List of tallest buildings in Austin

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AMLI II One American Center W Austin Hotel and Residences Frost Bank Tower The Austonian The Ashton 100 Congress One Congress Plaza File:AustinSkylinefromButlerPark-Jun2009.JPG File: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 U.S. city of Austin, Texas is the site of 62 high-rises that stand at least 180 ft (55 m).[citation needed] The tallest building in the city 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 360 Condominiums, which stands 581 ft (177 m) tall and was Austin's tallest from 2008 to 2010;[2] this is followed by 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. Additionally, over 50 high-rises are either proposed or under construction as of July, 2015.[dead link][5][5] As of March 2015, no buildings are among the top 100 the tallest in the United States.

A picture of the Austin skyline in the afternoon.
Panorama of Austin from Mount Bonnell

Tallest Buildings (Delivered)[edit]

This list ranks Austin's completed skyscrapers that stand at least 180 feet (55 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 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 Tallest residential building in the United States west of the Mississippi River; tallest building in Texas outside Houston and Dallas[1]
2 360 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 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.[2]
3 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. 515 (157) 33 2004 30°15′58.73″N 97°44′34.65″W / 30.2663139°N 97.7429583°W / 30.2663139; -97.7429583 Was the first skyscraper in the United States to start construction after the September 11, 2001 attacks[3]
4 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 [6]
5 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 Tallest building in the West End district[7]
6 The Northshore 424 (129) 38 2015 - Tallest apartment building in Austin. Topped out September 2015.[8]
7 The Bowie 423 (129) 37 2015 [9]
8 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) 37 2009 30°15′51.49″N 97°44′43.42″W / 30.2643028°N 97.7453944°W / 30.2643028; -97.7453944 Originally called The Altavida.[10]
9 JW Marriott 408 (124) 32 2015 30°15′48.69″N 97°44′37.24″W / 30.2635250°N 97.7436778°W / 30.2635250; -97.7436778 [11]
10 Four Seasons Residences 401(122) 32 2010 Operated by Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
11 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 [12]
12 One Congress Plaza 397 (121) 30 1987
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13 The Colorado 397 (121) 29 2014 [14]
14 Austin Hilton Convention Center 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 [15]
15 Seaholm Residences 341 (104) 30 2015 Topped out July 2015.[16]
16 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 [17]
17 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 [18]
18 300 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 Tallest building in Austin without aircraft warning lights.
19 100 Congress 100 Congress 328 (100) 22 1987 30°15′50.72″N 97°44′41.99″W / 30.2640889°N 97.7449972°W / 30.2640889; -97.7449972 While ground work was being done, the construction crew found a Mastodon fossil.
20 San Jacinto Center San Jacinto Center 324 (99) 21 1987 30°15′44.52″N 97°44′34.65″W / 30.2623667°N 97.7429583°W / 30.2623667; -97.7429583 One San Jacinto Center was supposed to have a twin, Two San Jacinto Center, but it was cancelled due to a market crash.
21 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 The Monarch's name refers to the butterfly like wings on the top.
22 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 [19] 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.
23 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 [20]
24 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 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.
25 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 Tallest Dormitory in Austin. Tallest building built in Austin in the 1970s.
26 301 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 Located in the lobby are fossils archaeologists believe are the skull of a Saber Tooth Tiger and the tusk of a Mastodon.
27 Skyhouse 264 (80) 23 2014 [14]
28 Seven 263 (80) 24 2015 The updated design replaced the stalled plans to build 7Rio
29 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 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.
30 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 [21]
31 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 [22]
32 816 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 Originally called the First City Center, but was renamed when redone in 1994.
33 5th & Colorado 242 (74) 18 2015 30°17′14.01″N 97°44′32.6″W / 30.2872250°N 97.742389°W / 30.2872250; -97.742389 Topped out October 2015.
34 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 When built in 1969, it was the fifth tallest building in Austin.
35 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 Tallest building in the Uptown/Arts District. The building was rated in 1992 by The Chronicle, as The Building with the Best Acoustics.
36 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 [23]
37 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 [24]
38 823 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 Was the tallest commercial building until the Chase Bank Tower was built.
39 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 The adoni granite on the outside was imported from Italy.
40 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 [25]
41 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 The building houses the Fusion Research Lab at UT. The building also houses the McDonald Observatory.
42 Gables Park Tower 223 (68) 18 2014 [26]
43 Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium View from inside a stadium 223 (68) 1924 30°17′1.06″N 97°43′57.15″W / 30.2836278°N 97.7325417°W / 30.2836278; -97.7325417 Stadium for the Texas Longhorns football team[27]
44 Westin 214 (65) 19 2015 [26]
45 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 [28]
46 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 [29]
47 The Catherine 209 (64) 19 2015 [14]
48 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 The building was the tallest government building to break ground since the Texas State Capitol in 1882
49 Hotel Van Zandt 197 (60) 19 2015 [14]
50 Hilton Garden Inn Austin Hilton Garden Inn Austin 197 (60) 15 1984 30°15′55.26″N 97°44′7.84″W / 30.2653500°N 97.7355111°W / 30.2653500; -97.7355111 Was the tallest hotel in Austin from 1985-1986(when the Omni Hotel was built).
51 The Whitley 196 (60) 16 2013 [30]
52 Norwood Tower Norwood Tower 189 (58) 15 1929 Dedicated as a state historical landmark in 2007. Was the first building in Austin to have an electric elevator.
53 Lyndon Baines Johnson State Office Building Lyndon Baines Johnson State Office Building 188 (57) 12 1968 30°16′41.23″N 97°44′15.72″W / 30.2781194°N 97.7377000°W / 30.2781194; -97.7377000 The building was once home to over 25,00 Mexican Freetail Bats.
54 William B. Travis State Office Building William B. Travis State Office Building 188 (57) 12 1985 30°16′44.5″N 97°44′17.04″W / 30.279028°N 97.7380667°W / 30.279028; -97.7380667 [31][32]
55 IBC Bank 186 (57) 13 2014 [33]
56 Hyatt Regency Hotel Hyatt Regency Hotel 185 (56) 17 1981 30°15′38.98″N 97°44′48.94″W / 30.2608278°N 97.7469278°W / 30.2608278; -97.7469278 One of the first guests was then mayor of Austin, Carole McClellan
57 Southwest Tower Building Southwest Tower Building 185 (56) 13 1973 30°16′5.87″N 97°44′27.27″W / 30.2682972°N 97.7409083°W / 30.2682972; -97.7409083 [34]
58 One Texas Center One Texas Center 183 (56) 13 1983 30°15′26.57″N 97°44′57.9″W / 30.2573806°N 97.749417°W / 30.2573806; -97.749417 The building was supposed to have a taller 14 story companion tower, Two Texas Center.
59 Doubletree Austin Guest Suites Doubletree Austin Guest Suites 183 (56) 15 1987 30°16′38.49″N 97°44′33.41″W / 30.2773583°N 97.7426139°W / 30.2773583; -97.7426139 [35]
60 Cambridge Tower Cambridge Tower 181 (55) 15 1964 30°16′50.47″N 97°44′25.73″W / 30.2806861°N 97.7404806°W / 30.2806861; -97.7404806 Cambridge Tower has a rooftop garden.
61 Stephen F. Austin Hotel Stephen F. Austin Hotel 181 (55) 15 1924 30°16′8.3″N 97°44′31.39″W / 30.268972°N 97.7420528°W / 30.268972; -97.7420528 Tallest hotel in Austin from 1924-1981(when the Hyatt Regency was built).
62 Austin City Lofts Austin City Lofts 180 (55) 14 2004 30°16′10.67″N 97°45′5.03″W / 30.2696306°N 97.7513972°W / 30.2696306; -97.7513972 When Austin City Lofts was first built in 2004, it was the tallest building in the West End.

Buildings Under Construction[edit]

This following are buildings which are under construction in Austin's central business district and are planned to rise at least 61 meters (200 ft).

Name Height*
ft / m
Floors Year Notes
The Independent 689 / 210 58 2018 Residential
Fairmont Austin Hotel 595 / 181 36 2017 Hospitality
500 West Second Street (aka: Google Tower) 400 / 122 28 2016 Office
Seaholm Residences 341 / 104 30 2016 Residential
Aloft+Element 328 / 100 31 2017 Hospitality (2 Hotels)
Hotel ZaZa & Residences at Post Republic Square 305 / 93 24 2017 Hospitality & Residential
University of Texas System Headquarters 270 / 82 19 2017 Office
5th+Colorado 242 / 74 18 2016 Office
8th & Nueces (aka: Aspen Heights) 235 / 72 22 2016 Office
Shoal Creek Walk 211 / 64 15 2017 Office

Buildings Approved[edit]

The following are central business district building projects which have active, approved site plans and are expected to rise at least 61 meters (200 ft).

Name Height*
ft / m
Floors Year Notes
Waller Park Place - Building C 632 / 193 54 - Hospitality & Residential
Waller Park Place - Building B 532 / 162 46 - Residential
70 Rainey 472 / 144 35 2018 Residential
99 Trinity 467 / 142 38 - Residential
5th & Brazos 402 / 123 36 - Hospitality & Residential
Austin Proper Hotel & Residences at Austin Proper 397 / 121 33 2018 Hospitality & Residential
Third+Shoal 387 / 118 29 2018 Office
Hotel Congress 332 / 101 26 - Hospitality
Waller Park Place - Building A 327 / 100 26 - 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 [20]
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 [19]
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 [18]
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 [13]
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]

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