]
33 Skyhouse 264 (80) 23 2014 Residential [13]
34 Seven 263 (80) 24 2015 Residential The updated design replaced the stalled plans to build 7Rio[citation needed]
35 Westgate Tower Westgate Tower 261 (80) 25 1967 30°16′26.35″N 97°44′34.65″W / 30.2739861°N 97.7429583°W / 30.2739861; -97.7429583 Residential Tallest building built in Austin in the 1960s. The building had the highest rooftop pool until the Four Seasons Residence were completed. The first residential skyscraper in Austin.[citation needed]
36 The Shore The Shore 257 (78) 22 2007 30°15′34.18″N 97°44′21.71″W / 30.2594944°N 97.7393639°W / 30.2594944; -97.7393639 Residential [22]
37 Capitol Tower Capitol Tower 246 (75) 20 1986 30°16′14.14″N 97°44′23.06″W / 30.2705944°N 97.7397389°W / 30.2705944; -97.7397389 Office [23]
38= 816 Congress 816 Congress 242 (74) 20 1984 30°16′14.78″N 97°44′33.92″W / 30.2707722°N 97.7427556°W / 30.2707722; -97.7427556 Office Originally called the First City Center, but was renamed when redone in 1994.[citation needed]
38= 5th & Colorado 242 (74) 18 2016 30°17′14.01″N 97°44′32.6″W / 30.2872250°N 97.742389°W / 30.2872250; -97.742389 Office [citation needed]
40= The Castilian 237 (72) 23 1969 30°17′14.01″N 97°44′32.6″W / 30.2872250°N 97.742389°W / 30.2872250; -97.742389 Residential When built in 1969, it was the fifth tallest building in Austin.[citation needed]
40= William P. Clements State Office Building William P. Clements State Office Building 237 (72) 15 1986 30°16′40.89″N 97°44′32.49″W / 30.2780250°N 97.7423583°W / 30.2780250; -97.7423583 Office Tallest building in the Uptown/Arts District. The building was rated in 1992 by The Chronicle, as The Building with the Best Acoustics.[citation needed]
42 21 Rio 21 Rio 236 (72) 21 2009 30°17′3.4″N 97°44′41.38″W / 30.284278°N 97.7448278°W / 30.284278; -97.7448278 Residential Tallest building in West Campus.[24]
43 Rise on 8th 235 (72) 22 2016 Residential [25]
44 Moody Bank Tower Wells Fargo Tower 234 (71) 17 1981 30°16′41.83″N 97°44′35.81″W / 30.2782861°N 97.7432806°W / 30.2782861; -97.7432806 Office [26]
45 823 Congress 823 Congress 229 (70) 16 1971 30°16′13.77″N 97°44′29.74″W / 30.2704917°N 97.7415944°W / 30.2704917; -97.7415944 Office Was the tallest commercial building in Austin until the Chase Bank Tower was built.[citation needed]
46 Austin Centre/Omni Hotel Austin Centre/Omni Hotel 226 (69) 16 1986 30°16′7.8″N 97°44′25.69″W / 30.268833°N 97.7404694°W / 30.268833; -97.7404694 Hotel The adoni granite on the outside was imported from Italy.[citation needed]
47= AMLI on 2nd AMLI on II 225 (69) 18 2008 30°15′58.06″N 97°44′53.03″W / 30.2661278°N 97.7480639°W / 30.2661278; -97.7480639 Residential [27]
47= Robert Lee Moore Hall Robert Lee Moore Hall 225 (69) 14 1974 30°17′20.25″N 97°44′10.9″W / 30.2889583°N 97.736361°W / 30.2889583; -97.736361 Education/Office The building houses the Fusion Research Lab at UT. The building also houses the University's 16 inch telescope in Austin.[citation needed]
49 Gables Park Tower 223 (68) 18 2014 Residential [28]
50 Shoal Creek Walk 219 (67) 15 2018 Office [28]
51 Westin Hotel 214 (65) 19 2015 Hotel [28]
52= Capitol Center Capitol Center 210 (64) 15 1984 30°16′17.08″N 97°44′27.85″W / 30.2714111°N 97.7410694°W / 30.2714111; -97.7410694 Office [29]
52= JPMorgan Chase Tower JP Morgan Chase Tower 210 (64) 15 1980 30°16′13.14″N 97°44′42.88″W / 30.2703167°N 97.7452444°W / 30.2703167; -97.7452444 Office [30]
54 The Catherine 209 (64) 19 2015 Residential Only 200+' building in South Austin[13]
55 Blackwell Thurman Criminal Justice Center Blackwell Thurman Criminal Justice Center 204 (62) 11 2001 30°16′25.28″N 97°44′48.09″W / 30.2736889°N 97.7466917°W / 30.2736889; -97.7466917 Office The building was the tallest government building to break ground since the Texas State Capitol in 1882[citation needed]

Tallest buildings: site prep or under construction[edit]

The following are central business district projects which will rise at least 300 ft (91 m).

Name Height*
ft / m
Floors Year Status Notes
The Independent 690 / 210 58 2019 U/C Residential [31]
Block 185 589 / 180 35 2022 Site Prep Office
Indeed Tower 542 / 165 36 2021 U/C Office
Hanover Republic Square 516 / 157 44 - Site Prep Residential
300 Colorado 446 / 136 32 2021 U/C Office
Austin Proper Hotel & Residences at Austin Proper 397 / 121 33 2019 U/C Hospitality & Residential
Third + Shoal 389 / 119 29 2019 U/C Office
Austin Marriott Downtown 386 / 118 31 2019 U/C Hospitality
The Quincy 369 / 112 30 2020 Site Prep Residential
48 East 358 / 109 33 2022 Site Prep Residential
405 Colorado 356 / 109 25 2021 U/C Office
5th & Brazos (Thompson Hotel & Residences) 355 / 108 31 2020 Site Prep Hospitality & Residential
Alexan Capital 350 / 107 30 2020 Site Prep Residential
Hotel ZaZa & Residences at Post Republic Square 305 / 93 24 2019 U/C Hospitality & Residential

Tallest buildings: approved, site plan under review or proposed[edit]

The following are central business district projects which are to rise at least 300 ft (91 m).

Name Height*
ft / m
Floors Year Status Notes
6 X Guadalupe 848 / 258 65 2022 Approved Office & Residential
The Republic 709 / 216 46 2021 Approved Office
The Travis - Building II 704 / 215 60 2021 Site Plan Under Review Hospitality & Residential
Waller Park Place - Building C 632 / 193 54 - Approved Hospitality & Residential
90 Rainey 615 / 187 51 2023 Site Plan Under Review Residential
The Travis - Building I 594 / 181 50 2021 Site Plan Under Review Residential
44 East 585 / 178 51 2022 Proposed Residential
Waller Park Place - Building B 532 / 162 46 - Approved Residential
Block 87 436 / 133 37 2021 Site Plan Under Review Office & Residential
Symphony Square 379 / 116 34 - Site Plan Under Review Mixed-Use
One Austin (Town Lake Lofts) 353 / 108 30 2020 Site Plan Under Review Residential
6th & Nueces Hotel Project - / - 32 - Proposed Hospitality
The Avenue Hyatt Centric Hotel 346 / 105 31 2020 Approved Hospitality
Block 71 Project - Tower B - / - ~30 - Proposed Residential
504 East Fifth - / - 30 - Proposed Mixed Use
West Avenue Apartments - / - 28 - Proposed Residential
Waller Park Place - Building A 327 / 100 26 - Approved Office

* Table entries with dashes (—) indicate that information regarding building heights or dates of completion has not yet been released

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This list includes buildings that have held the title of the tallest building in Austin as well as the current titleholder, the Austonian.

Name Image Street address Years as tallest Height
ft (m)
Floors Coordinates Reference
Texas State Capitol Texas State Capitol 1100 Congress Avenue 1888–1974 311 (95) 4 30°16′28.42″N 97°44′25.07″W / 30.2745611°N 97.7402972°W / 30.2745611; -97.7402972 [21]
Chase Bank Tower Chase Bank Tower 210 West 6th Street 1974–1975 325 (99) 21 30°16′8″N 97°44′41.45″W / 30.26889°N 97.7448472°W / 30.26889; -97.7448472 [20]
Bank of America Center Bank of America Center 515 Congress Avenue 1975–1984 328 (100) 25 30°16′3.47″N 97°44′33.41″W / 30.2676306°N 97.7426139°W / 30.2676306; -97.7426139 [17]
One American Center One American Center 116 West 6th Street 1984–2004 401 (122) 32 30°16′6.94″N 97°44′35.96″W / 30.2685944°N 97.7433222°W / 30.2685944; -97.7433222 [12]
Frost Bank Tower Frost Bank Tower 120 East 4th Street 2004–2008 515 (157) 33 30°15′58.93″N 97°44′34.42″W / 30.2663694°N 97.7428944°W / 30.2663694; -97.7428944 [3]
360 Condominiums 360 Condominiums 360 Nueces Street 2008–2010 581 (177) 44 30°16′2.17″N 97°44′59.21″W / 30.2672694°N 97.7497806°W / 30.2672694; -97.7497806 [2]
The Austonian The Austonian 201 Colorado Street 2010–present 683 (208) 56 30°15′53.36″N 97°44′41.45″W / 30.2648222°N 97.7448472°W / 30.2648222; -97.7448472 [1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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