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List of tallest buildings in Iowa

Skyline of Des Moines

This list of tallest buildings in Iowa ranks skyscrapers and monuments in the US state of Iowa by height.

Contents

Tallest buildingsEdit

Rank Name Image Height

ft (m)

Floors Year City Notes
1 801 Grand (previously The Principal Building)   630 (192) 45 1991 Des Moines Office
2 The Fifth 465 (137) 40 2021 Des Moines Hotel, Movie Theater, Parking Garage and Residential
3 Ruan Center   460 (140) 36 1975 Des Moines Office
4 Des Moines Marriott Hotel   365 (111) 33 1981 Des Moines Hotel
5 Financial Center   345 (105) 25 1973 Des Moines Office
6 Plaza Building   340 (104) 25 1985 Des Moines Residential
7 HUB Tower   325 (99) 25 1986 Des Moines Office
8 EMC Insurance Building   325 (99) 19 1997 Des Moines Office
9 Equitable Building   318 (97) 19 1924 Des Moines Residential
10 Alliant Tower 285 (87) 21 1972 Cedar Rapids Office
11 Bank of America Building 280 (85) 16 1966 Des Moines Office
12 Iowa State Capitol   275 (84) 4 1884 Des Moines Government
13 Qwest Complex 273 (83) 15 1928 Des Moines Office
14 Wells Fargo Building   255 (77) 19 1927 Davenport Office/Residential
15 Register and Tribune Building 243 (74) 14 1916 Des Moines Office
16 Iowa Realty Tower 237 (72) 25 1974 Cedar Rapids Residential/Office
17 MidAmerican Building   220 (67) 15 1995 Davenport Office
18 Plaza 425 ''(previously the APAC Building)'' 207 (63) 14 1983 Cedar Rapids Office
19 CRST Tower 180 (54) 11 2017 Cedar Rapids Office

Timeline of tallest buildingsEdit

This list shows which buildings have been the tallest in Iowa since 1884.

Years as Tallest Name Height

ft (m)

Floors
1884–1924 Iowa State Capitol 275 (84) n/a
1924–1973 Equitable Building 318 (97) 19
1973–1975 Financial Center 345 (105) 25
1975–1991 Ruan Center 460 (140) 36
1991–Present 801 Grand 630 (192) 45

Tall buildings prior to 1884Edit

 
Ladies' College Building, Davenport, 1856, later Mount Ida Female College.
 
Mount Ida Female College in 1858, after dome was added.

There does not seem to have been any effort to document the tallest building in Iowa prior to the construction of the State Capitol in 1884. This list shows buildings which may have been the tallest in Iowa prior to 1884, excluding church steeples.

Years as Tallest Name Height

ft (m)

Floors
1840–1856 Old Capitol, Iowa City 114 (35) n/a
1856–1884 Shot Tower, Dubuque 120 (37) 10

Other early tall building include:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nathan Howe Parker, Iowa as it is in 1856: a gazetteer for citizens, 1856
  2. ^ Wilkie, Franc B. (1858), Davenport, past and present
  3. ^ Jackson, Donald (1958) "Old Fort Madison 1808–1813." Palimpsest 39(1).