List of tallest buildings in Madison
This is a list of the tallest buildings in Madison, Wisconsin. Lists vary due to completion status and "approximate" heights provided, so a list of all high-rise buildings showing floor counts and construction status is probably more useful. The Wisconsin State Capitol is the tallest building in Madison. The tallest building in Madison's central business district is the State Office Building. In the mid- to late-2000s more high-rise buildings were constructed. A height restriction on the Madison Isthmus protects views of the Wisconsin State Capitol. The law restricts buildings to be no taller than the base of the pillars surrounding the dome (about 187 feet).
The history of skyscrapers in Madison begins with the Churchill Building, completed in 1915. The current State Capitol was completed in 1917, and was the third built in Madison, replacing the previous one which was destroyed in a fire on February 27, 1904. Because of Madison's height restriction, buildings rarely exceed over 160 feet in height. This may change in the next few years during the redevelopment of E. Washington Ave. The tallest building ever proposed was the Archipelago Village Tower, a 27-story, 570-foot-tall (170 m) office and condominium tower, however it is unlikely to ever be constructed because of the city's height restriction.
This list includes certain well-known high-rise buildings (over 35 meters). Many buildings in that height range are omitted.
ft / m
|1||Wisconsin State Capitol||284 / 86||5||1917||Tallest building in Madison, and tallest building in the state outside of Milwaukee|
|2||Van Hise Hall||243 / 74||19||1967||Tallest building on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus, and the highest building in the city based on elevation. One of the 50 tallest education buildings in the world, it is slated to be demolished in 2025 per the university's master plan.|
|3||UW Engineering Research Building||184 / 56||14||1968|
|4||UW Atmospheric Oceanic & Space Sciences Building||180 / 55||15||1966||The height of the building does not reflect the GOES satellite dishes, weather stations, power/communication units and workstations, or a POES satellite receiver located on the top of the building.|
|5||State Office Building||177 / 54||13||1939||Tallest office building on the Madison isthmus|
|6||University Square Office Building||164 / 50||12||2008|
|7||The Constellation Apartments||158 / 48||14||2014|
|8||One Hundred Wisconsin Avenue||157.07 / 47.8 ||12||2004||Located on the capitol square, this mixed-use building features retail, office (floors 1-4), and luxury condominiums (floors 5-12). Received the highest ratings ever given by the city's Urban Design Commission. The design includes white bethel granite (the same as the state Capitol Building), limestone from a Mississippi River ledge, floor to ceiling glass, and copper. Town Bank occupies a portion of the lower level.|
|9||Nolen Shore||149 / 45||12||2006||Named for John Nolen, Madison's landscape architect in the early 20th century.|
|10||The Loraine||143 / 43||10||1925||Originally built as a hotel, the building now houses condos. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.|
|11||Belmont Hotel||140 / 42||11||1924||The building's height instigated Madison's current height restriction.|
|12||Metropolitan Place 2||135 / 41||13||2007|
|13||Hovde Building||134 / 41||10||1928|
|14||Churchill Building||134 / 41||9||1915||Madison's first skyscraper and at the time of its construction the tallest building in Wisconsin outside of Milwaukee. Its erection led to a 90-foot (27 m) height limit for buildings around the Capitol that was struck down by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1923, allowing for the construction of the Belmont Hotel.|
|15||309 West Washington||133 / 41||11||2008|
|16||Hyatt Place Madison Downtown||126 / 38||11||2010|
|17||Tenney Plaza (aka The Tenney Building)||125 / 38||10||1929||A 10-story art deco building designed by Law, Law & Potter that was Madison's first steel building.|
|18||Weston Place||122/37||12||2005||High-rise condo building on Madison's west side.|
|19||Edgewater Hotel||119 / 36||10||1945||A remodeling of the Edgewater has begun and will be completed in 2014. The new height will be 160 feet, which will make it the 7th tallest building in Madison.|
|20||Capitol Centre Apartments building I & 2||119 / 36||16||1982||High-rise apartment building in downtown Madison.|
|21||Oakwood Village tower||118 / 36||15||1975|
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