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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 other cities like Los Angeles and Philadelphia also have entries.

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. Wilshire Grand Center, Los Angeles - 1,099 Feet

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The Wilshire Grand Center was completed on June 23, 2017. Aside from being the tallest building in California, the 73 floor building also holds the distinction of being the tallest building west of the Mississippi and the 10th tallest building in the United States. The building is mixed-use, with uses ranging from a hotel, office space, stores, and an observation deck. The building is home to 900 rooms in total.

9. Comcast Technology Center, Philadelphia - 1,121 Feet

The Comcast Technology Center under construction in Philadelphia in 2017. Editorial credit: Fernando Garcia Esteban / Shutterstock.com.

This 60 floor building is one of the newest skyscrapers in the United States, with its estimated completion date set for 2018. The building's floor space is destined for office spaces, as well as luxury hotel rooms, retail stores, and TV studios. At 1,121, the Comcast Technology Center soars above Philadelphia's skyline, changing the composition of the city.

8. John Hancock Center, Chicago - 1,127 Feet

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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.

7. Aon Center, Chicago - 1,136 Feet

#7 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 7th tallest in the US.

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

#6 Bank of America Tower, New York - 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. 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.

5. Empire State Building, New York - 1,250 Feet

#5 Empire State Building, New York - 1,250 Feet

The Empire State Building, which is iconic in its own right, 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’.

4. Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago - 1,389 Feet

#4 Trump International Hotel and 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. The Trump International Hotel & Tower was originally supposed to be taller - and even soar to the title of the world's tallest - but alternative measures were taken after the World Trade Center Attacks. The construction of this building was completed in 2009, with the skyscraper having a total of 92 floors and a height of 1,389 feet.

3. 432 Park Avenue, New York - 1,396

#3 432 Park Avenue, New York - 1,396

In 2015, New York got a new and notable addition to its sprawling skyline, with the completion of 432 Park Avenue, a residential building. Located on a prime block of New York property, between 56th Street and 57th street on Park Avenue, 432 Park Avenue is not only one of the world's tallest residential buildings, but also one of its most premium. The building houses 104 private condos over 85 floors. Although memorable in appearance, the building is controversial, particularly amongst New York residents, who find its design lacking and its status of a wealth symbolism ostentatious.

2. Willis Tower, Chicago - 1,451 Feet

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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

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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 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.

The Tallest Buildings in the United States

RankNameHeight (feet)City
1One World Trade Center1,776New York City
2Willis Tower1,451Chicago
3432 Park Avenue1,396New York City
4Trump International Hotel and Tower 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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