List of tallest buildings in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia skyline as seen from the old South Street Bridge in November 2007

This list of tallest buildings in Philadelphia ranks skyscrapers in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by height. The tallest building in the city is currently the 57-story Comcast Center, which at 975 feet (297 meters)[1] is currently the 14th-tallest building in the United States. It was topped out on June 18, 2007, to become the tallest building in the city and the state. The new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will surpass this tower by a few hundred feet. (1,121) It will become the 8th largest building in the country outside of New York and Chicago. It will also become the first building in P.A. to reach over 1,000 feet. Construction is expected to begin sometime in the summer of 2014.[2] Another famous Philadelphia skyscraper is One Liberty Place, the city's 2nd-tallest building and the 17th-tallest in the country.[3] and was Philly's tallest for 20 years. Six of the ten tallest buildings in Pennsylvania are in Philadelphia, with the remainder being in Pittsburgh.

Philadelphia's history of tall buildings is generally thought to begin with the 1754 addition of the steeple to Christ Church, which was one of America's first high-rise structures.[4] Through most of the 20th century, a "gentlemen's agreement" prevented buildings from rising higher than the 548-ft (167-m) Philadelphia City Hall.[5] Despite this, Philadelphia amassed a large collection of high-rise buildings. The completion of One Liberty Place in 1987 broke the agreement,[5] and Philadelphia has since seen the construction of eight skyscrapers that eclipse City Hall in height.

Philadelphia has twice held the tallest habitable building in North America, first with Christ Church, then with City Hall. The latter reigned as the world's tallest building from 1901 to 1908,[6] and is currently the world's second-tallest masonry building, only 1.6 feet (0.49 m) shorter[7] than Mole Antonelliana in Turin.[8] Like other large American cities, Philadelphia went through a massive building boom in the 1970s and 1980s, resulting in the completion of over 20 high-rise buildings. The city is the site of 15 skyscrapers at least 492 feet (150 m) tall. Philadelphia now is one of only four American cities with two or more buildings over 900 feet (270 m) tall.[9]

Tallest buildings[edit]

This lists ranks completed and topped out skyscrapers in Philadelphia that stand at least 400 feet (120 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. The only demolished building that would have ranked on this list was the 492-foot (150 m) One Meridian Plaza, razed in 1999.[10]

ft (m)
1Comcast CenterComcast Philly.JPG975 (297)5820081701 John F. Kennedy BlvdTallest building in Pennsylvania; 15th-tallest building in the United States, 74th-tallest in the world; tallest building completed in Philadelphia in the 2000s[1][11][12] Tallest building between New York and Chicago and between New York and Atlanta. Tallest building in the Mid-Atlantic region. Keep in mind the the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center'' will surpass the current Comcast center by a few hundred feet. This super tall tower will be standing at 1,121 feet. And will be the 8th tallest building in the country, and the tallest building outside of New York, and Chicago.
2One Liberty PlaceOne liberty place.JPG945 (288)6119871650 Market StreetSecond-tallest skyscraper in the city and state; 20th-tallest building in the country, 84th-tallest in the world; tallest building completed in Philadelphia in the 1980s[3][13][14]
3Two Liberty PlaceLiberty2.JPG848 (258)5819901601 Chestnut Street35th-tallest building in the country, 156th-tallest in the world; tallest building completed in Philadelphia in the 1990s[15][16][17]
4BNY Mellon CenterBNY Mellon Center (Philadelphia) cropped.jpg792 (241)5419901735 Market Street47th-tallest building in the country, 279th tallest building in the world; also known as Nine Penn Center[18][19][20]
5Three Logan SquareBell atlantic tower.jpg739 (225)5519911717 Arch Street89th-tallest building in the United States; formerly known as Bell Atlantic Tower and Verizon Tower[21][22][23][24]
6G. Fred DiBona Jr. BuildingG. Fred DiBona Jr. Building cropped.jpg625 (191)4519901901 Market StreetFormerly known as the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower and the IBX Tower[25][26][27]
7=One Commerce SquareCommerce Square cropped.jpg565 (172)4119922001 West Market Street[28][29]
7=Two Commerce SquareCommerce Square cropped.jpg565 (172)4119872005 West Market Street[29][30]
9Philadelphia City HallPhiladelphia-CityHall-2006.jpg548 (167)919011 Penn SquareTallest building in the United States and the world from 1901 until the completion of the Singer Building in 1908[31][32]
10The Residences at The Ritz-CarltonResidences at Ritz carlton philly.jpg518 (158)4820091414 South Penn SquareTallest residential building in the city[33][34][35]
111818 Market Street1818 Market Street, Philly.jpg500 (152)4019741818 Market StreetTallest building completed in Philadelphia in the 1970s[36][37]
12The St. JamesThe St James Building Philadelphia.JPG498 (152)452004700 Walnut StreetTallest building located east of Broad Street[38][39]
13Loews Philadelphia HotelPSFSBuilding1985.jpg492 (150)3619321200 Market StreetFormerly known as the PSFS Building[40] Tallest hotel in the city. With its antenna, the building reaches a height of 750 feet (229 m), making it the 5th-tallest building in the city.[41][42][43]
14PNC Bank BuildingWTP D10 AMP 1.jpg491 (150)4019831600 Market Street[44][45]
15=Centre Square IICentresquarephillypa.jpg490 (149)401973Market and 15th Streets[46][47]
15=Five Penn CenterFive Penn Center.jpg490 (149)3619701601 Market Street[48][49]
17MuranoMurano complete.jpg475 (145)4320082101 Market Street[50][51][52]
18One South BroadOne south broad.jpg472 (144)2819321 South Broad StreetFormerly known as the Lincoln-Liberty Building and the PNB (Philadelphia National Bank) Building[53][54]
19=2000 Market StreetWTP D02 Techserv 1.jpg435 (133)2919732000 Market Street[55][56]
19=Two Logan SquareTwo Logan Square.jpg435 (133)351987100 North 18th Street[57][58]
21Cira CentreCira Centre, Philadelphia-east-2.JPG434 (133)28200530th and Arch StreetsTallest building in Philadelphia outside Center CityAlthough once completed the FMC tower will surpass the current Cira Centre.[59][60]
221700 MarketWTP D01 Techserv 1.jpg430 (131)3219681700 Market StreetTallest building completed in the 1960s[61][62]
231835 Market StreetWTP D13 Techserv 1.jpg425 (130)2919861835 Market StreetName was changed from Eleven Penn Center in 2003[63][64]
24Centre Square ICentresquarephillypa.jpg417 (127)321973Market and 15th Streets[65][66]
25Aramark TowerAramark Tower Philadelphia.JPG412 (126)3219841101 Market StreetFormerly known as One Reading Center[67][68]
26Wells Fargo BuildingWachovia Building Philadelphia.JPG405 (123)291927123 South Broad Street[69][70]
271706 Rittenhouse401 (122)3120111706 Rittenhouse Square[71][72]
28One Logan Square400 (122)311983130 North 18th Street[73][74]

Tallest approved and proposed[edit]

The Murano under construction in October 2007

This lists buildings that are proposed for construction in Philadelphia and are planned to rise at least 400 feet (120 m). A floor count of 40 stories is used as the cutoff for buildings whose heights have not yet been released by their developers.

ft (m)
Comcast Innovation and Technology Center1,121 (341)592017ApprovedConstruction is expected to begin in summer 2014. This will be the tallest building in Philadelphia, and the 8th tallest in the country outside of New York and Chicago.[75]
Cira Centre South Residential Tower430 (131)332014Under constructionAlso known as The Evo at Cira Centre South, it will be just about as tall as the current Cira Centre.[76][77][78]
Cira Centre South Office Tower 656 (200)472016Site prepAlso known as the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South, it will in fact become the 8th tallest building in Philadelphia. [79][80][81]
W Hotel & Element by Westin Philadelphia550 (168)502015ApprovedDirectly south of the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. Construction is expected to begin Fall 2013, but has not started? [82][83]
SLS International567 (172)472016ProposedFormerly known as Avenue Place; construction is expected to begin Summer 2014, and will be constructed along broad street and should effect the Philadelphia skyline from broad.[84]
The Horizon409 (125)37Approved[85][86]
1919 Market367 Feet28Site PrepDirectly West of G. Fred DiBona Jr. Building (Blue Cross Tower). Residential and Mixed Retail.
Family Court Building265 Feet15Under ConstructionAcross from Love Park and City Hall.
38 Chestnut278 Feet25Site PrepWill be directly behind recently completed 2116 Chestnut.
3601 Market320 Feet28Site Prep

* Table entries with dashes (—) indicate that information regarding building heights or dates of completion has not yet been released.

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

Philadelphia has seen few city record-holders compared to other cities with comparable skylines. Although churches, cathedrals, and the like are not technically considered to be skyscrapers, Christ Church, after being surmounted with its lofty spire in 1754, stood as its tallest building for over 100 years. Then, due to the "gentlemen's agreement" not to build higher than the top of the statue of William Penn atop City Hall,[5] that building stood as the city's tallest structure for 86 years; it also held the world record for tallest habitable building from 1901 until the 1908 completion of the Singer Building in New York City.

NameImageStreet addressYears as tallestHeight
ft (m)
Independence HallAmer0024 - Flickr - NOAA Photo Library.jpg520 Chestnut Street1748–1754134 (41)Edmund Woolley and Andrew Hamilton
Christ ChurchChrist Church Philadelphia 1876.jpg20 North American Street1754–1856196 (60)Robert Smith[4][87]
Tenth Presbyterian ChurchTenth pres 17-spruce.jpg17th & Spruce Streets1856–1900250 (76)John McArthur, Jr.[88]
North American Building121 South Broad Street1900–1901267 (81)21James H. Windrim[89]
Philadelphia City HallCity Hall Philadelphia.jpgBroad & Market Streets1901–1987548 (167)9John McArthur, Jr.[31][90]
One Liberty PlaceLiberty place.jpg1650 Market Street1987–2008945 (288)61Helmut Jahn[3][91]
Comcast CenterComcast Philly.JPG1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard2008–present975 (297)57Robert A. M. Stern Architects[1][11]

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