List of tallest buildings in San Diego

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An overhead view of a San Diego's downtown with tall skyscrapers present throughout the area of different colors and sizes. A bay can be seen at the bottom of the image with several boats in the water. In the background are other neighborhoods near the downtown area as well as mountains in the distance.
Downtown San Diego skyline from the air in November 2008

I believe that our skyline is a collective composition of many buildings. We don't have to have one landmark like the Empire State Building or Petronas towers. I think the landmark is the entire Downtown."

— Garry Papers, manager of architecture and planning for the Center City Development Corporation[1]

San Diego has over 150 high-rises, mainly in the downtown district. In the city, there are 32 buildings that stand taller than 300 feet (91 m). In the 1970s, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began restricting downtown building height to maximum of 500 feet (150 m) within a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) radius of San Diego International Airport's single runway.[1][2][a] The tallest building in the city is the 34-story One America Plaza, completed in 1991, which stands 500 feet (150 m) tall.[3]

History[edit]

The history of skyscrapers in San Diego began with the completion of the US Grant Hotel in 1910. The building, at a height of 211 feet (64 m), remained the tallest building in San Diego until 1927, when the El Cortez (San Diego) Hotel at 310 feet (94 m) took its place. The skyscraper's height was surpassed in 1967 by the Union Bank of California Building, which stood as the tallest building for two decades with its height of 388 feet (118 m). In 1989, with a height of 499 feet (152 m), Symphony Towers gained the title, before being passed two years later by One America Plaza. During the 1990s, the city was compared to a "handful of tools in a scarcely stocked toolbox" and a "mouth with a lot of missing teeth".[1] Development in the late 1990s and 2000s led to many new high-rises, mainly residential skyscrapers.[1] Many of these new residential buildings are pairs of twin towers.

As of April 2017, San Diego is ranked 95th in the world and 3rd in California with its 158 high-rises.[4] However, due to the FAA height restriction, none of San Diego's buildings are within the top 100 tallest buildings in the United States. As of April 2017, there are around 10 buildings that have been proposed, approved, or are currently undergoing construction which will join the tallest buildings in San Diego (over 300 feet).[5][6]

San Diego skyline in April 2009

Tallest buildings[edit]

This lists ranks San Diego skyscrapers that stand at least 300 feet (91 m) 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 Coordinates Notes
1 One America Plaza OneAmericaPlaza.jpg 500 (152) 34 1991 32°42′57″N 117°10′7″W / 32.71583°N 117.16861°W / 32.71583; -117.16861 Tallest building in the city; tallest building constructed in the 1990s; tallest building in California outside of Los Angeles and San Francisco [3][7]
2 Symphony Towers SymphonyTowersSanDiegoDec06.jpg 499 (152) 34 1989 32°43′6″N 117°9′28″W / 32.71833°N 117.15778°W / 32.71833; -117.15778 Tallest building constructed in the 1980s[8][9]
3 Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego.jpg 497 (151) 40 1992 32°42′34″N 117°10′4″W / 32.70944°N 117.16778°W / 32.70944; -117.16778 Tallest building on the waterfront on the West Coast[10][11]
4 Pinnacle on the Park 479 (146) 45 2015 32°42′35″N 117°09′03″W / 32.70972°N 117.15083°W / 32.70972; -117.15083 Tallest residential tower in San Diego[12]
5 Electra ElectraSanDiegoApr09.jpg 475 (145) 43 2007 32°42′53″N 117°10′10″W / 32.71472°N 117.16944°W / 32.71472; -117.16944 [13][14]
6 Emerald Plaza EmeraldPlazaSanDiegoApr09.jpg 450 (137) 30 1990 32°42′58″N 117°10′1″W / 32.71611°N 117.16694°W / 32.71611; -117.16694 [15][16]
7 Pinnacle Marina Tower PinnacleMuseumTowerSanDiegoApr09.jpg 450 (137) 36 2005 32°42′39″N 117°9′54″W / 32.71083°N 117.16500°W / 32.71083; -117.16500 [17][18]
8 Manchester Grand Hyatt Seaport ManchesterHotelSeaportTowerSanDiegoApr09.jpg 446 (136) 34 2003 32°42′37″N 117°10′6″W / 32.71028°N 117.16833°W / 32.71028; -117.16833 [19][20]
9 Harbor Club West HarborClubWestTowerSanDiegoApr09.jpg 424 (129) 41 1992 32°42′32″N 117°9′46″W / 32.70889°N 117.16278°W / 32.70889; -117.16278 [21][22]
10 Harbor Club East HarborClubEastTowerSanDiegoApr09.jpg 424 (129) 41 1992 32°42′31″N 117°9′44″W / 32.70861°N 117.16222°W / 32.70861; -117.16222 [23][24]
11 The Grande South at Santa Fe Place GrandeSouthSantaFeSanDiegoApr09.jpg 420 (128) 39 2004 32°43′2″N 117°10′13″W / 32.71722°N 117.17028°W / 32.71722; -117.17028 [25][26]
12 The Grande North at Santa Fe Place GrandeNorthSantaFeSanDiegoApr09.jpg 420 (128) 39 2005 32°43′5″N 117°10′13″W / 32.71806°N 117.17028°W / 32.71806; -117.17028 [27][28]
13 Vantage Pointe Condominium VantagePointeCondoSanDiegoApr09.jpg 420 (128) 41 2009 32°43′6″N 117°9′21″W / 32.71833°N 117.15583°W / 32.71833; -117.15583 [29][30]
14 First Allied Plaza AdvancedEquitiesPlazaSanDiegoApr09.jpg 412 (126) 23 2005 32°42′55″N 117°10′7″W / 32.71528°N 117.16861°W / 32.71528; -117.16861 [31][32]
15 Bayside at the Embarcadero BaysideEmbarcaderoRearSanDiegoApr09.jpg 395 (120) 36 2009 32°43′9″N 117°10′14″W / 32.71917°N 117.17056°W / 32.71917; -117.17056 [33][34]
16 Union Bank of California Building UnionBankCASanDiegoApr09.jpg 388 (118) 27 1969 32°43′2″N 117°9′35″W / 32.71722°N 117.15972°W / 32.71722; -117.15972 Tallest building constructed in the 1960s[35][36]
17 Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.jpg 385 (117) 32 2008 32°42′11″N 117°9′31″W / 32.70306°N 117.15861°W / 32.70306; -117.15861 [37][38]
18 The Mark TheMarkSanDiegoApr09.jpg 381 (116) 33 2007 32°42′40″N 117°9′25″W / 32.71111°N 117.15694°W / 32.71111; -117.15694 [39][40]
19 Sapphire Tower SapphireTowerRearSanDiegoApr09.jpg 380 (116) 32 2008 32°43′6″N 117°10′10″W / 32.71833°N 117.16944°W / 32.71833; -117.16944 [41][42]
20 One Columbia Place FirstNationalBankCenter1SanDiegoApr09.jpg 379 (116) 27 1982 32°43′5″N 117°10′1″W / 32.71806°N 117.16694°W / 32.71806; -117.16694 [43][44]
21 Omni San Diego Hotel OmniHotelSanDiegoApr09.jpg 375 (114) 34 2004 32°42′24″N 117°9′32″W / 32.70667°N 117.15889°W / 32.70667; -117.15889 [45][46][47]
22 Meridian Condominiums MeridianCondosRearSanDiegoApr09.jpg 371 (113) 28 1985 32°42′47″N 117°9′54″W / 32.71306°N 117.16500°W / 32.71306; -117.16500 [48][49]
23 Marriott Hotel and Marina Tower I MarriottHotelTower1SanDiegoApr09.jpg 361 (110) 24 1987 32°42′28″N 117°9′54″W / 32.70778°N 117.16500°W / 32.70778; -117.16500 [50][51]
24 Marriott Hotel and Marina Tower II MarriottHotelTower2SanDiegoApr09.jpg 361 (110) 24 1987 32°42′30″N 117°9′57″W / 32.70833°N 117.16583°W / 32.70833; -117.16583 [52][53]
25 Imperial Bank Tower ImperialBankTowerSanDiegoApr09.jpg 355 (108) 24 1982 32°43′2″N 117°9′28″W / 32.71722°N 117.15778°W / 32.71722; -117.15778 [54][55]
26 Executive Complex ExecutiveComplexSanDiegoApr09.jpg 350 (107) 25 1963 32°42′57″N 117°9′47″W / 32.71583°N 117.16306°W / 32.71583; -117.16306 [56][57]
27 AT&T Building AT&TBuildingSanDiegoApr09.jpg 348 (106) 20 1982 32°42′54″N 117°9′51″W / 32.71500°N 117.16417°W / 32.71500; -117.16417 [58][59]
28 Comerica Bank Building ComerciaBankSanDiegoApri09.jpg 339 (103) 23 1974 32°43′5″N 117°9′31″W / 32.71806°N 117.15861°W / 32.71806; -117.15861 Tallest building constructed in the 1970s[60][61]
29 James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse P521 (2).JPG 333 (101) 16 2012 32°42′54″N 117°9′57″W / 32.71500°N 117.16583°W / 32.71500; -117.16583 [62][63]
30 Wells Fargo Plaza WellsFargoPlazaSanDiegoApr09.jpg 331 (101) 23 1984 32°43′2″N 117°9′38″W / 32.71722°N 117.16056°W / 32.71722; -117.16056 [64][65]
31 El Cortez ElCortezHotelSanDiegoApr09.jpg 310 (94) 16 1927 32°43′12″N 117°9′29″W / 32.72000°N 117.15806°W / 32.72000; -117.15806 Tallest building in San Diego until 1963[66][67]
32 NBC Building NBCBuilding1SanDiegoApr09.jpg 306 (93) 22 1975 32°42′54″N 117°9′44″W / 32.71500°N 117.16222°W / 32.71500; -117.16222 [68][69]

Tallest under construction[edit]

This lists buildings that are under construction in San Diego and are planned to rise at least 300 feet (91 m). Under construction buildings that have already been topped out are also included.

Name Image Height
feet (m)
Floors Year Coordinates Notes
Pacific Gate by Bosa 450 (137) 41 2017 32°47′54″N 117°9′44″W / 32.79833°N 117.16222°W / 32.79833; -117.16222 [70] Topped out
San Diego Central Courthouse 403 (123) 22 2017 32°43′2″N 117°9′58″W / 32.71722°N 117.16611°W / 32.71722; -117.16611 [71]
Ballpark Village 402 (123) 36 2018 [72]
Savina San Diego (Kettner & Ash) 414 (126) 36 2018 32°43′10″N 117°10′10″W / 32.71944°N 117.16944°W / 32.71944; -117.16944 [73][74][75]

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in San Diego (at least 300 feet (91 m) tall) as well as the current tallest building, One America Plaza.

Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Years as tallest Coordinates Reference
El Cortez Hotel El Cortez Apartment Hotel.jpg 310 (94) 16 1927–1963 32°43′12″N 117°9′29″W / 32.72000°N 117.15806°W / 32.72000; -117.15806 [66][67]
Executive Complex ExecutiveComplexSanDiegoApr09.jpg 350 (107) 25 1963–1969 32°42′57″N 117°9′47″W / 32.71583°N 117.16306°W / 32.71583; -117.16306 [56][57]
Union Bank of California Building UnionBankCASanDiegoApr09.jpg 388 (118) 27 1969–1989 32°43′2″N 117°9′35″W / 32.71722°N 117.15972°W / 32.71722; -117.15972 [35][36]
Symphony Towers SymphonyTowersSanDiegoDec06.jpg 499 (152) 34 1989–1991 32°43′6″N 117°9′28″W / 32.71833°N 117.15778°W / 32.71833; -117.15778 [8][9]
One America Plaza OneAmericaPlazaSDSept10.jpg 500 (152) 34 1991–present 32°42′57″N 117°10′7″W / 32.71583°N 117.16861°W / 32.71583; -117.16861 [3][7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Information on the Federal Aviation Administration's reasoning behind building height limitations can be read in their Advisory Circular, AC 150/5190-4A - A Model Zoning Ordinance to Limit Height of Objects Around Airports

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General
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