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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) 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. Another famous Philadelphia skyscraper is One Liberty Place, the city's 2nd-tallest building and the 17th-tallest in the country. 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. Through most of the 20th century, a "gentlemen's agreement" prevented buildings from rising higher than the 548-ft (167-m) Philadelphia City Hall. Despite this, Philadelphia amassed a large collection of high-rise buildings. The completion of One Liberty Place in 1987 broke the agreement, 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, and is currently the world's second-tallest masonry building, only 1.6 feet (0.49 m) shorter than Mole Antonelliana in Turin. 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.
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.
|1||Comcast Center||975 (297)||58||2008||1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd||Tallest building in Pennsylvania; 15th-tallest building in the United States, 74th-tallest in the world; tallest building completed in Philadelphia in the 2000s 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.|
|2||One Liberty Place||945 (288)||61||1987||1650 Market Street||Second-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||Two Liberty Place||848 (258)||58||1990||1601 Chestnut Street||35th-tallest building in the country, 156th-tallest in the world; tallest building completed in Philadelphia in the 1990s|
|4||BNY Mellon Center||792 (241)||54||1990||1735 Market Street||47th-tallest building in the country, 279th tallest building in the world; also known as Nine Penn Center|
|5||Three Logan Square||739 (225)||55||1991||1717 Arch Street||89th-tallest building in the United States; formerly known as Bell Atlantic Tower and Verizon Tower|
|6||G. Fred DiBona Jr. Building||625 (191)||45||1990||1901 Market Street||Formerly known as the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower and the IBX Tower|
|7=||One Commerce Square||565 (172)||41||1992||2001 West Market Street|||
|7=||Two Commerce Square||565 (172)||41||1987||2005 West Market Street|||
|9||Philadelphia City Hall||548 (167)||9||1901||1 Penn Square||Tallest building in the United States and the world from 1901 until the completion of the Singer Building in 1908|
|10||The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton||518 (158)||48||2009||1414 South Penn Square||Tallest residential building in the city|
|11||1818 Market Street||500 (152)||40||1974||1818 Market Street||Tallest building completed in Philadelphia in the 1970s|
|12||The St. James||498 (152)||45||2004||700 Walnut Street||Tallest building located east of Broad Street|
|13||Loews Philadelphia Hotel||492 (150)||36||1932||1200 Market Street||Formerly known as the PSFS Building 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.|
|14||PNC Bank Building||491 (150)||40||1983||1600 Market Street|||
|15=||Centre Square II||490 (149)||40||1973||Market and 15th Streets|||
|15=||Five Penn Center||490 (149)||36||1970||1601 Market Street|||
|17||Murano||475 (145)||43||2008||2101 Market Street|||
|18||One South Broad||472 (144)||28||1932||1 South Broad Street||Formerly known as the Lincoln-Liberty Building and the PNB (Philadelphia National Bank) Building|
|19=||2000 Market Street||435 (133)||29||1973||2000 Market Street|||
|19=||Two Logan Square||435 (133)||35||1987||100 North 18th Street|||
|21||Cira Centre||434 (133)||28||2005||30th and Arch Streets||Tallest building in Philadelphia outside Center CityAlthough once completed the FMC tower will surpass the current Cira Centre.|
|22||1700 Market||430 (131)||32||1968||1700 Market Street||Tallest building completed in the 1960s|
|23||1835 Market Street||425 (130)||29||1986||1835 Market Street||Name was changed from Eleven Penn Center in 2003|
|24||Centre Square I||417 (127)||32||1973||Market and 15th Streets|||
|25||Aramark Tower||412 (126)||32||1984||1101 Market Street||Formerly known as One Reading Center|
|26||Wells Fargo Building||405 (123)||29||1927||123 South Broad Street|||
|27||1706 Rittenhouse||—||401 (122)||31||2011||1706 Rittenhouse Square|||
|28||One Logan Square||—||400 (122)||31||1983||130 North 18th Street|||
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.
|Comcast Innovation and Technology Center||1,121 (341)||59||2017||Approved||Construction 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.|
|Cira Centre South Residential Tower||430 (131)||33||2014||Under construction||Also known as The Evo at Cira Centre South, it will be just about as tall as the current Cira Centre.|
|Cira Centre South Office Tower||656 (200)||47||2016||Site prep||Also known as the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South, it will in fact become the 8th tallest building in Philadelphia. |
|W Hotel & Element by Westin Philadelphia||550 (168)||50||2015||Approved||Directly south of the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. Construction is expected to begin Fall 2013, but has not started? |
|SLS International||567 (172)||47||2016||Proposed||Formerly 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.|
|The Horizon||409 (125)||37||—||Approved|||
|1919 Market||367 Feet||28||—||Site Prep||Directly West of G. Fred DiBona Jr. Building (Blue Cross Tower). Residential and Mixed Retail.|
|Family Court Building||265 Feet||15||—||Under Construction||Across from Love Park and City Hall.|
|38 Chestnut||278 Feet||25||—||Site Prep||Will be directly behind recently completed 2116 Chestnut.|
|3601 Market||320 Feet||28||—||Site Prep|
* Table entries with dashes (—) indicate that information regarding building heights or dates of completion has not yet been released.
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, 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.
|Name||Image||Street address||Years as tallest||Height|
|Independence Hall||520 Chestnut Street||1748–1754||134 (41)||—||Edmund Woolley and Andrew Hamilton|
|Christ Church||20 North American Street||1754–1856||196 (60)||—||Robert Smith|||
|Tenth Presbyterian Church||17th & Spruce Streets||1856–1900||250 (76)||—||John McArthur, Jr.|||
|North American Building||—||121 South Broad Street||1900–1901||267 (81)||21||James H. Windrim|||
|Philadelphia City Hall||Broad & Market Streets||1901–1987||548 (167)||9||John McArthur, Jr.|||
|One Liberty Place||1650 Market Street||1987–2008||945 (288)||61||Helmut Jahn|||
|Comcast Center||1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard||2008–present||975 (297)||57||Robert A. M. Stern Architects|||