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The tallest building by height in the U.S. city of Columbus, Ohio, is the 41-story Rhodes State Office Tower, which rises 629 feet (192 m) and was completed in 1973. The structure is the fifth-tallest completed building in the state, and is also Ohio's tallest building that rises in the center of a city block. The city's second-tallest structure is the LeVeque Tower; this 1927 Art Deco skyscraper was the first building in the state to be built on caisson foundations. Of the 20 tallest buildings in Ohio, nine are located in Columbus.

The history of skyscrapers in Columbus began with the completion in 1901 of 16 East Broad Street, which is regarded as the first high-rise in the city. This structure stands 13 stories and 180 feet (55 m) in height. Columbus went through an early high-rise construction boom in the 1920s, during which time the city saw the completion of the 555-foot (169 m) LeVeque Tower, which stood as the tallest structure in Columbus for 46 years. However, the pace of new high-rise construction then remained slow until 1960; starting in that year, Columbus entered into a large building boom that lasted until 1991. During that time, most of the city's tallest skyscrapers were built, including the Rhodes State Office Tower and the William Green Building. Although no Columbus skyscraper ranks among the tallest in the United States, the city is the site of five skyscrapers at least 492 feet (150 m) high. Based on existing and under-construction buildings over 500 feet (152 m) tall, the skyline of Columbus is ranked first in Ohio, fourth in the Midwest (after Chicago, Minneapolis, and Detroit) and 19th in the country. As of September 2020, there are 96 completed high-rises in the city. Columbus ranks third in the state in high-rise count after Cleveland and Cincinnati, which have 163 and 169 completed high-rises respectively.

Columbus saw very little high-rise construction between 1991 and 2010, with the completion of Fifth Third Center in 1998 and only four other skyscrapers ranking in city's 20 tallest buildings being constructed, the tallest of which is the 314-foot (96 m) Miranova Condominiums (2002), and the 20-story The Condominiums at North Bank Park in 2007.

2011 onward has seen significant high rise development in the downtown and close-in neighborhoods, including the 250 High Building, the Hilton Downtown Columbus/Convention Center, the new Columbia Gas Building in the Arena District, and the Le Meridian Hotel at the Joseph in The Short North. As of 2017, there are numerous new high-rise buildings planned and under construction in the downtown area.

Tallest buildings

This list ranks Columbus buildings that stand at least 180 feet (55 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.

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Coordinates Notes
1 Rhodes State Office Tower Columbus-ohio-rhodes-state-office-tower.jpg 624 (190) 41 1973 39°57′46.3″N 82°59′58″W / 39.962861°N 82.99944°W / 39.962861; -82.99944 (Rhodes State Office Tower) 5th-tallest in Ohio. Tallest building constructed in Columbus in the 1970s. Tallest office building in Columbus. Tallest mid-block building in Ohio.
2 LeVeque Tower LeVeque Tower, Columbus, OH, US crop.jpg 555 (169) 47 1927 39°57′44.5″N 83°0′8.1″W / 39.962361°N 83.002250°W / 39.962361; -83.002250 (LeVeque Tower) 7th-tallest in Ohio. Tallest building constructed in Columbus in the 1920s.
3 William Green Building William Green Building from Rhodes State.jpg 530 (162) 33 1990 39°57′59.6″N 83°0′8.6″W / 39.966556°N 83.002389°W / 39.966556; -83.002389 (William Green Building) 8th-tallest in Ohio. Tallest building constructed in Columbus in the 1990s.
4 Huntington Center Huntington Center, Columbus, OH.jpg 512 (156) 37 1983 39°57′40.2″N 83°0′3.2″W / 39.961167°N 83.000889°W / 39.961167; -83.000889 (Huntington Center) 10th-tallest in Ohio. Tallest building constructed in Columbus in the 1980s.
5 Vern Riffe State Office Tower Vern Riffe State.jpg 504 (154) 33 1989 39°57′37.3″N 83°0′3.7″W / 39.960361°N 83.001028°W / 39.960361; -83.001028 (Vern Riffe Center for Govermnment and the Arts) 11th-tallest in Ohio
6 One Nationwide Plaza One Nationwide from Rhodes State.jpg 485 (148) 40 1976
7 Franklin County Courthouse Franklin County Court House from the SW 1.jpg 464 (141) 27 1991
8 AEP Building AEP building.jpg 456 (139) 31 1983
9 Borden Building Borden Building 01.jpg 438 (134) 34 1974 Also known as the Continental Plaza
10 Three Nationwide Plaza Three Nationwide.jpg 408 (124) 27 1989
11 One Columbus Center Columbus One Columbus Center (US Bank).jpg 366 (112) 26 1987
12 Chase Tower Chase Bank Tower, Columbus, OH - 48310695242.jpg 357 (109) 25 1964 Tallest building constructed in Columbus in the 1960s.
13 Capitol Square Capitol Square skyscraper.jpg 350 (107) 26 1984
14 Continental Center Continental Center from Rhodes State.jpg 348 (106) 26 1973
15 PNC Bank Building PNC Bank Building from Rhodes State.jpg 317 (97) 25 1977
16 Miranova Condominiums Miranova Condominiums 1-crop.jpg 314 (96) 26 2001 Tallest building constructed in Columbus in the 2000s. Tallest residential building in the state of Ohio.
17 Fifth Third Center Columbus Fifth Third Center 02.jpg 302 (92) 25 1998
18 James Cancer Hospital The James Cancer Hospital OSU.jpg 297 (91) 21 2014 Tallest building constructed in Columbus in the 2010s.
19 Franklin County Municipal Court Franklin County Govt Center 02.jpg 288 (88) 19 1979
20 Motorists Mutual Building Encova-Motorists Mutual from Rhodes State.jpg 286 (87) 21 1973
21 Midland Building Midland Building.jpg 280 (85) 21 1970
22 The Condominiums at North Bank Park Condos at North Bank.JPG 267 (81) 20 2007
23= Lincoln Tower Dormitory Lincoln Tower.jpg 260 (79) 26 1967
23= Morrill Tower Dormitory Morrill Tower.jpg 260 (79) 26 1967
24 Hyatt Regency Columbus Hyatt Regency Columbus.jpg 256 (78) 20 1980
25 Key Bank Building Keybankcolumbus.JPG 253 (77) 20 1963
26 Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square Columbus Sheraton.jpg 249 (76) 21 1984
27 Waterford Tower Waterford Tower.jpg ~245 (75) 19 1988
28 Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel from Rhodes State.jpg 243 (74) 16 1961
29 280 Plaza Two Nationwide Plaza building.jpg 242 (74) 18 1982 Also known as Two Nationwide Plaza
30 Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund Building Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund Building.jpg 226 (69) 17 1974 Also known as Town Center or 140 East Town Street
31 8 East Broad Street 008ontheSquare614.JPG 212 (65) 17 1906 Tallest building constructed in Columbus in the 1900s.
32 Grant Medical Center Baldwin Tower Baldwin Tower pre-implosion.jpg ~206 (63) 16 1968 Demolished in 2004.
33 Huntington Building Huntington Bank Building in Columbus.jpg 202 (62) 13 1926
34 Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center Ohio State Office Building 1.jpg 200 (61) 14 1933 Tallest building constructed in Columbus in the 1930s.
35 Columbia Gas of Ohio Building Columbia Gas of Ohio Building.jpg 194 (59) 14 1983
36 16 East Broad Street New Hayden Building.jpg 180 (55) 13 1900

Timeline of tallest buildings

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The LeVeque Tower was the tallest building in Columbus from 1927 to 1973.

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Columbus.

Name Street address Years as tallest Height
ft (m)
Floors Reference
Ohio Statehouse 1 Capitol Square 1857–1901 158 (48) 3
New Hayden Building 16 East Broad Street 1901–1906 180 (55) 13
Capitol Trust Building 8 East Broad Street 1906–1927 212 (65) 17
LeVeque Tower 50 West Broad Street 1927–1973 555 (169) 47
Rhodes State Office Tower 30 East Broad Street 1973–present 629 (192) 41

Buildings proposed, under construction, or envisioned

Under construction

Name Street address Completion year (est.) Height
ft (m)
Floors Notes
Hilton Columbus Downtown Tower 402 North High Street 2022 380 (116) 28

Announced, approved and current proposals

Name Street address Completion year (est.) Height
ft (m)
Floors Status Notes
North Market mixed-use development 02.059 Spruce St TBA TBA 28 Proposed
Millennial Tower 02.0247 South Front Street 2023 380 (116) 28 Proposed
Fourth and Rich TBD (Downtown) TBD 173 (53) 15 Proposed
Harmony Tower TBD (Downtown) 2023 TBD 33 Proposed
Wexner Medical Center Inpatient Hospital TBD (OSU campus) 2026 TBD 26 Proposed

Envisioned and past proposals

Name Street address Completion year (est.) Floors Status Notes
COSI Tower 1 N/A (Franklinton) N/A 30 Envisioned Considered for a future phase of the Scioto Peninsula development
COSI Tower 2 N/A (Franklinton) N/A 30 Envisioned Considered for the Scioto Peninsula development
Capitol Tower Place N/A (Downtown) 1990 42 Past project
A. New York has 282 completed buildings at least 492 feet (150 m), Chicago has 126, Miami has 53, Houston has 39, Los Angeles has 26, San Francisco has 25, Seattle has 21, Dallas has 20, Boston has 20, Atlanta has 17, Las Vegas has 14, Philadelphia has 13, Jersey City has 11, Pittsburgh has 10, Minneapolis has 9, Detroit has 8, Denver has 8, Charlotte has 7, Austin has 5, and Columbus has 5.
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