The history of skyscrapers in Atlanta began with the completion in 1892 of the Equitable Building. The city later went through a major building boom that began in the 1980s and continued until the mid-1990s; the majority of the city's skyscrapers, including its four tallest, have all been completed since 1985. Overall, Atlanta is the site of 15 completed buildings that are at least 492 feet (150 m) high. As of 2012[update], the skyline of Atlanta is ranked second in the Southeastern United States (behind Miami), seventh in the United States and 30th in the world with 56 buildings rising at least 330 feet (100 m) in height. Of the 20 tallest buildings in Georgia, 18 are located in Atlanta; the other two, Concourse Corporate Center V & VI are located in the neighboring city of Sandy Springs and stand as the tallest suburban buildings in the country.
As of 2012[update], there are several active high-rise developments that are under construction or proposed for construction in the city. The largest of these proposals is TWELVE Midtown, which, at 746 feet (227 m), would rank as the new fifth-tallest building in the city if completed as planned. A second skyscraper development in the city is 50 Allen Plaza, a 501-foot (153 m) tower that was approved for construction in 2008; the project, however, was put on-hold in 2010 following the late-2000s recession. Overall, as of August 2012[update], there were 43 high-rise buildings under construction or proposed for construction in Atlanta.
The Equitable Building, completed in 1892, is generally regarded as the first high-rise in the city. Atlanta went through a major building boom from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, during which the city saw the completion of 11 of its 30 tallest buildings, including the Bank of America Plaza, SunTrust Plaza, One Atlantic Center, and 191 Peachtree Tower. Atlanta entered another high-rise construction boom in the early 2000s. The city has since seen the completion of 13 buildings that rise over 400 feet (122 m) in height, including 3344 Peachtree, the tallest structure in Buckhead at 665 feet (203 m); it was topped out in October 2007 and completed in 2008.
Several of the downtown buildings were damaged in a major tornado in March 2008, scattering glass from several hundred feet. It took workers several days to clean the buildings and remove all of the loose shards of glass from the skyscrapers. No structural damage was reported, and by late 2010 each skyscraper had all of its windows replaced. Window blinds and other office objects from the tall buildings were found as far away as Oakland Cemetery.
This list ranks Atlanta skyscrapers that stand at least 400 feet (122 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. 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.
104th-tallest building in the U.S. Stood as the tallest all-hotel building in the world from 1976 until 1977. Radio antenna on the building's roof increases its total height to 883 feet (269 m), making it the 3rd-tallest building in the city when measuring by pinnacle height. Tallest building constructed in Atlanta in the 1970s.
^"J. Mack Robinson College of Business Administration". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-05-15. Note that this reference states that the building was the tallest in the city through 1906; however sources for the Fourth National Bank building clearly show that the Bank building was at 16 stories, the tallest in the South in 1905.