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10 Tallest Buildings in the US

The immense skyscrapers of New York City and Chicago dominate this top ten list, though Atlanta does sneak in to score one for the South.

Over the years, the United States has been home, and is home still, to some of the world's tallest buildings and most iconic skyscrapers. Eleven outstanding American buildings have managed to be recognized as ranking amongst the tallest buildings in the world. New York City specifically stands out as having 9 of the world's tallest buildings found in and around it. Chicago and New York City have always been the major focal pints of the American skyscraper building sector, and remain as such today. After considering factors like the highest occupied floors, actual building height, and observation deck elevations, we have listed the 10 tallest buildings in the US.

10. Bank of America Plaza, Atlanta - 1,023 Feet

#10 Bank of America Plaza, Atlanta - 1,023 Feet

The Bank of America Plaza, which has 55 floors and an actual height of 1,023 feet, was completed in the year 1992. It is the tallest building in the Southern United States and the state of Georgia, making it an icon of the skyline of Atlanta. During the 1990s, the Bank of America Plaza was the tallest building constructed in the US. The building took approximately 14 months to complete, and is the 87th tallest building worldwide today. Most of the Bank of America Plaza's top area is gold coated, causing the skyscraper to glow splendidly in sunlight.

9. New York Times Tower, New York City - 1,046 Feet

#9 New York Times Tower, New York City - 1,046 Feet

The New York Times Tower, which is owned in majority by The New York Times Company, was completed in the year 2007. The tall building stands at 1,046 feet tall and has a total of 52 floors. It is the 60th tallest building worldwide, and is designed with a variety of features geared towards increasing its energy efficiency. The overall construction of the tower was done jointly by ING Real Estate, the New York Times Company, and the Forest City Ratner. Some of the building's most unique features include sensor-controlled mechanized shades that respond to changes in daylight, and a fully glazed curtain wall with a ‘low-e glass’ for maximizing natural light utilization.

8. Chrysler Building, New York City - 1,046 Feet

#8 Chrysler Building, New York City - 1,046 Feet

The Chrysler Building, which was completed in 1930, has 77 floors and stands at a height of 1046 feet. It is the 59th tallest building worldwide, and was the first building to reach over 1,000 feet in height. The Chrysler Building is considered to be a leading example of the unique Art-Deco Architecture. The building which is constructed mainly of metal cladding and masonry is the oldest skyscraper in the United states. In the year 1976, the Chrysler Building was declared a National Historic Landmark. Although the building has an internal skeleton made of steel, most of it is made of brick.

7. John Hancock Center, Chicago - 1,128 Feet

#7 John Hancock Center, Chicago - 1,128 Feet

The John Hancock Center, although initially beginning to be built in 1965, underwent major renovations in the year 1995. It is the 4th tallest building in Chicago, and the 38th tallest building in the world. The building, which was completed in the year 1969, was constructed under the close supervision of structural engineer Fazlur Khan, and architectural designer Bruce Graham of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The John Hancock Center has 100 floors and stands at 1,127 feet tall. The building is home to many popular restaurants and offices as well as over 700 condominiums. The ‘Big John’ is the popular nickname used to refer to this building.

6. Aon Center, Chicago - 1,136 Feet

#6 Aon Center, Chicago - 1,136 Feet

The Aon Center building, located in Chicago, Illinois, stands at a height of 1,136 feet and consists of 83 floors. The Aon Center was designed jointly by The Perkins and Will Partnership and Edward Durell Stone firms. The building, which was previously known as the 'Standard Oil Building,' was completed in the year 1974. During its construction, it became the world's tallest marble-clad building, as it was entirely sheathed with over 43,000 slabs of pure Italian Carrara marble. This interestingly designed modern skyscraper is the 3rd tallest building in Chicago and the 6th tallest in the US.

5. Bank of America Tower, New York City - 1,200 Feet

#5 Bank of America Tower, New York City - 1,200 Feet

The Bank of America Tower, which stands at 1,200 feet and has approximately 154 floors, was completed in the year 2009. It is the 28th tallest building in the world, and the 3rd tallest in New York City. The unique project, which cost over $1 billion total, was designed by the popular COOKFOX Architects with the aim of becoming the world's most ecologically friendly and efficient building. In 2010, the unique tower was awarded by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat with the prestigious "2010 Best Tall Building Americas Award." The Bank of America Tower is currently owned by the Bank of America. The Bank of America Tower is also a unique tower in that it was made using recycled materials, and has been designed to handle a variety of natural disasters.

4. Empire State Building, New York City - 1,250 Feet

#4 Empire State Building, New York City - 1,250 Feet

The Empire State Building, which is the 28th tallest building in the world and the 4th tallest in the US, is the 2nd oldest skyscraper in the world. It was the world's first building to contain more than 100 floors, and was also the world's tallest building from 1931 until 1972. The 102-story skyscraper is currently owned by the Empire State Reality Trust, and is located in Midtown Manhattan. The Empire State Building recently completed an extensive renovation totaling $500 million, with around $120 Million being spent on transforming the building into a more environmentally-friendly and energy efficient structure. This unique building, which is generally thought of as an American cultural icon, stands at 1,250 feet tall. It has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Modern World’.

3. Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago - 1,389 Feet

#3 Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago - 1,389 Feet

Trump International Hotel & Tower is also commonly referred to by the names 'Trump Tower” and “Trump Tower Chicago”. The skyscraper, which is also a condominium-hotel, is located in downtown Chicago, and is named after Donald Trump, a candidate for the 2016 US presidential elections and billionaire real estate developer. The Trump International Hotel & Tower was originally planned to become the world's tallest building, but alternative measures were taken after the World Trade Center Attacks. The construction of the world's 14th tallest building was completed in 2009, with the skyscraper having a total of 92 floors and a height of 1,389 feet.

2. Willis Tower, Chicago - 1,451 Feet

#2 Willis Tower, Chicago - 1,451 Feet

The Willis Tower, which has approximately 110 floors and an actual height of 1,451 feet, was formerly known as the Sears Tower, although some people currently prefer calling it by that name still. Willis Tower was completed in the year 1973, surpassing the World Trade Center Towers during completion to become the world's tallest building at that time. It held that prestigious title for almost 25 years. The Willis Tower is the 13th tallest building in the world, and the 2nd tallest building in the United States. The building, which is located in Chicago, Illinois, is a popular tourist destination as well, attracting over one million visitors on its observation deck annually. Willis Tower was designed by Roebuck and Company.

1. One World Trade Center, New York City - 1,776 Feet

#1 One World Trade Center, New York City - 1,776 Feet

Taking first place as the tallest building in the US is the One World Trade Center, with an actual height of 1,776 feet. The building, which is located in New York City, was completed in the year 2014 to become the 6th tallest building in the world. This 104-story structure also happens to share a strikingly similar name with the original World Trade Center's North Tower, which was destroyed during the infamous September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. One World Trade Center, which is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere was designed by David Childs, who owns the firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), which is also responsible for designing the Willis Tower and the Burj Khalifa. The building was constructed to the height of 1,776 feet, in recognition of the year of the signing of the US Declaration of Independence.

Tallest Buildings in the US

RankNameHeight (feet)City
1One World Trade Center1,776New York City
2Willis Tower1,451Chicago
3432 Park Avenue1,396New York City
4Trump International Hotel and Tower (Chicago)1,389Chicago
5Empire State Building1,250New York City
6Bank of America Tower1,200New York City
7Aon Center1,136Chicago
8John Hancock Center1,127Chicago
93 World Trade Center1,079New York City
10Chrysler Building1,046New York City
11The New York Times Building1,046New York City
12Bank of America Plaza1,023Atlanta
13U.S. Bank Tower1,018Los Angeles
14Franklin Center1,007Chicago
15One571,005New York City
16JPMorgan Chase Tower1,002Houston
17Two Prudential Plaza995Chicago
18Wells Fargo Plaza992Houston
19Four World Trade Center977New York City
20Comcast Center975Philadelphia
21Columbia Center967Seattle
22311 South Wacker Drive961Chicago
2370 Pine Street952New York City
24Key Tower947Cleveland
25One Liberty Place945Philadelphia

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