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Raleigh, the second largest city in North Carolina, is home to 57 completed high-rise buildings, 14 of which stand taller than at least 250 feet (76 m) and 22 which stand taller than at least 200 ft. The tallest building in Raleigh is the 32-story PNC Plaza, which rises 538 feet (164 m) tall and was completed in 2008. It also stands as the tallest building in the state of North Carolina outside Charlotte. The second-tallest skyscraper in the city is Two Hannover Square, which rises 431 feet (131 m) and was completed in 1991. The Wells Fargo Capitol Center, completed in 1990, is Raleigh's third tallest building, rising at 400 feet (122 m). Overall, of the 20 tallest buildings in North Carolina, three are located in Raleigh. The history of skyscrapers in Raleigh began with the completion of the North Carolina State Capital in 1840.

Tallest buildings

This list ranks Raleigh skyscrapers, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed.

Rank Name Image Height
ft / m
Floors Year Coordinates Primary Purpose Notes
1 PNC Plaza PNC Plaza Raleigh.JPG 538 / 164 32 2008 35°46′37.0″N 78°38′19.4″W / 35.776944°N 78.638722°W / 35.776944; -78.638722 Office/Residential Previously known as RBC Plaza; was the U.S. headquarters of RBC Bank. Tallest building in North Carolina outside of Charlotte. Tallest building built in Raleigh in the 2000s.
2 Two Hannover Square 431 / 131 29 1991 35°46′28.4″N 78°38′24.5″W / 35.774556°N 78.640139°W / 35.774556; -78.640139 Office Commonly referred to as the "BB&T Tower". Tallest building in Raleigh from 1991-2008.
3 Wells Fargo Capitol Center 400 / 122 30 1990 35°46′27.6″N 78°38′24.6″W / 35.774333°N 78.640167°W / 35.774333; -78.640167 Office Formerly known as First Union Capitol Center and Wachovia Capitol Center. Tallest building in Raleigh from 1990-1991.
4 FNB Tower (Charter Square North) 287 / 88 22 2019 35°46′25.9″N 78°38′21.3″W / 35.773861°N 78.639250°W / 35.773861; -78.639250 Office/Residential Regional headquarters of First National Bank. Includes 239 apartments. Formerly known as Charter Square North.
5 One Progress Plaza 277 / 84 21 1977 35°46′37.5″N 78°38′20.2″W / 35.777083°N 78.638944°W / 35.777083; -78.638944 Office Tallest building in Raleigh from 1977-1990.
6 Skyhouse Raleigh SkyHouse Raleigh looking east during sunrise 264 / 81 23 2014 35°46′36.9″N 78°38′13.4″W / 35.776917°N 78.637056°W / 35.776917; -78.637056 Residential Tallest apartment building in Raleigh.
7= Captrust Tower (NH Tower 1) 260 / 79 17 2009 35°50′13.6″N 78°38′23.5″W / 35.837111°N 78.639861°W / 35.837111; -78.639861 Office Tallest building in North Hills, tallest building not in Downtown until Walter Tower is completed.
7= Bank of America Tower (NH Tower 2) Bank of America Building at sunset 260 / 79 18 2016 35°50′17.7″N 78°38′26.0″W / 35.838250°N 78.640556°W / 35.838250; -78.640556 Office Equal to the Captrust Tower, tallest building in North Hills until Walter Tower is completed.
9 Wake County Justice Center 258 / 79 11 2013 35°46′37.0″N 78°38′25.8″W / 35.776944°N 78.640500°W / 35.776944; -78.640500 Office
10 Red Hat Tower 251 / 77 19 2004 35°46′29.3″N 78°38′16.4″W / 35.774806°N 78.637889°W / 35.774806; -78.637889 Office Previously the headquarters of Progress Energy; is now the headquarters of Red Hat;
11 The Dillon The Dillon, 2017 250 / 76 17 2018 35°46′42.4″N 78°38′43.3″W / 35.778444°N 78.645361°W / 35.778444; -78.645361 Residential Tallest building in the Warehouse District.
12 Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown 239 / 73 20 1969 35°46′51.7″N 78°38′38.2″W / 35.781028°N 78.643944°W / 35.781028; -78.643944 Hospitality Tallest Hotel in Raleigh. Tallest building in Raleigh from 1969-1977.
13= Charter Square South 215 / 66 11 2015 35°46′24.5″N 78°38′20.0″W / 35.773472°N 78.638889°W / 35.773472; -78.638889 Office Platinum LEED certified.
13= Wake County Public Safety Center 215 / 66 17 1991 35°46′34.3″N 78°38′26.1″W / 35.776194°N 78.640583°W / 35.776194; -78.640583 Office
13= One Hannover Square 215 / 66 17 1985 35°46′28.5″N 78°38′19.7″W / 35.774583°N 78.638806°W / 35.774583; -78.638806 Office Also known as One Bank of America Square and One Bank of America Plaza
13= Sheraton Capital Center 215 / 66 17 1982 35°46′30.6″N 78°38′23.9″W / 35.775167°N 78.639972°W / 35.775167; -78.639972 Hospitality
17 Marriott City Center 203 / 62 17 2008 35°46′26.8″N 78°38′22.7″W / 35.774111°N 78.639639°W / 35.774111; -78.639639 Hospitality
18 Quorum Center 200 / 61 15 2007 35°46′57.9″N 78°38′41.0″W / 35.782750°N 78.644722°W / 35.782750; -78.644722 Residential Building received damage from the Metropolitan apartment complex fire on March 16, 2017.

Tallest Under Construction

Buildings approved that are currently under construction, in site prep, or demolition phase. Buildings listed are planned to rise above 200 feet (60 m) and include:

Name Height
(ft.)
Height
(m.)
Floors Year Status Primary Purpose Notes
Walter Tower 365 111 35 2022 Under Construction Residential Located in the North Hills area, this tower will feature 376 residential units and 6,500 SF of retail. Named for Sir Walter Raleigh.
301 Hillsborough Phase 1 263 80 19 2021 Under Construction Office Phase 1 of the Raleigh Crossing development. Future headquarters of Pendo.
Advance Auto Parts Tower 250 76 20 2020 Under Construction Office Located in the North Hills area. Future headquarters of Advance Auto Parts.
The Cardinal 239 73 18 Under Construction Residential Located in the North Hills area, this high rise development will feature 192 residential units.

Tallest Proposed

Name Height
(ft.)
Height
(m.)
Floors Year Status Primary Purpose Notes
Nexus Phase 1 248 76 15 2019 Proposed Office/Retail
506 Capital Blvd 40 Approved Office/Residential
Raleigh Civic Campus Phase 1 20 Proposed Government Phase 1 of 3. Referred to as "New City Hall, East Building" in City of Raleigh materials.
Raleigh Civic Campus Phase 2 20 Proposed Government Phase 2 of 3. Referred to as "New City Hall, West Building" in CIty of Raleigh materials. Master plan refers to this building as a "twin" to phase 1.
Raleigh Civic Campus Phase 3 20 Proposed Mixed-Use Phase 3 of 3. Third-party development of up to 20 stories with parking deck.
Edge 23 Proposed Office
400H 20 2021 Approved Office/Residential 144,000 SF office space, 16,000 SF retail, and 216 apartments
Smoky Hollow Phase III 500 150 40 Approved Office/Residential
121 Fayetteville 415 126 32 2021 Proposed Office Restaurant and retail space along Fayetteville and Wilmington streets, 17th floor sky lobby overlooking North Carolina State Capitol
Salisbury Square Residential Building 239 73 20 2020 Proposed Residential
Salisbury Square Mixed Use Building 278 85 20 2020 Proposed Office/Residential
301 Hillsborough Phase 2 19 Proposed Hotel/Residential Phase 2 of the Raleigh Crossing development. Mixed-use tower with 135 residential units, 165 room hotel, and 8,000 SF of retail.
Crabtree Valley Mall Tower 30 Proposed Hotel/Office Part of a larger redevelopment plan for Crabtree Valley Mall

Timeline of tallest buildings

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

Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Years tallest
North Carolina State Capitol 97 / 30 3 1840-1859
First Baptist Church 98 / 30 1 1859-1874
Briggs Hardware Building 100 / 31 4 1874-1923
Odd Fellows Building 131 / 40 10 1923-1924
Sir Walter Hotel 141 / 43 12 1924-1929
Raleigh Banking and Trust Company Building 141 / 43 12 1929-1930
Capital Club Building 143 / 44 12 1930-1942
Wake County Office Building 190 / 58 16 1942-1964
Capital Bank Plaza 190 / 58 15 1964-1969
Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown 239 / 73 20 1969-1977
One Progress Plaza 277 / 84 21 1977-1990
Wells Fargo Capitol Center View of wachovia bank, downtown raleigh - panoramio.jpg 400 / 122 30 1990-1991
Two Hannover Square 431 / 131 29 1991-2008
PNC Plaza 538 / 164 32 2008–Present
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