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Downtown San Diego skyline from the air in November 2008

I believe that our skyline is a collective composition of many buildings. We don't have to have one landmark like the Empire State Building or Petronas towers. I think the landmark is the entire Downtown.

—Garry Papers, manager of architecture and planning for the Center City Development Corporation

San Diego has over 150 high-rises, mainly in the downtown district. In the city, there are 37 buildings that stand taller than 300 feet (91 m). In the 1970s, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began restricting downtown building height to maximum of 500 feet (152 m) within a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) radius of San Diego International Airport's single runway. The tallest building in the city is the 34-story One America Plaza, completed in 1991, which stands 500 feet (152 m) tall.

History

The history of skyscrapers in San Diego began with the completion of the U.S. Grant Hotel in 1910. The building, at a height of 211 feet (64 m), remained the tallest building in San Diego until 1927, when the El Cortez Hotel at 310 feet (94 m) took its place. The skyscraper's height was surpassed in 1967 by the Union Bank of California Building, which stood as the tallest building for two decades with its height of 388 feet (118 m). In 1989, with a height of 499 feet (152 m), Symphony Towers gained the title, before being passed two years later by One America Plaza. During the 1990s, the city was compared to a "handful of tools in a scarcely stocked toolbox" and a "mouth with a lot of missing teeth". Development in the late 1990s and 2000s led to many new high-rises, mainly residential skyscrapers. Many of these new residential buildings are pairs of twin towers.

As of October 2019, San Diego is ranked 92nd in the world and 3rd in California with its 162 high-rises. However, due to the FAA height restriction, none of San Diego's buildings are within the top 100 tallest buildings in the United States. As of October 2019, there are around 20 buildings that have been proposed, approved, or are currently undergoing construction which will join the tallest buildings in San Diego (over 300 feet).

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San Diego Skyline 2018

Tallest buildings

This list ranks San Diego skyscrapers that stand at least 300 feet (91 m) tall, 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 Notes
1 One America Plaza OneAmericaPlaza.jpg 500 (152) 34 1991 32°42′57″N 117°10′7″W / 32.71583°N 117.16861°W / 32.71583; -117.16861 Tallest building in the city; tallest building constructed in the 1990s; tallest building in California outside of Los Angeles and San Francisco
2 Symphony Towers SymphonyTowersSanDiegoDec06.jpg 499 (152) 34 1989 32°43′6″N 117°9′28″W / 32.71833°N 117.15778°W / 32.71833; -117.15778 Tallest building constructed in the 1980s
3 Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego.jpg 497 (151) 40 1992 32°42′34″N 117°10′4″W / 32.70944°N 117.16778°W / 32.70944; -117.16778 Tallest building on the waterfront on the West Coast
4 Pinnacle on the Park I PinnacleOnTheParkSanDiego.png 479 (146) 45 2015 32°42′35″N 117°09′03″W / 32.70972°N 117.15083°W / 32.70972; -117.15083 Tallest residential tower in San Diego together with the Pinnacle II tower
Pinnacle on the Park II Pinnacle 2 SD Wikipedia.jpg 479 (146) 45 2019 32°42′36.7″N 117°09′02.9″W / 32.710194°N 117.150806°W / 32.710194; -117.150806 Tallest residential tower in San Diego together with the Pinnacle I tower
6 Electra ElectraSanDiegoApr09.jpg 475 (145) 43 2007 32°42′53″N 117°10′10″W / 32.71472°N 117.16944°W / 32.71472; -117.16944
7 Pacific Gate Pacific Gate SD.jpeg 450 (137) 41 2017 32°47′54″N 117°9′44″W / 32.79833°N 117.16222°W / 32.79833; -117.16222 [70]
Emerald Plaza EmeraldPlazaSanDiegoApr09.jpg 450 (137) 30 1990 32°42′58″N 117°10′1″W / 32.71611°N 117.16694°W / 32.71611; -117.16694
Pinnacle Marina Tower PinnacleMuseumTowerSanDiegoApr09.jpg 450 (137) 36 2005 32°42′39″N 117°9′54″W / 32.71083°N 117.16500°W / 32.71083; -117.16500
10 Manchester Grand Hyatt Seaport ManchesterHotelSeaportTowerSanDiegoApr09.jpg 446 (136) 34 2003 32°42′37″N 117°10′6″W / 32.71028°N 117.16833°W / 32.71028; -117.16833
11 Harbor Club West HarborClubWestTowerSanDiegoApr09.jpg 424 (129) 41 1992 32°42′32″N 117°9′46″W / 32.70889°N 117.16278°W / 32.70889; -117.16278
Harbor Club East HarborClubEastTowerSanDiegoApr09.jpg 424 (129) 41 1992 32°42′31″N 117°9′44″W / 32.70861°N 117.16222°W / 32.70861; -117.16222
13 The Grande South at Santa Fe Place GrandeSouthSantaFeSanDiegoApr09.jpg 420 (128) 39 2004 32°43′2″N 117°10′13″W / 32.71722°N 117.17028°W / 32.71722; -117.17028
The Grande North at Santa Fe Place GrandeNorthSantaFeSanDiegoApr09.jpg 420 (128) 39 2005 32°43′5″N 117°10′13″W / 32.71806°N 117.17028°W / 32.71806; -117.17028
Vantage Pointe Condominium VantagePointeCondoSanDiegoApr09.jpg 420 (128) 41 2009 32°43′6″N 117°9′21″W / 32.71833°N 117.15583°W / 32.71833; -117.15583
16 Savina by Bosa Savina by Bosa Building.jpg 414 (126) 36 2018 32°43′10″N 117°10′10″W / 32.71944°N 117.16944°W / 32.71944; -117.16944
17 First Allied Plaza AdvancedEquitiesPlazaSanDiegoApr09.jpg 412 (126) 23 2005 32°42′55″N 117°10′7″W / 32.71528°N 117.16861°W / 32.71528; -117.16861
18 San Diego Central Courthouse SDCentralCourthouse.jpeg 403 (123) 22 2017 32°43′2″N 117°9′58″W / 32.71722°N 117.16611°W / 32.71722; -117.16611
19 Bayside at the Embarcadero BaysideEmbarcaderoRearSanDiegoApr09.jpg 395 (120) 36 2009 32°43′9″N 117°10′14″W / 32.71917°N 117.17056°W / 32.71917; -117.17056
20 Union Bank of California Building UnionBankCASanDiegoApr09.jpg 388 (118) 27 1969 32°43′2″N 117°9′35″W / 32.71722°N 117.15972°W / 32.71722; -117.15972 Tallest building constructed in the 1960s
21 Park 12 386 (118) 36 2018
22 Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.jpg 385 (117) 32 2008 32°42′11″N 117°9′31″W / 32.70306°N 117.15861°W / 32.70306; -117.15861
23 The Mark TheMarkSanDiegoApr09.jpg 381 (116) 33 2007 32°42′40″N 117°9′25″W / 32.71111°N 117.15694°W / 32.71111; -117.15694
24 Sapphire Tower SapphireTowerRearSanDiegoApr09.jpg 380 (116) 32 2008 32°43′6″N 117°10′10″W / 32.71833°N 117.16944°W / 32.71833; -117.16944
25 One Columbia Place FirstNationalBankCenter1SanDiegoApr09.jpg 379 (116) 27 1982 32°43′5″N 117°10′1″W / 32.71806°N 117.16694°W / 32.71806; -117.16694
26 Omni San Diego Hotel OmniHotelSanDiegoApr09.jpg 375 (114) 34 2004 32°42′24″N 117°9′32″W / 32.70667°N 117.15889°W / 32.70667; -117.15889
27 Meridian Condominiums MeridianCondosRearSanDiegoApr09.jpg 371 (113) 28 1985 32°42′47″N 117°9′54″W / 32.71306°N 117.16500°W / 32.71306; -117.16500
28 Marriott Hotel and Marina Tower I MarriottHotelTower1SanDiegoApr09.jpg 361 (110) 24 1987 32°42′28″N 117°9′54″W / 32.70778°N 117.16500°W / 32.70778; -117.16500
Marriott Hotel and Marina Tower II MarriottHotelTower2SanDiegoApr09.jpg 361 (110) 24 1987 32°42′30″N 117°9′57″W / 32.70833°N 117.16583°W / 32.70833; -117.16583
30 Imperial Bank Tower 701B Tower San Diego.jpeg 355 (108) 24 1982 32°43′2″N 117°9′28″W / 32.71722°N 117.15778°W / 32.71722; -117.15778
31 Executive Complex ExecutiveComplexSanDiegoApr09.jpg 350 (107) 25 1963 32°42′57″N 117°9′47″W / 32.71583°N 117.16306°W / 32.71583; -117.16306
32 AT&T Building AT&TBuildingSanDiegoApr09.jpg 348 (106) 20 1982 32°42′54″N 117°9′51″W / 32.71500°N 117.16417°W / 32.71500; -117.16417
33 San Diego Union Tribune Building The San Diego Union-Tribune Building, 600 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101, USA. Looking south. 339 (103) 23 1974 32°43′5″N 117°9′31″W / 32.71806°N 117.15861°W / 32.71806; -117.15861 Tallest building constructed in the 1970s
34 James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse P521 (2).JPG 333 (101) 16 2012 32°42′54″N 117°9′57″W / 32.71500°N 117.16583°W / 32.71500; -117.16583
35 Wells Fargo Plaza WellsFargoPlazaSanDiegoApr09.jpg 331 (101) 23 1984 32°43′2″N 117°9′38″W / 32.71722°N 117.16056°W / 32.71722; -117.16056
36 El Cortez ElCortezHotelSanDiegoApr09.jpg 310 (94) 16 1927 32°43′12″N 117°9′29″W / 32.72000°N 117.15806°W / 32.72000; -117.15806 Tallest building in San Diego until 1963
37 225 Broadway NBCBuilding1SanDiegoApr09.jpg 306 (93) 22 1975 32°42′54″N 117°9′44″W / 32.71500°N 117.16222°W / 32.71500; -117.16222

Tallest under construction

This lists buildings that are under construction in San Diego and are planned to rise at least 300 feet (91 m). Under construction buildings that have already been topped out are also included.

Name Image Height
feet (m)
Floors Year Coordinates Notes
Diega South Tower 500 (152) 41 2021 Topped out. Developed by Bosa.
Manchester Pacific Gateway Tower 1 400 (122) 27
Manchester Pacific Gateway Tower 2 350 (107) 29
Manchester Pacific Gateway Tower 3 350 (107) 29

Timeline of tallest buildings

This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in San Diego (at least 300 feet (91 m) tall) as well as the current tallest building, One America Plaza.

Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Years as tallest Coordinates Reference
El Cortez Hotel El Cortez Apartment Hotel.jpg 310 (94) 16 1927–1963 32°43′12″N 117°9′29″W / 32.72000°N 117.15806°W / 32.72000; -117.15806
Executive Complex ExecutiveComplexSanDiegoApr09.jpg 350 (107) 25 1963–1969 32°42′57″N 117°9′47″W / 32.71583°N 117.16306°W / 32.71583; -117.16306
Union Bank of California Building UnionBankCASanDiegoApr09.jpg 388 (118) 27 1969–1989 32°43′2″N 117°9′35″W / 32.71722°N 117.15972°W / 32.71722; -117.15972
Symphony Towers SymphonyTowersSanDiegoDec06.jpg 499 (152) 34 1989–1991 32°43′6″N 117°9′28″W / 32.71833°N 117.15778°W / 32.71833; -117.15778
One America Plaza OneAmericaPlazaSDSept10.jpg 500 (152) 34 1991–present 32°42′57″N 117°10′7″W / 32.71583°N 117.16861°W / 32.71583; -117.16861
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