The 414 Light St. high-rise by Questar in Baltimore has reached completion. The 44-story skyscraper, which stands 500 feet tall, is presently Maryland's highest residential structure. It contains 514 apartments within its nine floors of living space.
The Apartment Complex was designed by Hopkins Architects and Engineers and built by RREEF Construction. Its size qualifies it as an apartment hotel rather than a condominium. It is therefore not required to be registered with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation. However, it does provide some limited common area services such as a garage, laundry room, and outdoor pool. There are also on-site management offices where residents can receive assistance with their apartment rentals.
Light Street is located in downtown Baltimore adjacent to Harbor Light Park. It is surrounded by restaurants and shops and is a few minutes' walk from the Inner Harbor and Federal Hill. The University of Maryland School of Law is across the street from the building's entrance. In addition, several major bus lines stop near the complex including the #4 and #9 buses, which run along Eastern Avenue, and the #8 bus, which runs along West Pratt Street.
When it was first constructed, many people doubted that a building this large would find any tenants at all.
Baltimore's tallest structure is the 40-story Transamerica Tower, which is 529 feet (161 meters) tall and was completed in 1973. The Landmark Center, which is located across the street from the Transamerica Tower, is also 40 stories high.
The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission website lists several other buildings that are over 20 stories tall as being part of Baltimore's skyline. None of these other structures are as tall as the Transamerica Tower though they all stand at least as tall as any other structure in Baltimore. The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission website lists only the Transamerica Tower and the Landmark Center as being in Baltimore's downtown district.
The website also lists the Harborlight Building in Baltimore's Inner Harbor as being 22 floors tall but this seems like a typo since it states that the building is 39 stories tall which would make it 421 meters or 1437 feet tall. There are no other buildings in Baltimore listed as being more than 20 stories tall on the website so it appears that this is the only skyscraper in Baltimore.
However, in March 2011, it was announced that Residences at Harborlight will be the first luxury high-rise to be built in Baltimore since the 1970s.
The Transamerica Building Baltimore's tallest structure is the 40-story Transamerica Tower, which is 529 feet (161 meters) tall and was completed in 1973. It is also the highest structure in the state of Maryland. The Trager Building, now known as the John E. Smith's Sons Company Building, was originally planned to be taller than the Transamerica Tower but its height was reduced at the last minute during construction.
The Maryland House Building is considered the first high-rise building in the United States when it was completed in 1791. The 38-story brick mansion house covers an entire city block and has 375 square feet of living space for its time. It is now home to a museum featuring many historical artifacts from around the world.
The Maryland State Capitol inspired the nation with its innovative design by American architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Completed in 1816, this Greek Revival style building is the oldest government building in Maryland and the third oldest in Washington, D.C. Its dome is the largest in the state, at 100 feet in diameter, and can be seen for many miles around. The Maryland State Museum is located inside the Capitol building and features history of the state from prehistory to today. Also on site are exhibits about Maryland's wildlife and natural beauty.
It is the highest brick structure in the world with a steel framework at 1,046 feet (319 m), and it was the tallest building in the world for 11 months following its completion in 1930.
|Antenna spire||1,046 ft (319 m)|
|Roof||925 ft (282 m)|
|Top floor||899 ft (274 m)|
The PNC Plaza The 32-story PNC Plaza, which is 538 feet (164 m) tall and was completed in 2008, is Raleigh's tallest skyscraper. It is also the highest structure in North Carolina outside of Charlotte. The PNC Plaza has 49 luxury apartments on each floor and contains a health club with two indoor swimming pools, a spa, and a fitness center.
The RDU International Airport The new terminal at Raleigh-Durham International Airport is now the largest aviation facility of its kind in the world. It opened in 2004 and is one stop from the north coast of North Carolina. The new $250 million airport complex covers 8 million square feet and includes three concourses for passengers, along with a 4th-floor lounge, a rooftop observation deck, and a conference center. In addition, there are more than 200,000 square feet of space devoted to cargo handling.
This building was designed by Gensler Associates and built by Hurd Construction. It won an American Institute of Architects North Carolina Award for Excellence in 2007.
The RBC Center The RBC Center, which is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill basketball team, opened in 1996. At the time it was built, it was the largest theater of its kind in the eastern United States.