List of tallest buildings in Portland, Oregon

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Portland's skyline, viewed from the south, in 2006

This list of tallest buildings in Portland, Oregon ranks skyscrapers in the U.S. city of Portland, Oregon. The tallest building in Portland is currently the 41-story Wells Fargo Center, which rises 546 feet (166 m).[1] The building has been the tallest skyscraper in the State of Oregon since its completion in 1972.[2] The second-tallest building in Portland is the US Bancorp Tower, which rises 536 feet (163 m) and 42 floors.[3] The building is sometimes informally referred to as "Big Pink" for its similarly colored granite exterior.[4]

Downtown Portland, January 2015, from the Lloyd District

Portland's history of skyscrapers is generally thought to begin in 1907 with the completion of the Wells Fargo Building.[5][6] Since then, over 100 high-rise buildings have been constructed in the city, with the majority being completed between 1970 and 2000.[7][8] No Portland buildings are among the tallest in the United States, but the city is home to four buildings over 500 feet (152 m).[8] Overall, Portland's skyline is ranked (based on existing and under construction buildings over 500 feet (152 m) tall) second in the Northwest (after Seattle), fifth in the Pacific Coast region (after Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Las Vegas), and 25th in the United States.[A]

The city is undergoing an era of high-rise construction, especially in the South Waterfront area, where several residential towers and an office building have been built over the past few years, including the John Ross Tower.[9][10][11] More residential buildings will be built close to the Willamette River as development of the South Waterfront progresses.[11] Meanwhile, in Downtown Portland, Park Avenue West Tower, a 30-story skyscraper, resumed construction in 2013[12] after a four-year suspension due to the 2008 Financial Crisis[13] and is now completed. At 502 feet (153 m), Park Avenue West is the fourth-tallest building in the city.[14]

Tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks Portland skyscrapers that stand at least 250 feet (76 meters) 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
feet / m
Floors Year Notes
1 Wells Fargo Center PortlandWellsFargoCenter.jpg 546 / 166 41 1972 Has been the tallest building in Portland and Oregon since 1972; tallest building constructed in the city in the 1970s; formerly known as the First National Bank Tower and the First Interstate Bank Tower[1][2]
2 U.S. Bancorp Tower USBankcorpTower.png 536 / 163 43 1983 Tallest building constructed in Portland in the 1980s[3][4]
3 KOIN Center KOINCenterPortland.jpg 509 / 155 35 1984 [15][16]
4 Park Avenue West Tower Park Avenue West Tower Feb 2016 - Portland, Oregon.JPG 502 / 154 30 2016 As of yet, the tallest building constructed in Portland in the 2010s[17]
5 PacWest Center PacWestCenterPortland.jpg 418 / 127 29 1984 [18][19]
6 Fox Tower Fox Tower Portland Oregon.JPG 372 / 113 27 2000 Tallest building constructed in Portland in the 2000s[20][21]
7 Standard Insurance Center Standardcenterpdx.jpg 367 / 112 27 1970 Tallest reinforced-concrete building in the world at the time of its completion[22][23]
=8 John Ross Tower JohnRossCondosPortland.jpg 325 / 99 32 2007 At the time of its completion, was briefly the tallest building in the South Waterfront district and the tallest all-residential building in Portland, having been built to the maximum allowable height in the district;[9][10] subsequently, at least two other buildings in the district have tied the John Ross Tower in height.
=8 The Ardea The Ardea Apartments in 2013 - Portland, Oregon.jpg 325 / 99 31 2008 [24][25]
=8 Mirabella Portland Mirabella Portland in 2016 with streetcar.jpg 325 / 99 30 2010 [26]
11 Congress Center Congresscenterpdx.jpg 321 / 98 23 1980 [27][28]
12 Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Hatfieldcourthouse.jpg 318 / 97 16 1997 Tallest building constructed in the city in the 1990s[29][30]
13 Moda Tower Odstower.jpg 308 / 94 24 1999 [31][32]
14 The Meriwether, West Building The Meriwether tower from east - Portland, Oregon.JPG 303 / 92 24 2006 [33]
15 Lloyd Center Tower LloydCenterTower.jpg 290 / 88 20 1981 Tallest building east of the Willamette River[34][35]
16 1000 Broadway 1000Broadwaystreet.JPG 288 / 88 23 1991 [36][37]
17 Portland Plaza Portlandplaza.jpg 272 / 83 25 1973 [38][39]
=18 One Main Place One Main Place.jpg 270 / 82 20 1980 [40][41]
=18 Edith Green – Wendell Wyatt Federal Building Edith Green - Wendell Wyatt Federal front 2012 Building2.JPG 270 / 82 18 1975 Also known as the Federal Office Building[42][43]
20 Union Bank Tower 1969 Bank of California Building (Portland) from north in 2016.jpg 268 / 82 15 1969 Tallest building constructed in Portland in the 1960s; also (formerly) known as the Union Bank of California Tower[44] and originally (until 1996) as the Bank of California Building,[45] or Tower
21 Twelve West Indigo twelve west building wind turbines.jpg 266 / 81 22 2009 Four power-generating wind turbines are located on the roof[46][47]
=22 The Meriwether, East Building The Meriwether east tower from the south 2016.jpg 265 / 81 21 2006 [33]
=22 Hassalo on Eighth Hassalo on Eighth close - Portland, Oregon.JPG 265 / 81 21 2015 Development consists of three buildings, with Aster Tower rising to 265 feet[48][49][50]
24 Umpqua Bank Plaza Umpqua Bank Headquarters - Portland, Oregon.JPG 263 / 80 19 1975 [51][52][53][54]
25 200 Market 200 Market - Portland, Oregon.JPG 257 / 78 19 1973 [55][56]
26 Harrison Tower Apartments, West Tower Harrison West Condominium Tower - Portland, Oregon.JPG 256 / 78 25 1965 Also known as Portland Center Apartments 1[57][58]
27 Benson Tower Benson-Tower-NW Portland-Oregon 2008-May.jpg 250 / 76 26 2007 [59][60]

Tallest under construction[edit]

This lists skyscrapers that are under construction in Portland and planned to rise over 250 feet (76 m).

Name Height
feet / m
Floors Year*
(est.)
Status Notes
Oregon Square 343 / 105 30 2017/2018 Part of a four-tower development in the Lloyd District.
Cosmopolitan on the Park (formerly Block 15 and Park Central Tower) 341 / 104 29 2016 Construction started July 2014 [61]
Sky3 Place 291 / 88 15 2016 Apartment building
Broadway Tower 254 / 78 19 2018 Construction began June 2016 [62]
Overton Apartments 252 / 77 26 2016 Construction began July 2014 [63]

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

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

The Wells Fargo Building, generally considered to be the first skyscraper in Portland

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

Name Street address Years as tallest Height
feet / m
Floors References
The Oregonian Building 537 SW 6th Avenue (razed 1950) 1892–1911 194 / 59 9–13 [64]
Wells Fargo Building 309 SW 6th Avenue 1907–1911 185 / 56 12 [6]
Yeon Building 522 SW 5th Avenue 1911–1913 194 / 59 15 [65][66]
American Bank Building 621 SW Morrison Street 1913–1927 207 / 63 15 [67][68]
Public Service Building 920 SW 6th Avenue 1927–1962 220 / 67 16 [69][70]
Hilton Portland Hotel 921 SW 6th Avenue 1963–1965 241 / 73 22 [71][72]
Harrison Tower Apartments, West Tower 200 SW Harrison Street 1965–1969 256 / 78 25 [57][58]
Union Bank Tower 707 SW Washington Street 1969–1970 268 / 82 15 [44][73][74]
Standard Insurance Center 900 SW 5th Avenue 1970–1972 367 / 112 27 [22][23]
Wells Fargo Center 1300 SW 5th Avenue 1972–present 546 / 166 41 [1][2]

The 194-foot (59 m) height of the 1892 Oregonian Building includes a corner tower with two floors of office space and a clock in the uppermost portion. The Wells Fargo Building was the tallest building in 1907–1911 only if this tower is excluded from the Oregonian Building's measurement.[64]

Panorama of Portland's skyline at night from 2007

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

A. ^ New York has 206 existing and under construction buildings over 500 ft (152 m), Chicago has 107, Miami has 37, Houston has 30, Los Angeles has 22, San Francisco has 22, Dallas has 19, Atlanta has 19, Las Vegas has 17, Boston has 17, Seattle has 14, Philadelphia has 10, Pittsburgh has 10, Jersey City has 9, Minneapolis has 9, Denver has 8, Detroit has 7, Charlotte has 6 and Columbus has 5. Cleveland, New Orleans, and Tulsa each have 4. 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, Columbus, Tulsa, Cleveland, New Orleans, and Tampa. Portland is tied with Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City with three buildings over 500 feet (152 m).

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  74. ^ "Union Bank of California Telecom Hotel". Retrieved 2008-02-21. 

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