List of tallest buildings in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Skyline in 2016
Charlotte's two tallest buildings, the Bank of America Corporate Center and Duke Energy Center feature external lighting.

This list of tallest buildings in Charlotte ranks skyscrapers and high-rises in the U.S. city of Charlotte, North Carolina by height. The tallest building in the city is the Bank of America Corporate Center, which rises 871 feet (265 m) in Uptown Charlotte and was completed in 1992.[1] It also stands as the tallest building in the state of North Carolina and the 34th-tallest building in the United States. The second-tallest skyscraper in the city is the Duke Energy Center, which rises 786 feet (240 m) and was topped out in early 2009, and completed in 2010.[2] The Hearst Tower, which rises 659 feet (201 m), is the fourth-tallest building in the city and the state.[3] The Vue, also completed in 2010, is Charlotte's fifth-tallest building.[4] Eight of the ten tallest buildings in North Carolina are located in Charlotte.

The history of skyscrapers in the city began with the construction of the Independence Building in 1895; this building, rising 186 feet (57 m) and 14 floors,[5] is often regarded as the first skyscraper in Charlotte and North Carolina.[6] A former Registered Historic Place, the Independence Building was demolished in 1981 to allow for the construction of 101 Independence Center.[5] Charlotte went through a small building boom in the early 1970s, and then experienced a much larger boom lasting from 1982 to the present. During this time 15 of the city's 22 tallest buildings were constructed, including the Bank of America Corporate Center and the Hearst Tower. Overall, Charlotte's skyline is ranked (based on existing and under construction buildings over 500 feet (150 m) tall) third in the Southeast (after Miami and Atlanta), fifth in the Southern United States (after Miami, Houston, Dallas and Atlanta), and 18th in the United States.[A] As of April 2008, there are 64 completed high-rises in the city.[7]

Unlike many other American cities, Charlotte's skyscraper construction boom has continued through the 1990s to the present.

Tallest buildings[edit]

Bank of America Corporate Center, the tallest building in Charlotte and North Carolina
Duke Energy Center, the 2nd-tallest building in Charlotte
The Hearst Tower, Charlotte's 3rd-tallest building
One Wells Fargo Center, the 4th-tallest building in Charlotte
The Vue, the 5th-tallest building in Charlotte

This list ranks Charlotte 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. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed.

Rank Name Height
ft / m
Floors Year Primary Purpose Notes
1 Bank of America Corporate Center 871 / 265 60 1992 Office 174th-tallest building in the world; 34th-tallest in the United States and the tallest between Philadelphia and Atlanta; tallest building in Charlotte and North Carolina since 1992[1][8]
2 Duke Energy Center 786 / 240 54 2010 Office Tallest building constructed in Charlotte in the 2010s[2][9][10]
3 Hearst Tower 659 / 201 47 2002 Office Tallest building constructed in Charlotte in the 2000s[3][11]
4 One Wells Fargo Center 588 / 179 42 1988 Office Tallest building constructed in Charlotte in the 1980s; originally known as One First Union Center[12][13]
5 The Vue 560 / 170 51 2010 Residential Tallest residential building in the Carolinas[4]
6 Bank of America Plaza 503 / 153 40 1974 Office Tallest building constructed in Charlotte in the 1970s[14][15]
7 300 South Tryon[16] 485 / 141 25 2017 Office Broke ground on December 15, 2014. Topped out.
8 1 Bank of America Center 484 / 148 32 2010 Office Also known as 150 North College[17][18] or 1 BAC
9 121 West Trade 462 / 141 32 1990 Office Also known as the Interstate Tower[19][20]
10 Museum Tower Apartments 455 / 136 43 2017 Residential Forty-three-story, 393-unit apartment tower being developed by Childress Klein. Built on top of the Mint Museum.[21]
11 Three Wells Fargo Center 450 / 137 32 2000 Office Originally known as Three First Union Center[22][23]
12 Fifth Third Center 447 / 136 30 1997 Office Also known as the IJL Financial Center and 201 North Tryon[24][25]
13 Two Wells Fargo Center 433 / 132 32 1971 Office Originally known as Two First Union Center[26][27]
14 Avenue 425 / 130 36 2007 Residential [28][29]
15 400 South Tryon 420 / 128 32 1974 Office Also known as Duke Energy Plaza. Originally known as Wachovia Corporate Center and First Union Corporate Center[30][31][32]
16 Carillon Tower 394 / 120 24 1991 Office [33][34]
17 Charlotte Plaza 388 / 118 27 1982 Office [35][36]
18 Ascent Uptown 340 / 103 33 2017 Residential 33-story apartment tower developed by Greystar Properties. Update: Topped out.
19 525 North Tryon 330 / 101 19 1999 Office Also known as Odell Plaza[37][38]
20 TradeMark 325 / 99 28 2007 Residential [39]
21 Catalyst 322 / 98.3 27 2009 Residential [40]
22 First Citizens Plaza 320 / 98 23 1985 Office [41][42]
23 AC Hotel & Residence Inn Hotel 320 / 87 22 2017 Hotel Dual-branded 22-story hotel building containing an AC Hotels and a Residence Hotel built on top of the existing structure. Tallest hotel in Charlotte. Topped out.
24 Skye 310 / 94 21 2013 Residential & Hotel [43]
25 The Arlington 310 / 94 22 2002 Residential [44][45]
26 101 Independence Center 301 / 92 20 1983 Office [46][47]
27 BB&T Center 300 / 91 22 1975 Office [48][49]
28 615 South College 300 / 91 19 2017 Office Groundbreaking August 14, 2015. Topped out.[50]
29 200 South Tryon 299 / 91 18 1961 Office Tallest building constructed in Charlotte in the 1960s[51][52]
30 NASCAR Hall of Fame 293 / 89 20 2009 Office [53][54]
31 The Westin Charlotte 293 / 89 25 2003 Hotel Tallest hotel in Charlotte and the state of North Carolina[55][56]
32 Hilton Charlotte Center City 292 / 89 22 1990 Hotel Hilton's Flagship Charlotte Hotel[citation needed]
33 112 Tryon Plaza 280 / 85 22 1926 Office Tallest building constructed in the city in the 1920s[57]
34 SkyHouse Charlotte I 273 / 83 24 2015 Residential Completed in August 2015. Began renting units in Summer 2015. Second tower to be completed early 2017.[citation needed]
35 SkyHouse Charlotte II 273 / 83 24 2016 Residential 2nd phase of the SkyHouse project.
36 Johnston Building 266 / 81 17 1924 Office [C][citation needed]
37 Element Uptown 264 / 81 22 2014 Residential [58]
38 Charlotte Marriott City Center 252 / 77 19 1984 Hotel Flagship Marriott Hotel[citation needed]
39 Omni Charlotte Hotel 252 / 77 19 1977 Hotel Omni Hotel with 374 rooms[citation needed]
40 Le Meridian & Sheraton Charlotte Hotel 239 / 73 18 1973 Hotel Sheraton with attached Le Meridian[citation needed]
41 129 West Trade 227 / 69 15 1958 Office Tallest building constructed in Charlotte in the 1950s[59][60]
42 Ritz-Carlton Charlotte 225 / 68 17 2009 Hotel Ritz Carlton Hotel with 146 Rooms[citation needed]
43 Kimpton Hotel at 300 South Tryon 220 / 62 19 2017 Hotel Separate building from the main office tower. Twenty stories with rooftop bar and 218 hotel rooms. Topped out.
44 440 South Church 207 / 63 15 2009 Office Building office space is largely occupied by Ally Financial.[citation needed]
45 Aloft Charlotte Uptown at Epicentre 200 / 61 15 2006 Hotel Hotel building attached to the Epicentre[citation needed]
46 Holiday Inn Center City 200 / 61 15 1989 Hotel Charlotte's Flagship Holiday Inn[citation needed]
47 The Madison 200 / 61 15 2009 Residential Condo Tower[citation needed]
48 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center 200 / 61 15 1988 Office Main government offices for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County[citation needed]
49 Springhill Suits Uptown 200 / 61 15 2017 Hotel

Tallest under construction[edit]

This lists buildings that are under construction in Charlotte and are planned to rise at least 200 feet (61 m). Buildings that have already been topped out are also included.

Name Height*
ft / m
Floors Year Notes
Tryon Place N/A 21 N/A
620 South Tryon 588 / 179 30 N/A Grading in progress.
550 Stonewall 250 / 79 20 2018 Construction to start in fall 2016.
Crescent Stonewall Station 230 / 70 22 2018 Construction started in 2016.
Lennar Development 500 / 152 30 2020 Construction starts Q4 2017

* Table entries without text indicate that information regarding building heights has not yet been released.

Proposed and announced buildings[edit]

This lists buildings that are proposed or have been announced in Charlotte and are planned to rise at least 200 feet (61 m).

Name Height*
ft / m
Floors Year Notes
Brooklyn Village Office Tower 400 / 122 24 2020 Proposed
Design Center Apartment Tower 265 / 81 25 2018 Proposed
Carolina Theater 275 / 84 20 2018 Proposed renovation and vertical expansion.
Jonas Courthouse Annex 200 / 67 10 2020 Annex building on 4th Street for the existing courthouse

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

The Bank of America Corporate Center, headquarters of Bank of America, has been the tallest building in Charlotte since 1992.

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Charlotte.

Name Street address Years as tallest Height
ft / m
Floors Reference
Independence Building[B] 102 West Trade Street 1909–1924 186 / 57 14 [5]
Johnston Building 212 South Tryon Street 1924–1926 266 / 81[C] 17 [61]
112 Tryon Plaza 112 South Tryon Street 1926–1961 280 / 85 22 [57]
200 South Tryon 200 South Tryon Street 1961–1971 299 / 91 18 [52]
Two Wells Fargo Center 301 South Tryon Street 1971–1974 433 / 132 32 [27]
Bank of America Plaza 101 South Tryon Street 1974–1988 503 / 153 40 [15]
One Wells Fargo Center 301 South College Street 1988–1992 588 / 179 42 [13]
Bank of America Corporate Center 100 North Tryon Street 1992–present 871 / 265 60 [8]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

A. ^ New York has 206 existing and under construction buildings over 500 feet (150 m), Chicago has 107, Miami has 37, Houston has 30, San Francisco has 26, Los Angeles has 22, Dallas has 19, Atlanta has 19, Las Vegas has 17, Boston has 16, Seattle has 12, Philadelphia has 15, Minneapolis has 10, Pittsburgh has 10, Jersey City has 9, Denver has 8, Detroit has 7, and Charlotte has 7. Source of skyline ranking information: SkyscraperPage.com: New York, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Jersey City, Minneapolis, Denver, Detroit, Charlotte.
B. ^ This building was demolished in 1981.
C. ^ This height is an estimate, as an official height of the 17-story structure has never been released.
D. ^ Construction on this building began, but has ceased.

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  40. ^ "Catalyst". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
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