List of tallest buildings in Iowa

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Skyline of Des Moines

This list of tallest buildings in Iowa ranks skyscrapers and monuments in the US state of Iowa by height.

Tallest buildings[edit]

Rank Name Image Height

ft (m)

Floors Year City Notes
1 801 Grand (previously The Principal Building) 801 Grand, since 1991 the tallest building in Des Moines and Iowa 630 (192) 45 1991 Des Moines Office
2 Ruan Center Ruan Center, from 1975 until 1991 the tallest building in Des Moines 460 (140) 36 1975 Des Moines Office
3 Des Moines Marriott Hotel Des Moines Marriott Hotel 365 (111) 33 1981 Des Moines Hotel
4 Financial Center Financial Center, from 1973 until 1975 the tallest building in Des Moines 345 (105) 25 1973 Des Moines Office
5 Plaza Building The Plaza Building 340 (104) 25 1985 Des Moines Residential
6 HUB Tower HUB Tower 325 (99) 25 1986 Des Moines Office
7 EMC Insurance Building EMC Insurance Building 325 (99) 19 1997 Des Moines Office
8 Equitable Building The Equitable Building, from 1924 until 1973 the tallest building in Des Moines 318 (97) 19 1924 Des Moines Residential
9 Alliant Tower 285 (87) 21 1972 Cedar Rapids Office
10 Bank of America Building 280 (85) 16 1966 Des Moines Office
11 Iowa State Capitol The State Capitol, from 1984 until 1924 the tallest building in Des Moines 275 (84) 4 1884 Des Moines Government
12 Qwest Complex 273 (83) 15 1928 Des Moines Office
13 Wells Fargo Building Wells Fargo Bank Davenport, Iowa.jpg 255 (77) 19 1927 Davenport Office/Residential
14 Register & Tribune Building 243 (74) 14 1916 Des Moines Office
15 Iowa Reality Tower 237 (72) 25 1974 Cedar Rapids Residential/Office
16 MidAmerican Building Mid-American Energy Bldg, Davenport, Iowa.jpg 220 (67) 15 1995 Davenport Office
17 Plaza 425 ''(previously the APAC Building)'' 207 (63) 14 1983 Cedar Rapids Office

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

This list shows which buildings have been the tallest in Iowa since 1884.

Years as Tallest Name Height

ft (m)

Floors
1884–1924 Iowa State Capitol 275 (84) n/a
1924–1973 Equitable Building 318 (97) 19
1973–1975 Financial Center 345 (105) 25
1975–1991 Ruan Center 460 (140) 36
1991–Present 801 Grand 630 (192) 45

Tall buildings prior to 1884[edit]

Ladies' College Building, Davenport, 1856, later Mount Ida Female College.
Mount Ida Female College in 1858, after dome was added.

There does not seem to have been any effort to document the tallest building in Iowa prior to the construction of the State Capitol in 1884. This list shows buildings which may have been the tallest in Iowa prior to 1884, excluding church steeples.

Years as Tallest Name Height

ft (m)

Floors
1840–1856 Old Capitol, Iowa City 114 (35) n/a
1856–1884 Shot Tower, Dubuque 120 (37) 10

Other early tall building include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nathan Howe Parker, Iowa as it is in 1856: a gazetteer for citizens, 1856
  2. ^ Wilkie, Franc B. (1858), Davenport, past and present
  3. ^ Jackson, Donald (1958) "Old Fort Madison 1808–1813." Palimpsest 39(1).