List of tallest buildings in Birmingham, Alabama

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The U.S. city of Birmingham, Alabama is the site of 66 high-rises,[1] all of which stand taller than 115 feet (35 m). The tallest building in the city is the 34-story Wells Fargo Tower, completed in 1986, which is 454 feet (138 m) tall.[2] The tower was also the tallest building in the U.S. state of Alabama until the completion of the RSA Battle House Tower in Mobile in 2007.[3] Birmingham's second-tallest skyscraper, the Regions-Harbert Plaza, rises 437 feet (133 m) and has stood as the tallest structure in the city since its completion in 1989.[4] Overall, five of the ten tallest buildings in Alabama are located in Birmingham.[5]

Panoramic view of a city's skyline. In the distance, there is a city skyline with several skyscrapers of varying heights.
Panorama of Birmingham's skyline from the southwest; high-rises present in the image are, from left to right, the Alabama Power Headquarters Building, AT&T Building, AT&T City Center, Regions-Harbert Plaza, the Regions Center, and the Wells Fargo Tower

Tallest buildings[edit]

This lists ranks Birmingham high-rises that stand at least 215 feet (66 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed.

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Coordinates Notes
1 Wells Fargo Tower 454 / 138 34 1986 33°31′3.35″N 86°48′30.42″W / 33.5175972°N 86.8084500°W / 33.5175972; -86.8084500 (Wells Fargo Tower)
  • Tallest building in Birmingham since its completion in 1986.
  • Was previously known as the SouthTrust Tower (1986–2005) and the Wachovia Tower (2005–2010).[2][6]
2 Regions-Harbert Plaza 437 / 133 32 1989 33°31′6.30″N 86°48′35.74″W / 33.5184167°N 86.8099278°W / 33.5184167; -86.8099278 (Regions-Harbert Plaza)
  • Second tallest building in Birmingham since its completion in 1989.
  • Was previously known as the AmSouth Harbert Plaza (1989–2007).[4][7]
3 AT&T City Center 390 / 119 30 1972 33°31′7.04″N 86°48′40.42″W / 33.5186222°N 86.8112278°W / 33.5186222; -86.8112278 (AT&T City Center)
  • Tallest building in Birmingham from 1972 to 1986.
  • Was previously known as the South Central Bell Building, BellSouth Building and BellSouth City Center.[8][9]
4 Regions Center 390 / 119 30 1972 33°31′4.83″N 86°48′32.43″W / 33.5180083°N 86.8090083°W / 33.5180083; -86.8090083 (Regions Center (Birmingham))
  • Was previously known as the First National Bank-Southern Natural Gas Building, AmSouth-Sonat Tower and AmSouth Center.[10][11]
5 City Federal Building 325 / 99 27 1913 33°30′58.10″N 86°48′19.04″W / 33.5161389°N 86.8052889°W / 33.5161389; -86.8052889 (City Federal Building)
6 Alabama Power Headquarters Building

Alabama Power building.jpg

321 / 98 18 1990 33°31′6.33″N 86°48′47.82″W / 33.5184250°N 86.8132833°W / 33.5184250; -86.8132833 (Alabama Power Headquarters Building)
7 Thomas Jefferson Hotel 287 / 87 20 1929 33°30′46.46″N 86°48′38.58″W / 33.5129056°N 86.8107167°W / 33.5129056; -86.8107167 (Thomas Jefferson Hotel)
  • Was previously known as the Cabana Hotel and Leer Tower.
  • Notable for its mooring mast located atop its roof.[16][17]
8 John Hand Building 284 / 84 20 1912 33°30′51.68″N 86°48′18.56″W / 33.5143556°N 86.8051556°W / 33.5143556; -86.8051556 (John Hand Building)
9 Daniel Building 283 / 86 20 1970 33°30′44.29″N 86°48′13.10″W / 33.5123028°N 86.8036389°W / 33.5123028; -86.8036389 (Daniel Building)
  • Tallest building in Birmingham located outside of downtown.[20][21]
10 Viva Health Building 275 / 84 17 1976 33°31′4.65″N 86°48′27.48″W / 33.5179583°N 86.8076333°W / 33.5179583; -86.8076333 (Viva Health Building)
  • Constructed atop the site formally occupied by the Tutwiler Hotel.
  • Was previously known as the First Alabama Bank Building and Regions Plaza.[22][23]
11 Two North Twentieth 273 / 83 17 1962 33°30′47.82″N 86°48′21.04″W / 33.5132833°N 86.8058444°W / 33.5132833; -86.8058444 (Two North Twentieth)
  • Constructed as the first modern office tower in Birmingham.
  • Was previously known as the Bank for Savings & Trust Building.[24][25]
12 Financial Center 262 / 80 17 1982 33°31′6.90″N 86°48′28.61″W / 33.5185833°N 86.8079472°W / 33.5185833; -86.8079472 (Financial Center)
  • Constructed atop the site formally occupied by the Moulton Hotel.[26][27]
13 Empire Building 247 / 75 16 1909 33°30′52.40″N 86°48′21.95″W / 33.5145556°N 86.8060972°W / 33.5145556; -86.8060972 (Empire Building)
14 Watts Building 236 / 72 17 1928 33°30′59.57″N 86°48′24.17″W / 33.5165472°N 86.8067139°W / 33.5165472; -86.8067139 (Watts Building) [30][31]
15 Jefferson Tower 235 / 72 16 1940 33°30′21.27″N 86°48′4.28″W / 33.5059083°N 86.8011889°W / 33.5059083; -86.8011889 (Jefferson Tower) [32][33]
16 2121 Building 225 / 69 17 1962 33°31′19.88″N 86°48′28.00″W / 33.5221889°N 86.8077778°W / 33.5221889; -86.8077778 (2121 Building) [34]
17 Alabama Power Building 217 / 66 16 1925 33°31′4.36″N 86°48′44.36″W / 33.5178778°N 86.8123222°W / 33.5178778; -86.8123222 (Alabama Power Building)
  • Topped with a 23-foot tall golden statue of Electra crafted by Edward Field Sanford, Jr.[35][36]

References[edit]

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  1. ^ "Tall Buildings of Birmingham". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Wells Fargo Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  3. ^ "RSA Battle House Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  4. ^ a b "Regions Harbert Plaza". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
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  6. ^ "Wells Fargo Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  7. ^ "Regions-Harbert Plaza". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  8. ^ "AT&T City Center". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  9. ^ "AT&T City Center". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  10. ^ "Regions Center". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  11. ^ "Regions Center". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  12. ^ "City Federal Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  13. ^ "City Federal Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  14. ^ "Alabama Power Headquarters". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
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  16. ^ "Leer Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  17. ^ "Leer Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  18. ^ "John Hand Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  19. ^ "John Hand Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  20. ^ "Daniel Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  21. ^ "Daniel Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  22. ^ "Viva Health Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  23. ^ "Viva Health Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  24. ^ "Two North Twentieth". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  25. ^ "Two North Twentieth". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  26. ^ "Financial Center". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  27. ^ "Financial Center". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  28. ^ "Empire Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  29. ^ "Empire Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  30. ^ "Watts Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  31. ^ "Watts Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  32. ^ "Jefferson Tower". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  33. ^ "Jefferson Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  34. ^ "2121 Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-21. 
  35. ^ "Alabama Power Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2015-02-21. 
  36. ^ "Alabama Power Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2015-02-21. 

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