List of tallest buildings in Albuquerque

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Skyline of Albuquerque

This list of tallest buildings in Albuquerque ranks high-rises in the U.S. city of Albuquerque, New Mexico by height. The tallest building in Albuquerque is the 22-story Albuquerque Plaza Office Tower, which rises 351 feet (107 m) and was completed in 1990.[1] It also stands as the tallest building in the state of New Mexico. The third-tallest building in Albuquerque is the Compass Bank Building, which stood as the tallest building in the city and the state from 1966 until 1990.[2] No Albuquerque buildings are among the tallest in the United States at over 700 feet (213 m) tall.[citation needed]

The history of skyscrapers in Albuquerque began with the construction of the First National Bank Building in 1922, which is often regarded as the first skyscraper in New Mexico.[3][4] The building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now a residential tower known officially as "The Bank Lofts".[3] Albuquerque went through a large building boom that lasted from the early 1960s to the early 1990s, during which time 20 of the city's 26 tallest buildings were constructed, including the Albuquerque Plaza complex. Most of Albuquerque's tall buildings are located in either Downtown or Uptown Albuquerque; however, there are some high-rises scattered throughout other areas of the city, including the Bank of the West Tower, which stands as the tallest building outside of Downtown. Overall, Albuquerque has 36 completed high-rise buildings, more than any other city in New Mexico.[5]

Tallest buildings[edit]

Albuquerque Plaza, containing the city's 1st- and 2nd-tallest buildings, as viewed from Civic Plaza
The North elevation of the Compass Bank Building, Albuquerque's 3rd-tallest building
The Albuquerque Petroleum Building, the city's 4th-tallest building
The Bank of the West Tower viewed from the northwest

This lists ranks Albuquerque high-rises that stand at least 135 feet (41 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. 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.

ft / m
1Albuquerque Plaza Office Tower351 / 107221990Tallest building in the state of New Mexico. Tallest building constructed in Albuquerque in the 1990s. Formerly known as the Bank of America Tower.[1][6]
2Hyatt Regency Albuquerque256 / 78211990Tallest all-hotel building in the state.[7][8]
3Compass Bank Building238 / 73181966Tallest building constructed in the city in the 1960s.[2][9][10]
4Albuquerque Petroleum Building235 / 72151986Tallest building constructed in Albuquerque in the 1980s.[11][12]
5Bank of the West Tower213 / 651719632nd tallest building constructed in the 1960s and tallest building in the city located outside of Downtown Albuquerque.[13][14]
6Gold Building203 / 621419613rd tallest building constructed in the 1960s.[15][16][17]
7Dennis Chavez Federal Building197 / 601319654th tallest building constructed in the city in the 1960s.[18][19][20]
8PNM Building184 / 56121974[21]
9Simms Building180 / 551319541st modern high-rise building constructed in Albuquerque.[22]
10Pete V. Domenici United States Courthouse176 / 5471997[23]
11Metropolitan Courthouse175 / 5392003[24]
12Wells Fargo Bank Building174 / 53131973[25][26]
13=Doubletree Hotel166 / 51161975[27][28]
13=Albuquerque Regional Medical Center166 / 51111969Tallest hospital building in New Mexico.[29]
15Park Plaza Condominiums160 / 49141965Tallest residential building in New Mexico.[30]
16One Civic Plaza158 / 48111985[31]
17Albuquerque Marriott156 / 48171982[32]
18Bernalillo County Courthouse154 / 4782001[33]
19City Place150 / 46101980[34]
20Wyndham Albuquerque Hotel147 / 45141972[35]
21=Two Park Square145 / 44101989[36][37]
21=Ameriwest Financial Center145 / 44101985[38][39]
23The Bank Lofts141 / 4391922Formerly known as the First National Bank Building. Tallest building constructed in the city in the 1920s.[40][41]
24=Two Park Central Tower140 / 43101975[42]
24=Veterans Administration Medical Center140 / 4361986[43]
26Hotel Andaluz135 / 41101939Tallest building constructed in Albuquerque in the 1930s.[44][45]

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

The First National Bank Building, now known as "The Bank Lofts", the tallest building in Albuquerque from 1922 until 1954

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Albuquerque. Since 1990, this title has been held by the Albuquerque Plaza Office Tower.

NameStreet addressYears as tallestHeight
ft / m
First National Bank Building[A]217-233 Central Avenue NW1922–1954141 / 439[40]
Simms Building400 Gold Avenue SW1954–1961180 / 5513[22]
Gold Building320 Gold Avenue SW1961–1963203 / 6214[17]
Bank of the West Tower5301 Central Avenue NE1963–1966213 / 6517[13]
Compass Bank Building505 Marquette Avenue NW1966–1990238 / 7318[2][10]
Albuquerque Plaza Office Tower201 Third Street NW1990–present351 / 10722[1]


A. ^ This building was constructed as the First National Bank Building, and is still commonly referred to as such, but is now officially known as "The Bank Lofts".


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  27. ^ "Doubletree Hotel". Emporis. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
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  30. ^ "Park Plaza Condominiums". Emporis. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  31. ^ "One Civic Plaza". Emporis. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  32. ^ "Albuquerque Marriott". Emporis. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  33. ^ "Bernalillo County Courthouse". Emporis. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  34. ^ "City Place". Emporis. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  35. ^ "Wyndham Albuquerque Hotel". Emporis. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  36. ^ "Two Park Square". Emporis. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
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  38. ^ "Ameriwest Financial Center". Emporis. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
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  41. ^ "First National Bank Building". SkyscraperPage. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  42. ^ "Two Park Central Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  43. ^ "Veterans Administration Medical Center". Emporis. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  44. ^ "La Posada de Albuquerque". Emporis. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  45. ^ "Hotel Andaluz". Retrieved 2013-04-26. 

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