This list of the highest buildings in Washington, D.C. lists high-rises in the United States' capital city. The Washington Monument, which rises 555 feet (169 m) and was finished in 1884, is the city's highest building, excluding radio towers. The Capitol Building, which was completed in 1800, is not included because it is only one story tall.
The District of Columbia has no height restrictions, but many buildings are limited by their location: A structure can not block traffic lanes, cause dangerous conditions for pedestrians, or have other problems with its design.
The Capitol Building is an impressive sight to see as you drive down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the White House. It is made of white marble from New York City and stands three stories tall. There are two main entrances into the Capitol Building, one on the East Front and another on the West Front.
You can reach the Capitol Building from any point in Washington, D.C., via several major roads. The most direct route is to head east on Independence Avenue from 14th Street NW until it ends at 1st Street NE. Continue north on 1st Street NE until it becomes Constitution Avenue NW, and then turn west onto Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The trip should take about 30 minutes. A more scenic route takes you through Georgetown, a neighborhood located across the Potomac River from downtown Washington.
|Rank||Name||Height ft (m)|
|1||Willis Tower||1,451 (442)|
|2||Trump International Hotel and Tower||1,388 (423)|
|3||St. Regis Chicago||1,198 (363)|
|4||Aon Center||1,136 (346)|
|Name||Location||Height ft (m)|
|Trump World Tower||New York City 40°45′8.98″N 73°58′4.48″W||861 ft (262 m)|
|Water Tower Place||Chicago 41°53′52.62″N 87°37′22.86″W||859 ft (262 m)|
|Aqua||Chicago 41°53′11.01″N 87°37′12.12″W||859 ft (262 m)|
|Aon Center||Los Angeles 34°2′57.22″N 118°15′25.07″W||858 ft (262 m)|
In 1885, Chicago erected the world's first skyscraper. The United States has now been home to some of the world's biggest skyscrapers. New York City, primarily the borough of Manhattan, boasts the country's highest skyline. Tallest structures
|Name||Willis Tower †|
|Height ft (m)||1,451 ft (442 m)|
The majority of the structures on the list are in American cities, with 92 buildings taller than 235 meters. The CN Tower is a 553.3-meter-tall concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. On November 3, 2014, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere was finished. Before this construction, the Chrysler Building in New York City was the highest building in the Western Hemisphere.
The CN Tower is more than just a tall building. It's an icon of Toronto and one of the most recognizable objects in its capital city. The tower also attracts many tourists to Toronto every year.
In addition to being the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, it holds the records for the fastest elevator ride (four seconds) and largest moving mass (500 tonnes). The CN Tower is owned by the CN Corporation, which also owns Canadian National Railways. It was built as a landmark for Toronto's modernization and as a tourist attraction.
The original concept for the tower was proposed by Charles D. Bailey in 1956 under the name "Toronado". It was to be a self-supporting steel framework covered with aluminum siding that would reach a height of 461 feet (137 m). It was never built due to lack of funding. In 1976, the idea was revived and the current form of the tower was approved. It took ten years to complete and opened its doors in 1996.
Washington Memorial The Washington Monument, designed in the style of an Egyptian obelisk to evoke the timelessness of ancient civilizations, reflects the nation's awe, respect, and appreciation for its most important Founding Father. At 555 feet and 5-1/8 inches, the Washington Monument was the highest building in the world when it was finished. Today, it still holds the title.
The monument was created by American architect Arthur Rossiter, who also designed the Lincoln Memorial. It was built from 1827 to 1855 in Alexandria, Virginia, on land donated by Mary Ball Jefferson. Mrs. Jefferson's husband, John Francis "Jack" Jefferson, was the principal founder of Georgetown University.
The memorial was commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to honor his father, Peter Jefferson, a wealthy planter and surveyor who died in 1743. Peter Jefferson had led the team that surveyed the new territory that became Kentucky back in 1750. He also helped lay out what would become Washington, D.C.
In his will, Thomas Jefferson requested that upon his death the government build a statue of him that would be placed in some public place. His wife, Martha Randolph Jefferson, lobbied Congress to have her husband's wish fulfilled rather than leave it up to them. In 1824, Congress approved $25,000 (about $350,000 in today's money) for the creation of a statue honoring Mr. Jefferson.
It has a 3 m (10 ft) base. The total height of the monument is 23.7 meters (78 ft). A view of Washington, D.C. from a distance.
The statue was designed by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and carved out of Carrara marble by Antoine-Louis Barye. It took more than five years to complete at a cost of $150,000 ($1.5 million in today's money). The pedestal alone cost $7,500. The whole thing is worth about $20 million today.
The idea for the statue came after the French had lost an election to build a railroad in America. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a bill into law that authorized the construction of a statue in honor of the French Revolution. The law also set up a commission "to select and agree on a design for the said statue." The statue was meant to be a gift to the United States. It was to be erected in New York Harbor but its location was later changed to its present site in Washington, D.C.
Bartholdi was inspired by the Nile River in Egypt. He wanted to show how France would liberate the American people from their original owners, the British.
In reality, there are three structures in the city today that are taller than the Capitol (excluding the Washington Monument). My congrats and admiration go to the first reader who correctly guessed all three; I could only think of one! The White House is the current record holder at 140 feet. A few blocks away, the Lincoln Memorial stands at 120 feet.
The tallest building in Washington, D.C., is the WM Kirby Building, which is currently under construction next to Union Station on 14th Street NW. When it's done, it will be 1,071 feet high, making it the second-tallest building in D.C. You may have seen its silhouette against the night sky during sunrise or sunset.
You can see the entire skyline of Washington, D.C., from the top of Mount Vernon using our virtual tour. You can also view the city from the National Mall with its many memorials and museums. If you visit D.C. during the summer, be sure to make a trip to Virginia Beach or Maryland's Eastern Shore for a view of the Atlantic Ocean.