List of tallest buildings in Memphis

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This list of tallest buildings in Memphis ranks completed buildings by height in the U.S. city of Memphis, Tennessee, the 23rd largest city in the United States. The tallest building is the 100 North Main building at 430 ft (131m), built in 1965. The Sterick Building, 364 ft (111m) was the tallest building in the Southern United States when built in 1930, holding that title until 1957 when surpassed by the Life & Casualty Tower in Nashville.[1] The first skyscraper built in Memphis was the Dr. D.T. Porter Building, 131 ft (40m), in 1895.[2] The tallest man-made structure in the city is the 1003 ft (305.7m) Edwin L. Nass Tower 1, a guyed steel TV transmitting tower located at 5317 Crestview Road in northeast Memphis.[3]

Unlike many other downtowns in the Sun Belt, Memphis did not experience the high-rise building booms of the late 1980s or early 2000s. Only four buildings over 100m have been built in downtown Memphis since World War II: 100 North Main, Raymond James Tower, One Commerce Square, and First Tennessee Bank Building.[2] This has resulted in a smaller, more historic skyline compared to other nearby cities of similar age and population (compare to Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas/Fort Worth, or St. Louis). Three of the tallest in the city are located in the upscale neighborhood of East Memphis: the Clark Tower, the Hilton Memphis, and the White Station Tower.


As of 2015 only two projects have been considered to be built, namely the One Beale complex.

Tallest Buildings[edit]

Rank Name Height
feet
Height
meters
Floors Year Notes
1 100 North Main 430 130 37 1965 Tallest building in Memphis since 1965. Tallest in Tennessee from 1965-1970. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
2 Raymond James Tower 403 123 21 1985 Includes the spire atop the building
3 Clark Tower 400 120 34 1971 Tallest building outside of downtown.
4 One Commerce Square 396 121 31 1973
5 Sterick Building 365 111 29 1930 Tallest building in Tennessee and the Southern United States from 1930-1957. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
6 First Tennessee Building 332 101 25 1964
7 Hilton Memphis 329 100 24 1975 Tallest hotel in Memphis.
8 Memphis Pyramid 321 98 5 1991 7th-tallest pyramid and largest Bass Pro Shops in the world. Home to retail, restaurants, an observation deck, a hotel, a bowling alley, and the largest free-standing elevator in America.
9 The Renaissance Apartments 296 90 25 1968 Tallest residential building in Memphis.
10 Lincoln American Tower 290 88 22 1924 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
11 White Station Tower 280 85 22 1965
12 Exchange Building 264 80 20 1910 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
13 Sheraton Memphis 233 71 19 1985
14 Madison Hotel 219 67 16 1907 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
15 Number 10 Main 215 66 16 1910 Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
16 The Tower at Peabody Place 202 62 15 1997
17 The Artesian 201 61 16 2015
18 Crosstown Concourse 188 57 14 1927 Former Sears retail store, offices, and catalog order processing warehouse.
19 88 Union Center 177 54 14 1927

Tallest future buildings[edit]

Approved[edit]

Buildings that are approved for construction in Memphis and expected to rise above 200 feet (60 m) include:

Name Height
feet
Height
meters
Floors Year Notes
One Beale North Tower 370 110 30 2018 280 residential apartments and commercial space.
One Beale South Tower 268 82 22 2018 300-room hotel and convention center.

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

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

Name Street Address Years as tallest Height
feet
Height
meters
Floors
Number 10 Main 10 South Main Street 1904–1905 216 66 16
Madison Hotel 79 Madison Avenue 1905–1910 232 71 16
Exchange Building 9 North Second Street 1910–1924 264 80 19
Lincoln American Tower 60 North Main Street 1924-1930 290 88 22
Sterick Building 8 North Third Street 1930-1965 365 111 29
100 North Main 100 North Main Street 1965–present 430 130 37


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