List of tallest voluntarily demolished buildings

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The following is a list of tallest voluntarily demolished buildings.

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Rank Building name City Country Height Floors Year completed Year demolished Method Reason
1 Singer Building New York United States 612 ft (187 m) 47 1908 1968 manual demolition Demolished to make way for One Liberty Plaza.
2 CPF Building Singapore Singapore 561 ft (171 m) 46 1976 2017 deconstruction Demolished to make way for a 29 storey office tower.
3 Morrison Hotel Chicago United States 526 ft (160 m) 45 1925 1965 manual demolition Demolished to make way for Bank One Plaza.
4 Deutsche Bank Building New York United States 517 ft (157.6 m) 39 1973 2011 deconstruction Heavily damaged from the September 11 attacks.
5 UIC Building Singapore Singapore 499 ft (152 m) 40 1973 2013 deconstruction Demolished to make way for V on Shenton.
6 One Meridian Plaza Philadelphia United States 492 ft (150 m) 38 1972 1999 manual demolition Heavily damaged from a fire on February 23, 1991.
7 Tun Razak Tower Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 492 ft (150 m) 35 1983 2014 deconstruction
8 City Investing Building New York United States 487 ft (148 m) 33 1908 1968 manual demolition Demolished to make way for One Liberty Plaza.
9 Ocean Tower South Padre Island United States 470 ft (143 m) 30 2006 2009 implosion Demolished after cracks were found in the building's supporting columns during construction. Never opened.
10 The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong Hong Kong China 465 ft (142 m) 31 1993 2009 manual demolition Demolished to make way for China Construction Bank Tower.
11 Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka Tokyo Japan 463 ft (141 m) 39 1982 2013 deconstruction Demolished to make way for Tokyo Garden Terrace.
12 Hennessy Centre Hong Kong China 458 ft (140 m) 41 1983 2008 manual demolition Demolished to make way for Hysan Place.
13 The Harmon Hotel Paradise United States 453 ft (138 m) 47 2009 2015 manual demolition Found to be structurally deficient and demolished. Never opened.
14 J.L. Hudson's Department Store and Addition Detroit United States 439 ft (134 m) 29 1927 1998 implosion Was neglected for 12 years, and considered beyond repair. The decision was controversial.
15 Savoy-Plaza Hotel New York United States 420 ft (128 m) 33 1927 1965 manual demolition Demolished to make way for General Motors Building.
16 State Office Block Sydney Australia 420 ft (128 m) 32 1965 1997 manual demolition Demolished to make way for Aurora Place.
17 CAGA House Sydney Australia 410 ft (125 m) 30 1977 1992 manual demolition Demolished to make way for Governor Phillip Tower.
18 Bayer-Hochhaus Leverkusen Germany 400 ft (122 m) 32 1963 2012 manual demolition
19 First National Bank Building Pittsburgh United States 387 ft (118 m) 26 1912 1970 manual demolition Demolished to make way for One PNC Plaza.
20 Jinhua Building Xi'an China 387 ft (118 m) 26 1999 2015 implosion [1]
21 Centre International Rogier Brussels Belgium 384 ft (117 m) 30 1960 2001 manual demolition Demolished to make way for Rogier Tower.
22 AfE-Turm Frankfurt Germany 381 ft (116 m) 32 1972 2014 implosion
23 Landmark Tower Fort Worth United States 380 ft (116 m) 30 1952 2006 implosion Damaged in tornado in 2000.
24 Trinity Court Building New York United States 374 ft (114 m) 26 1927 2015 manual demolition Demolished to make way for 76 Trinity Place
25 Richfield Tower Los Angeles United States 372 ft (113 m) 13 1929 1969 manual demolition Demolished to make way for City National Plaza.
26 Landmark Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Paradise United States 364 ft (111 m) 31 1969 1995 implosion Demolished to make way for a parking lot for Las Vegas Convention Center.
27 Wilson Mendes Caldeira Building São Paulo Brazil 361 ft (110 m) 32 1963 1975 implosion Imploded to make way for the metro station and Praça da Sé.
28 Furama Hong Kong Hotel Hong Kong China 360 ft (110 m) 33 1973 2002 manual demolition Demolished to make way for AIA Central.
29 Stardust Resort & Casino Las Vegas Winchester United States 354 ft (108 m) 32 1991 2007 implosion Demolished to make way for Echelon Place and Resorts World Las Vegas.
30 Sheraton Lincoln Hotel Houston United States 352 ft (107 m) 28 1962 2011 manual demolition
31 New York World Building New York United States 350 ft (106.6 m) 20 1890 1955 manual demolition Demolished to make way for an entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge.
32 Windsor Tower Madrid Spain 348 ft (106 m) 32 1979 2005 manual demolition Heavily damaged from a fire on February 12, 2005; thus not quite voluntarily demolished.
33 Farmers Bank Building Pittsburgh United States 345 ft (105 m) 27 1902 1997 implosion Demolished due to a lack of tenants.
34 Crowne Plaza Hotel Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 345 ft (105 m) 26 1973 2014 deconstruction Demolished to make way for the proposed Tradewinds Square.
35 Capital Plaza Tower Frankfort United States 338 ft (103 m) 28 1972 2018 implosion
36 Friedrich-Engelhorn-Hochhaus Ludwigshafen Germany 333 ft (101 m) 28 1957 2014 manual demolition
37 Sparkasse Hagen tower Hagen Germany 331 ft (101 m) 21 1975 2004 implosion
38 Tower Building Baltimore United States 330 ft (101 m) 16 1912 1986 manual demolition
39 Southwark Towers London United Kingdom 328 ft (100 m) 25 1976 2008 deconstruction Demolished to make way for The Shard.
40 Genesee Towers Flint United States 326 ft (99 m) 19 1968 2013 implosion The building was demolished due to the risk of falling concrete from the structure.
41 CRA Building Melbourne Australia 325 ft (99 m) 26 1962 1988 manual demolition Demolished to make way for 101 Collins Street.
42 Angkasa Raya Building Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 325 ft (99 m) 24 1977 2011 deconstruction
43 1515 Tower West Palm Beach United States 320 ft (98 m) 30 1974 2010 implosion Damaged by hurricanes in 2004.
44 Lodge on the Park Hong Kong China 317 ft (97 m) 29 1988 2011 manual demolition Demolished to make way for Kennedy Park at Central.
45 Saint Paul Building New York United States 315 ft (96 m) 26 1898 1958 manual demolition Demolished to make way for Western Electric Building.
46 Houston Main Building Houston United States 312 ft (95 m) 21 1952 2012 implosion
47 Beautiful City Building Hong Kong China 306 ft (93 m) 28 1978 2003 manual demolition Demolished to make way for CASA 880.
48 Limebank House London United Kingdom 305 ft (93 m) 26 1969 1998
49 Zhongyin Building Wenzhou China 305 ft (93 m) 1997 2004 implosion Deemed unsafe. Never opened.
50 Poltegor Centre Wrocław Poland 302 ft (92 m) 25 1982 2007 manual demolition Demolished to make way for Sky Tower.
51 20 Fenchurch Street London United Kingdom 299 ft (91 m) 25 1968 2008 deconstruction
52 109 Bluevale Street Glasgow United Kingdom 298 ft (91 m) 30 1968 2016 deconstruction
53 51 Whitevale Street Glasgow United Kingdom 298 ft (91 m) 30 1968 2016 deconstruction
54 Sander Hall Cincinnati United States 297 ft (91 m) 27 1971 1991 implosion
55 Tai Sang Commercial Building Hong Kong China 295 ft (90 m) 27 1997 2009
56 10 Red Road Court Glasgow United Kingdom 292 ft (89 m) 31 1968 2015
57 21 Birnie Court Glasgow United Kingdom 292 ft (89 m) 31 1968 2013 implosion
58 33 Petershill Drive Glasgow United Kingdom 292 ft (89 m) 31 1968 2015 implosion
59 63 Petershill Drive Glasgow United Kingdom 292 ft (89 m) 31 1968 2015
60 93 Petershill Drive Glasgow United Kingdom 292 ft (89 m) 31 1968 2015
61 123 Petershill Drive Glasgow United Kingdom 292 ft (89 m) 31 1968 2015
62 World Trade Centre London United Kingdom 292 ft (89 m) 19 1991 2004 Damaged by the 1996 Docklands bombing.
63 Key Bank Tower Salt Lake City United States 290 ft (88 m) 20 1980 2007 implosion Demolished to make way for City Creek Center.
64 Old Toronto Star Building Toronto Canada 289 ft (88 m) 22 1929 1972 manual demolition Demolished to make way for First Canadian Place.
65 Hong Kong Hilton Hong Kong China 284 ft (87 m) 26 1962 1992 Demolished to make way for Cheung Kong Center.
66 Liggett Building New York United States 283 ft (86 m) 22 1922 2016 deconstruction Demolished to make way for One Vanderbilt.
67 Lake View Hotel Nanchang China 281 ft (86 m) 22 1997 2010 implosion [2]
68 Hotel Grand Chancellor Christchurch New Zealand 279 ft (85 m) 26 1986 2012 manual demolition Damaged by 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
69 High-rise of Pécs Pécs Hungary 276 ft (84 m) 25 1976 2016 deconstruction Unoccupied from 1989 due to structural instability.
70 Dunes Paradise United States 275 ft (84 m) 24 1961 1993 implosion Demolished to make way for Bellagio Las Vegas.
71 Sands Paradise United States 274 ft (83 m) 18 1965 1996 implosion Demolished to make way for The Venetian Las Vegas.
72 Elegant Court Hong Kong China 273 ft (83 m) 25 1987 2009 Demolished to make way for 21 Whitfield.
73 C&S Bank Tower Atlanta United States 266 ft (81 m) 20 1968 1993 manual demolition Demolished after the NationsBank Plaza (now Bank of America Plaza) was completed.
74 Northwestern National Bank Building Minneapolis United States 264 ft (80 m) 16 1930 1984 implosion Damaged by the 1982 Thanksgiving Day fire. The Wells Fargo Center now stands on the site.
75 103 Colmore Row Birmingham United Kingdom 262 ft (80 m) 23 1976 2016 manual demolition
76 153 Petershill Drive Glasgow United Kingdom 262 ft (80 m) 27 1969 2012 implosion
77 Four Seasons Hotel Maputo Maputo Mozambique 262 ft (80 m) 22 1974 2007 implosion Due to the Mozambican War of Independence, the building was never finished.
78 Winchester House London United Kingdom 260 ft (80 m) 22 1968 1997
79 10-30 Petershill Court Glasgow United Kingdom 259 ft (79 m) 31 1968 2015
80 153-213 Petershill Court Glasgow United Kingdom 259 ft (79 m) 31 1968 2012
81 Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis United States 255 ft (78 m) 18 1956 2005 implosion
82 Commonwealth Building Louisville United States 255 ft (78 m) 21 1928 1994 implosion
83 Traveler's Insurance Building Boston United States 253 ft (77 m) 18 1959 1988 implosion Demolished to make way for 125 High Street.
84 Crocodile House 1 Hong Kong China 251 ft (77 m) 23 1982 2008 Demolished to make way for Agricultural Bank of China Tower.
85 Melbourne Industrial Building Hong Kong China 251 ft (77 m) 23 1977 2005 Demolished to make way for One Island East.
86 Maths Tower Manchester United Kingdom 246 ft (75 m) 18 1968 2005
87 Sheraton-Oklahoma Hotel Oklahoma City United States 245 ft (75 m) 24 1932 1977 implosion Demolished because it was in the way of an urban development.
88 McGuire Apartments Seattle United States 242 ft (74 m) 25 2001 2011 manual demolition Structural instability.
89 Qingdao Railway Plaza Qingdao China 241 ft (74 m) 24 1991 2007 implosion
90 Aik San Factory Building Hong Kong China 240 ft (73 m) 22 1972 2005 Demolished to make way for One Island East.
91 Lee Gardens Hotel Hong Kong China 240 ft (73 m) 22 1970 1990 Demolished to make way for Manulife Plaza.
92 International Complex Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 240 ft (73 m) 18 1978 2014 deconstruction Demolished to make way for the proposed Tradewinds Square.
93 20 Rosemount Street Glasgow United Kingdom 236 ft (72 m) 25 1967 2013 implosion
94 40 Rosemount Street Glasgow United Kingdom 236 ft (72 m) 25 1967 2016 implosion
95 HSBC Building Hong Kong China 230 ft (70 m) 13 1935 1978
96 Anada Tower Hong Kong China 229 ft (70 m) 21 2008 Demolished to make way for Agricultural Bank of China Tower
97 Le Tripode Nantes France 229 ft (70 m) 18 1972 2005 implosion
98 40 Stirlingfauld Place Glasgow United Kingdom 226 ft (69 m) 24 1975 2008 implosion
99 Birmingham Post & Mail Birmingham United Kingdom 220 ft (67 m) 16 1964 2005
100 Traymore Hotel Atlantic City United States 220 ft (67 m) 16 1906 1972 implosion
101 Zhejiang University Number 3 Hangzhou China 220 ft (67 m) 20 1993 2007 implosion [3]
102 Swire House Hong Kong China 219 ft (67 m) 20 1962 1998 Demolished to make way for Charter House.
103 Vanderbilt Avenue Building New York United States 214 ft (65 m) 18 1913 2016 deconstruction Demolished to make way for One Vanderbilt.
104 Draper Tower Nashville United States 212 ft (65 m) 12 1990 2018 implosion
105 Hotel Equatorial Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 212 ft (65 m) 16 1973 2012 deconstruction Demolished to make way for the new Hotel Equatorial
106 Ronan Point London United Kingdom 210 ft (64 m) 22 1968 1986 manual demolition Damaged by gas explosion in 1968. It was demolished to make way for low-rise housing.
107 Crocodile House 2 Hong Kong China 208 ft (63 m) 19 1966 2008 manual demolition Demolished to make way for Agricultural Bank of China Tower.
108 Stephenson Tower Birmingham United Kingdom 207 ft (63 m) 20 1967 2011 deconstruction
109 Dalton Tower Birmingham United Kingdom 200 ft (61 m) 21 1971 2011 implosion
110 Chartered Bank Building Hong Kong China 197 ft (60 m) 18 1959 1986 manual demolition Demolished to make way for Standard Chartered Bank Building.
111 Hyatt Regency Hong Kong China 197 ft (60 m) 18 1964 2006 manual demolition Demolished to make way for iSQUARE.
112 Williamson Building Cleveland United States 196 ft (60 m) 16 1900 1982 implosion Demolished to make way for 200 Public Square.
113 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Minneapolis United States 195 ft (59 m) 1982 2014 manual demolition Demolished to make way for U.S. Bank Stadium.
114 Clyde Tower Birmingham United Kingdom 194 ft (59 m) 20 1967 2006 implosion
115 Lawrence Tower Birmingham United Kingdom 194 ft (59 m) 21 1971 2011 implosion
116 The Oregonian Building Portland United States 194 ft (59 m) 13 1892 1950 manual demolition
117 Vienna Wood Community Hefei China 192 ft (59 m) 16 2005 2005 implosion
118 Stafford Tower Birmingham United Kingdom 190 ft (58 m) 21 1971 2014 implosion
119 16-18 Pinkston Drive Glasgow United Kingdom 189 ft (58 m) 20 1967 2013 manual demolition
120 17-19 Pinkston Drive Glasgow United Kingdom 189 ft (58 m) 20 1967 2013 manual demolition
121 2 Queen Elizabeth Square Glasgow United Kingdom 189 ft (58 m) 20 1965 1993 implosion
122 16-18 Fountainwell Place Glasgow United Kingdom 189 ft (58 m) 20 1967 2008 implosion
123 16-32 Queen Elizabeth Square Glasgow United Kingdom 189 ft (58 m) 20 1965 1993 implosion
124 Tung Ying Building Hong Kong China 186 ft (57 m) 17 1965 2006 Demolished to make way for The ONE.
125 Tung Sang Building Hong Kong China 186 ft (57 m) 17 1972 2006 Demolished to make way for York Place.
126 Home Insurance Building Chicago United States 180 ft (55 m) 12 1885 1931 manual demolition Demolished to make way for the Field Building.
127 City East Building Hong Kong China 175 ft (53 m) 16 1973 2007 manual demolition Demolished to make way for Gardeneast Serviced Apartments.
128 Hotel Fontenelle Omaha United States 175 ft (53 m) 14 1916 1983 [4]
129 Jardine House Hong Kong China 175 ft (53 m) 16 1957 1980 Demolished to make way for Wheelock House.
130 Cornwall Tower Birmingham United Kingdom 171 ft (52 m) 18 1970 2014 implosion
131 Normansell Tower Birmingham United Kingdom 171 ft (52 m) 18 1972 2012 implosion
132 Portland Airport Administration Building Portland United States 165 ft (50 m) 8 1958 2002
133 Chiao Shang Building Hong Kong China 164 ft (50 m) 15 1964 2004 Demolished to make way for 100QRC.
134 Philipsbygget (no) Oslo Norway 155 ft (47 m) 15 1958 2000 implosion Demolished to make way for KPMG-bygget.
135 Prudence Building New York United States 155 ft (47 m) 14 1911 2016 deconstruction Demolished to make way for One Vanderbilt.
136 Hotel Wellington Annex Albany United States 148 ft (45 m) 11 1922 2014 implosion Demolished to make way for the Albany Capital Center.
137 Alexandra House Hong Kong China 142 ft (43 m) 13 1952 1974
138 Dragon Seed Building Hong Kong China 142 ft (43 m) 13 1966 2008 Demolished to make way for Prosperity Tower.
139 Luk Hoi Tong Building Hong Kong China 142 ft (43 m) 13 1961 2008 Demolished to make way for LHT Tower.
140 Chamber of Commerce Building Portland United States 135 ft (41 m) 8 1892 1934 manual demolition
141 Mapes Hotel Reno United States 133 ft (41 m) 12 1947 2000 implosion
142 Kingsford Industrial Centre Hong Kong China 131 ft (40 m) 12 1986 2006 Demolished to make way for The Spectacle
143 Corbett Building Portland United States 130 ft (40 m) 10 1907 1988 implosion Demolished to make way for Pioneer Place.
144 City Hall El Paso United States 124 ft (38 m) 10 1979 2013 implosion Demolished to make way for Southwest University Park.
145 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building Oklahoma City United States 117 ft (36 m) 9 1977 1995 implosion Damaged by the Oklahoma City bombing.
146 48 East 43rd Street New York United States 78 ft (24 m) 7 1923 2016 deconstruction Demolished to make way for One Vanderbilt.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "China blows up unused 26-storey building with 1.4 tonnes of dynamite". Daily Mail. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  2. ^ Du, Xiaodan (8 February 2010). "Former four-star hotel demolished in E.China CCTV-International". CCTV. Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  3. ^ Tao, Jessie (9 January 2007). "Demolition blasts cause grave concern". China Daily. Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "Hotel Fontenelle, Omaha | 102894 | EMPORIS". Emporis. Retrieved 30 April 2018. 
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