Top 10 Tallest Buildings in the United States

In the last century most of the tallest skyscrapers in the world were within the United States, but nowadays, due to the rise of skyscraper construction, US has been surpassed by Asian countries such as China or United Arab Emirates (country where currently is the tallest building in the world -Burj Khalifa-). However, it’s still the country with the largest number of skyscrapers in the western hemisphere and the number of skyscrapers still impresses tourists who travel to the United States each year.

In this occasion I have compiled the list of the 10 tallest buildings in the United States.

One World Trade Center

Clarifications:

1. For this list only the buildings that have been completed until the date of publication of this post have been taken into account. If a building is completed and is among the top 10 tallest buildings in the United States, it will be added to the list as soon as possible.

2. The content has been published on August 5, 2019 and currently has not been updated, please note that the content is based until the date mentioned above; If the content is outdated, please comment to update it in the shortest possible time.

Below is the list of 10 tallest buildings or skyscrapers in the United States.

Skyscrapers in the US: Top 10 Tallest Buildings in the United States

10. Comcast Technology Center

Height: 1,121 ft (341.7 m)
Floors: 60
Building Function: Hotel, Restaurant, Office, Television Studios
Firm: Foster and Partners
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Construction Start: 2014
Completed: 2018

The Comcast Technology Center is a supertall skyscraper in Center City, Philadelphia. The 60-floor building with a height of 1,121 feet is the tallest in the state of Pennsylvania and the 10th tallest in the entire country.

9. 875 North Michigan Avenue

Height: 1,128 ft (343.7 m)
Floors: 100
Building Function: Residential and Office
Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Construction Start: 1965
Completed: 1969

The 875 North Michigan Avenue (also  known as John Hancock Center, Big John and 175 East Delaware Place) is a supertall skyscraper located in Chicago. its name was changed of John Hancock Center to 875 North Michigan Avenue on February 12, 2018.

This is one of the oldest buildings on the list and at the time it was inaugurated in 1969, it became the second tallest building in the world.

8. Aon Center (Chicago)

Height: 1,136 ft (346.3 m)
Floors: 83
Building Function: Office
Firms: Edward Durell Stone & Associates; Perkins+Will
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Construction Start: 1970
Completed: 1973

The Aon Center (formerly called Amoco Building) is a modern supertall skyscraper located in Chicago, Illinois; The building has 83 floors and a height of 1,136 feet. It’s the 8th tallest in the United States and the 3rd in Chicago, surpassed by the Willis Tower and the Trump International Hotel and Tower.

7. Bank of America Tower

Height: 1,200 ft (365.8 m)
Floors: 55
Building Function: Office
Firm: COOKFOX Architects
Location: Manhattan, New York City, New York
Construction Start: 2004
Completed: 2009

The Bank of America Tower (BOAT) is a 1,200-foot supertall skyscraper, located in One Bryant Park, in the Midtown area of Manhattan in New York City. It’s the fifth tallest building in New York City and the 7th tallest in the United States.

As an extra fact, an evaluation of the building carried out in July 2019 valued the building at over $3.5 billion, ranking it among the most valuable office buildings in the city.

6. Empire State Building

Height: 1,250 ft (381 m)
Floors: 102
Building Function: Office
Firm: Shreve, Lamb and Harmon
Location: Manhattan, New York City, New York
Construction Start: 1930
Completed: 1931

The Empire State Building is the oldest building on the list, since its inauguration on May 1, 1930 (almost 90 years ago) it has managed to break several records; among its achievements we can mention: it was the tallest building in the world from 1931 to 1972, tallest man-made structure in the world 1931-1967 and the first building to exceed 100 floors.

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5. 30 Hudson Yards

Height: 1,268 ft (386.6 m)
Floors: 101
Building Function: Office, Observation, Retail
Firm: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Location: Manhattan, New York City, New York
Construction Start: 2014
Completed: 2019

30 Hudson Yards (also known as the North Tower) is a super-tall mixed-use building in the West Side area of Manhattan. The building is part of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project, a plan to rebuild the West Side Yard of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Since its inauguration in April 2019, the skyscraper is the third tallest building in New York City and the fifth in the United States.

The building has a triangular observation platform that protrudes from the 101st floor. This observation deck, at 1,100 feet, is the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, (the 102-story observation deck of the Empire State Building, at 1,224 feet, is enclosed).

4. Trump International Hotel & Tower (Chicago)

Height: 1,389 ft (423.2 m)
Floors: 98
Building Function: Residential and Hotel
Firm: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Construction Start: 2005
Completed: 2009

The Trump International Hotel and Tower is a skyscraper condo-hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The building, named after businessman and the 45th U.S. President Donald Trump, was designed by architect Adrian Smith of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

The Trump International Hotel and Tower was planned to be the tallest building in the world, but the original design underwent several revisions and changes and finally positioned itself as the fourth tallest building in the United States.

3. 432 Park Avenue

Height: 1,397 ft (425.7 m)
Floors: 96
Building Function: Residential
Firm: SLCE Architects, LLP
Location: Manhattan, New York City, New York
Construction Start: 2011
Completed: 2015

432 Park Avenue is a residential skyscraper in New York City that overlooks Central Park. It was originally proposed to have 1,300 feet (396.2 meters) in 2011, however the structure topped out at 1,396 feet (425.5 meters).

The construction was preceded by the demolition of the historic 495-room Drake Hotel and the typical 19th-century New York adjacent houses. 432 Park Avenue is the third tallest building in the United States and the tallest residential building in the world.

2. Willis Tower

Height: 1,451 ft (442.1 m)
Floors: 110
Building Function: Office, Observation, Communication
Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Construction Start: 1970
Completed: 1974

The Willis Tower (colloquially known as Sears Tower, its name for 36 years) is a 110-story, 1,450-foot skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. At the end of its construction in 1973, it surpassed the World Trade Center in New York to become the tallest building in the world, a title it had for almost 25 years; It was also the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere for 41 years, until the new One World Trade Center overcame it in 2014.

The Willis Tower is currently the second tallest building in the United States and the Western Hemisphere, and the 16th tallest in the world. Each year, more than one million people visit its observation deck, the highest in the United States, which makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago.

The building was renamed in 2009 by the Willis Group as a term of its lease.

1. One World Trade Center

Height: 1,776 ft (541.3 m)
Floors: 94
Building Function: Hotel and Office
Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
Location: Manhattan, New York City, New York
Construction Start: 2006
Completed: 2014

The One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the United States with a height of 1,776 feet (541.3 meters). Nowadays there is no building under construction that exceeds it in height, reason why the One World Trade Center will remain as the tallest building in the United States for a long time.

In addition to being the tallest in the United States, it’s also located in the sixth position of the tallest buildings worldwide.

See also: Top 10 Tallest Buildings in the World