The Tallest Building in Every State
From modern skyscrapers to historic state capitols, these are the tallest buildings in each of the 50 states across the country.
Hawaii: First Hawaiian Center
You could easily spend a whole day at the First Hawaiian Center which, at 429 feet, is Hawaii’s tallest building. It houses the Contemporary Art Museum of Honolulu along with thousands of square feet of parks, food shops, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
Idaho: Eighth & Main
What started as “The Hole”—a giant pit in Boise that sat empty for 25 years after a devastating fire—is now Eighth & Main, home to Zions Bank and the state’s tallest building. In its 17 stories, you can find offices, retail shops, restaurants, and even an event room that’s available for the public to rent.
Illinois: Willis Tower
There’s a reason that the observation platform at the 110-story Willis Tower in Chicago is one of the 12 most terrifying: You’ll step out onto the Ledge, which is a glass-bottomed piece that juts dizzyingly out over the city below. If you’re feeling brave, you can purchase Skydeck Chicago tickets for $25 a person.
Indiana: Salesforce Tower
You can’t picture the Indianapolis skyline without the Salesforce Tower, rising up 811 feet with its twin spires. One of the spires is just for decoration while the other is actually a communications antenna. And after checking out the skyscraper, head to nearby Monument Circle for a bite to eat—it made our list of the best picnic spots in every state.
Iowa: 801 Grand
Fun fact: The copper roof on Iowa’s tallest building was supposed to turn green like the Statue of Liberty but because of the Midwest air, it turned a deep brown instead. Now, the 45-story 801 Grand is mostly office space but also is the location of one of Des Moines’s top dining establishments, 801 Chophouse.
Kansas: Epic Center
What is now the 22-story Epic Center was actually supposed to be two Epic Centers (with a shopping mall between them) when it was originally built in 1987 in Wichita. However, officials feared there wouldn’t be enough businesses to fill both towers so they only built one, which is home to a field office of the Secret Service.
Kentucky: 400 West Market
While most buildings as tall as 400 West Market (aka 35 stories) are made of steel, this Louisville skyscraper is made of reinforced concrete. And with its illuminated glass dome, it’s a spectacle to behold, especially from Thanksgiving to New Year’s when it’s lit up in red and green every night.
Louisiana: Hancock Whitney Center
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Formerly One Shell Square, the Hancock Whitney Center towers over New Orleans at 697 feet, which is even taller than Driskill Mountain, Louisiana’s highest peak. However, the office building, which was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2018, is not open to the public for visiting. Fortunately, the most historic landmarks in every state usually are.
Maine: Agora Grand Event Center
Maine’s tallest building is perhaps the most unique in the country—because it’s actually a historic church. The Agora Grand in Lewiston was once St. Patrick’s Church, which was built in 1887 and later renovated to become the stunning wedding venue that it is today. Its highest spire is 220 feet tall.
Maryland: Transamerica Tower
Overlooking Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the 40-story Transamerica Tower is an important building in the history of skyscrapers. That’s because it was one of the first to be built using what was then a never-before-seen method of constructing the central elevator column first and then building the rest of the skyscraper floor by floor.