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Charlotte, the largest city in the U.S. state of North Carolina, is the site of 29 completed high-rises over 300 feet (91 m), 7 of which stand taller than 500 feet (152 m). The tallest building in the city is the Bank of America Corporate Center, which rises 871 feet (265 m) in Uptown Charlotte and was completed in 1992. It also stands as the tallest building in North Carolina and the 33rd-tallest building in the United States. The second-tallest skyscraper in the city is the Duke Energy Center, which rises 786 feet (240 m) and was completed in 2010. The Hearst Tower, completed in 2002 and rising 659 feet (201 m), is the third-tallest building in Charlotte. Nine of the ten tallest buildings in North Carolina are located in Charlotte.

The history of skyscrapers in the city began with the construction of the Independence Building in 1909. This building, rising 186 feet (57 m) and 14 floors, is often regarded as the first skyscraper in Charlotte; despite having been added to the Registered Historic Place in 1978, it was demolished in 1981 to allow for the construction of 101 Independence Center. Charlotte's first building standing more than 492 feet (150 m) tall was the Bank of America Plaza, completed in 1974. There are currently four buildings under construction that are planned to rise at least 197 feet (60 m) or at least 15 floors. Overall, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat ranks Charlotte's skyline (based on existing and under construction buildings over 492 feet (150 m) tall) 4th in the Southeastern United States (after Miami, Atlanta and Sunny Isles Beach), 6th in the Southern United States (after Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Sunny Isles Beach), and 19th in the United States.

Skyline of Charlotte in 2009. The Vue is seen under construction (far left), alongside the Duke Energy Center and 440 South Church (far right)

Tallest buildings

As of April 2019, there are 49 high-rises in Charlotte that stand at least 200 feet (61 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This height includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts.

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Coordinates Notes
1 Bank of America Corporate Center Bank of America Corporate Center.jpg 871 (265.5) 60 1992 35°13′38.3″N 80°50′31.6″W / 35.227306°N 80.842111°W / 35.227306; -80.842111 (Bank of America Corporate Center) 237th-tallest building in the world; 37th-tallest in the United States; Tallest in North Carolina; Tallest between Philadelphia and Atlanta. Tallest building constructed in Charlotte in the 1990s. Tallest office building in the Carolinas.
2 Duke Energy Center 786 (239.7) 48 2010 35°13′26″N 80°50′54.7″W / 35.22389°N 80.848528°W / 35.22389; -80.848528 (Duke Energy Center) 479th-tallest in the world; 62nd-tallest in the United States; 2nd-tallest in North Carolina. Tallest building constructed in Charlotte in the 2010s.
3 Truist Center 659 (200.8) 47 2002 35°13′39.2″N 80°50′26.9″W / 35.227556°N 80.840806°W / 35.227556; -80.840806 (Hearst Tower) 3rd-tallest in North Carolina. Tallest building constructed in Charlotte in the 2000s.
4 Bank of America Tower 632 (193) 35 2019 4th-tallest in North Carolina. The signature building for the Legacy Union project.
5 One Wells Fargo Center 588 (179.2) 42 1988 35°13′25.9″N 80°50′40.3″W / 35.223861°N 80.844528°W / 35.223861; -80.844528 (One Wells Fargo Center) 5th-tallest in North Carolina. Tallest building constructed in Charlotte in the 1980s.
6 The Vue 560 (170.7) 50 2010 35°13′51.6″N 80°50′41.3″W / 35.231000°N 80.844806°W / 35.231000; -80.844806 (The Vue) 6th-tallest in North Carolina. Tallest residential building in the Carolinas.
7 One South at The Plaza 503 (153.3) 40 1974 35°13′35.8″N 80°50′35.8″W / 35.226611°N 80.843278°W / 35.226611; -80.843278 (Bank of America Plaza) 8th-tallest in North Carolina. Tallest building constructed in Charlotte in the 1970s.
8 1 Bank of America Center 484 (147.5) 32 2010 35°13′35.3″N 80°50′26.4″W / 35.226472°N 80.840667°W / 35.226472; -80.840667 (1 Bank of America Center) 9th-tallest in North Carolina.
9 300 South Tryon 463 (141) 25 2017 35°13′33.6″N 80°50′46.3″W / 35.226000°N 80.846194°W / 35.226000; -80.846194 (300 South Tryon) 10th-tallest in North Carolina.
10 121 West Trade 462 (140.8) 32 1990 35°13′38.6″N 80°50′38.6″W / 35.227389°N 80.844056°W / 35.227389; -80.844056 (121 West Trade) 11th-tallest in North Carolina.
11 Three Wells Fargo Center 450 (137.2) 32 2000 35°13′28″N 80°50′46.7″W / 35.22444°N 80.846306°W / 35.22444; -80.846306 (Three Wells Fargo Center) 13th-tallest in North Carolina.
12 Museum Tower 447 (136.3) 42 2017 35°13′29.1″N 80°50′55″W / 35.224750°N 80.84861°W / 35.224750; -80.84861 (Museum Tower) 14th-tallest in North Carolina.
Fifth Third Center 447 (136.3) 30 1997 35°13′43″N 80°50′30.5″W / 35.22861°N 80.841806°W / 35.22861; -80.841806 (Fifth Third Center) 14th-tallest in North Carolina.
14 Two Wells Fargo Center 433 (132) 32 1971 35°13′30.9″N 80°50′42.8″W / 35.225250°N 80.845222°W / 35.225250; -80.845222 (Two Wells Fargo Center) 17th-tallest in North Carolina.
15 Ally Charlotte Center 427 (115.2) 26 2021 - Construction started in December 2016. Reached the 20th floor as of April 2019.
16 Avenue 425 (129.5) 36 2007 35°13′44.7″N 80°50′32.3″W / 35.229083°N 80.842306°W / 35.229083; -80.842306 (Avenue) 19th-tallest in North Carolina.
17 400 South Tryon 420 (128) 32 1974 35°13′29.8″N 80°50′49.6″W / 35.224944°N 80.847111°W / 35.224944; -80.847111 (400 South Tryon) 20th-tallest in North Carolina.
18 Carillon Tower 394 (120.1) 24 1991 35°13′42.6″N 80°50′43.2″W / 35.228500°N 80.845333°W / 35.228500; -80.845333 (Carillon Tower) 23rd-tallest in North Carolina.
19 Charlotte Plaza 388 (118.3) 27 1982 35°13′29.6″N 80°50′35.9″W / 35.224889°N 80.843306°W / 35.224889; -80.843306 (Charlotte Plaza) 25th-tallest in North Carolina.
20 The Ellis 384 (117.0) 33 2021 - 549 apartment units with 20,000 square feet of retail. Construction started August 2018.
21 FNB Tower Charlotte - 365 (111.2) 29 2021 - FNB Corporation anchored building will include 160,000 square feet of office space, and it will also include 215 luxury apartments. Street-level retail space will be anchored by an FNB branch. Ground broke in December 2018.
22 Ascent Uptown 345 (105.1) 33 2017 35°13′38.7″N 80°50′48.9″W / 35.227417°N 80.846917°W / 35.227417; -80.846917 (Ascent Uptown)
23 Catalyst 338 (103) 27 2009 35°13′33.5″N 80°50′53.1″W / 35.225972°N 80.848083°W / 35.225972; -80.848083 (Catalyst)
24 525 North Tryon 330 (100.6) 19 1999 35°13′51.9″N 80°50′17.3″W / 35.231083°N 80.838139°W / 35.231083; -80.838139 (525 North Tryon)
25 TradeMark 325 (99.1) 28 2007 35°13′44.4″N 80°50′44.5″W / 35.229000°N 80.845694°W / 35.229000; -80.845694 (TradeMark)
26 First Citizens Plaza 320 (97.5) 23 1987 35°13′36.7″N 80°50′39.3″W / 35.226861°N 80.844250°W / 35.226861; -80.844250 (First Citizens Plaza)
AC Hotel/Residence Inn Charlotte EpiCentre 320 (97.5) 22 2018 Construction started in 2015. Completed for a spring 2018 opening.
28 The Arlington 310 (94.5) 24 2002 35°13′1.8″N 80°51′9.1″W / 35.217167°N 80.852528°W / 35.217167; -80.852528 (The Arlington) Tallest building outside of Charlotte's downtown.
Skye 310 (94.5) 22 2013 35°13′21.3″N 80°50′27.7″W / 35.222583°N 80.841028°W / 35.222583; -80.841028 (Skye)
30 101 Independence Center 301 (91.8) 22 1983 35°13′39.9″N 80°50′34.1″W / 35.227750°N 80.842806°W / 35.227750; -80.842806 (101 Independence Center)
31 BB&T Center 300 (91.4) 22 1974 35°13′31.4″N 80°50′37.1″W / 35.225389°N 80.843639°W / 35.225389; -80.843639 (BB&T Center)
615 South College 300 (91.4) 19 2017 35°13′17.5″N 80°50′53.3″W / 35.221528°N 80.848139°W / 35.221528; -80.848139 (615 South College)
33 200 South Tryon 299 (91.1) 18 1961 35°13′35.3″N 80°50′40.9″W / 35.226472°N 80.844694°W / 35.226472; -80.844694 (200 South Tryon) Tallest building constructed in Charlotte in the 1960s.
34 The Westin Charlotte 293 (89.3) 25 2003 35°13′18.7″N 80°50′50.1″W / 35.221861°N 80.847250°W / 35.221861; -80.847250 (The Westin Charlotte) Tallest hotel in the Carolinas.
NASCAR Plaza 293 (89.3) 20 2009 35°13′14.2″N 80°50′38.9″W / 35.220611°N 80.844139°W / 35.220611; -80.844139 (NASCAR Plaza)
36 The Hilton Charlotte Center City 292 (89) 22 1990 35°13′26.1″N 80°50′37.6″W / 35.223917°N 80.843778°W / 35.223917; -80.843778 (The Hilton Charlotte Center City)
37 650 S. Tryon 290 (85.1) 18 2020 Second office tower in the Legacy Union development with Deloitte as the anchor tenant.
38 112 Tryon Plaza 280 (85.3) 22 1927 35°13′37.3″N 80°50′37.5″W / 35.227028°N 80.843750°W / 35.227028; -80.843750 (112 Tryon Plaza) Tallest building constructed in Charlotte in the 1920s.
JW Marriott Charlotte - 280 (85.3) 22 2021 - Construction started in December 2018.
40 Element Uptown 279 (84.9) 21 2014 35°13′36.2″N 80°50′56″W / 35.226722°N 80.84889°W / 35.226722; -80.84889 (Element Uptown)
41 Johnston Building 266 (81) 17 1924 35°13′34.7″N 80°50′41.9″W / 35.226306°N 80.844972°W / 35.226306; -80.844972 (Johnston Building)
42 SkyHouse Uptown North Tower 264 (80.5) 24 2015 35°13′56.4″N 80°50′14.8″W / 35.232333°N 80.837444°W / 35.232333; -80.837444 (SkyHouse Uptown North Tower)
SkyHouse Uptown South Tower 264 (80.5) 24 2017 35°13′54.4″N 80°50′17.6″W / 35.231778°N 80.838222°W / 35.231778; -80.838222 (SkyHouse Uptown South Tower)
44 Charlotte Marriott City Center 252 (76.8) 19 1984 35°13′40.6″N 80°50′36.9″W / 35.227944°N 80.843583°W / 35.227944; -80.843583 (Charlotte Marriott City Center)
Uptown 550 252 (76.8) 20 2019
Omni Charlotte Hotel 252 (76.8) 19 1977 35°13′35.3″N 80°50′33.5″W / 35.226472°N 80.842639°W / 35.226472; -80.842639 (Omni Charlotte Hotel)
47 129 West Trade 250 (76.2) 17 1958 35°13′39.8″N 80°50′39.6″W / 35.227722°N 80.844333°W / 35.227722; -80.844333 (129 West Trade) Tallest building constructed in Charlotte in the 1950s.
48 Le Méridien Charlotte 239 (72.8) 18 1973 35°13′2.4″N 80°50′18.7″W / 35.217333°N 80.838528°W / 35.217333; -80.838528 (Le Méridien Charlotte)
Kimpton Tryon Park 239 (72.8) 18 2017 35°13′34.4″N 80°50′47.6″W / 35.226222°N 80.846556°W / 35.226222; -80.846556 (Kimpton Tryon Park Charlotte)
50 Novel Stonewall Station 230 (70.1) 19 2018 Also contains Uptown Charlotte's first full sized grocer: Whole Foods.
51 Ritz-Carlton Charlotte 226 (68.7) 17 2009 35°13′34.1″N 80°50′29.1″W / 35.226139°N 80.841417°W / 35.226139; -80.841417 (Ritz-Carlton Charlotte)
52 440 South Church 212 (64.7) 16 2009 35°13′32.3″N 80°50′55.2″W / 35.225639°N 80.848667°W / 35.225639; -80.848667 (440 South Church)

Tallest under construction

As of February 2020, there are eleven buildings under construction in Charlotte that are planned to rise at least 200 feet (61 m).

Name Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Notes
Charlotte Metro Tower 660 (184.7) 40 2022 Will be leased by Duke Energy. Construction started in May 2019.
Intercontinental Hotel at Belk Place 420 (128.0) 32 On Hold 200 room luxury hotel, construction started in February 2018. Will become the tallest hotel in the Southern United States outside of Atlanta upon completion.
Design Center Tower 345 (105.5) 23 2021 Being constructed across from the Design Center of the Carolinas, will be anchored by Lowe's. Construction started July 2019.
Honeywell Tower 326 (99.3) 23 2021 Construction started in August 2019. The third building as part of the Legacy Union development.
The Line 225 (69.8) 16 2021 Portman developed office tower with retail anchored by Sycamore Brewing and a food hall. Construction is underway as of 2020

Tallest pending construction

These buildings have either been approved, issued permits and awaiting construction or are in planning stages

Name Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Notes
Moxy Hotel 230 (70.1) 20 2021 Construction starting 2020
Carolina Development Tower 37 350 apartments and up to 6,500 square feet of retail space at intersection of North Smith and West 10th streets
110 East 308 (93.8) 23 2023 375,000 square foot office tower with 7,000 square of street level retail at the intersection of South Boulevard and East/West Boulevard. Construction will be starting in the second quarter of 2021.
Third Street and Baldwin Office Tower 299 (91.2) 20 2021 Office tower with planned 240 room hotel near the Cherry and Elizabeth neighborhoods.

Timeline of tallest buildings

Bank of America Corporate Center Charlotte
The Bank of America Corporate Center has been the tallest building in Charlotte since 1991.

Since 1909, the year the first high-rise in the city was constructed, the title of the tallest building in Charlotte has been held by eight high-rises.

Original name Years as tallest Height
ft (m)
Floors Reference(s)
Independence Building 1909–1924 (15 years) 186 (56.7) 14
Johnston Building 1924–1926 (2 years) 266 (81.1) 15
112 Tryon Plaza 1926–1961 (35 years) 280 (85.3) 22
200 South Tryon 1961–1971 (10 years) 299 (91.1) 18
Two Wells Fargo Center 1971–1974 (3 years) 433 (132) 32
Bank of America Plaza 1974–1988 (14 years) 503 (153) 40
One Wells Fargo Center 1988–1991 (3 years) 588 (179.2) 42
Bank of America Corporate Center 1991–present (30 years) 871 (265.5) 60
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