List of tallest buildings in San Diego

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 (150 m) within a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) radius of San Diego International Airport's single runway.[1][2][a] The tallest building in the city is the 34-story One America Plaza, completed in 1991, which stands 500 feet (150 m) tall.[3]

An overhead view of a San Diego's downtown with tall skyscrapers present throughout the area of different colors and sizes. A bay can be seen at the bottom of the image with several boats in the water. In the background are other neighborhoods near the downtown area as well as mountains in the distance.
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[1]

HistoryEdit

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".[1] Development in the late 1990s and 2000s led to many new high-rises, mainly residential skyscrapers.[1] 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.[4] 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).[5][6]

 
San Diego Skyline 2018

Tallest buildingsEdit

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   500 feet (152 m) 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 [3][7]
2 Symphony Towers   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[8][9]
3 Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel   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[10][11]
4 Pinnacle on the Park I   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 [12]
Pinnacle on the Park II   479 (146) 45 2018 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 [13]
6 Electra   475 (145) 43 2007 32°42′53″N 117°10′10″W / 32.71472°N 117.16944°W / 32.71472; -117.16944 [14][15]
7 Pacific Gate   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   450 (137) 30 1990 32°42′58″N 117°10′1″W / 32.71611°N 117.16694°W / 32.71611; -117.16694 [16][17]
Pinnacle Marina Tower   450 (137) 36 2005 32°42′39″N 117°9′54″W / 32.71083°N 117.16500°W / 32.71083; -117.16500 [18][19]
10 Manchester Grand Hyatt Seaport   446 (136) 34 2003 32°42′37″N 117°10′6″W / 32.71028°N 117.16833°W / 32.71028; -117.16833 [20][21]
11 Harbor Club West   424 (129) 41 1992 32°42′32″N 117°9′46″W / 32.70889°N 117.16278°W / 32.70889; -117.16278 [22][23]
Harbor Club East   424 (129) 41 1992 32°42′31″N 117°9′44″W / 32.70861°N 117.16222°W / 32.70861; -117.16222 [24][25]
13 The Grande South at Santa Fe Place   420 (128) 39 2004 32°43′2″N 117°10′13″W / 32.71722°N 117.17028°W / 32.71722; -117.17028 [26][27]
The Grande North at Santa Fe Place   420 (128) 39 2005 32°43′5″N 117°10′13″W / 32.71806°N 117.17028°W / 32.71806; -117.17028 [28][29]
Vantage Pointe Condominium   420 (128) 41 2009 32°43′6″N 117°9′21″W / 32.71833°N 117.15583°W / 32.71833; -117.15583 [30][31]
16 Savina by Bosa   414 (126) 36 2018 32°43′10″N 117°10′10″W / 32.71944°N 117.16944°W / 32.71944; -117.16944 [32][33][34]
17 First Allied Plaza   412 (126) 23 2005 32°42′55″N 117°10′7″W / 32.71528°N 117.16861°W / 32.71528; -117.16861 [35][36]
18 San Diego Central Courthouse   403 (123) 22 2017 32°43′2″N 117°9′58″W / 32.71722°N 117.16611°W / 32.71722; -117.16611 [37]
19 Bayside at the Embarcadero   395 (120) 36 2009 32°43′9″N 117°10′14″W / 32.71917°N 117.17056°W / 32.71917; -117.17056 [38][39]
20 Union Bank of California Building   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[40][41]
21 Park 12 386 (118) 36 2018 [42]
22 Hilton San Diego Bayfront   385 (117) 32 2008 32°42′11″N 117°9′31″W / 32.70306°N 117.15861°W / 32.70306; -117.15861 [43][44]
23 The Mark   381 (116) 33 2007 32°42′40″N 117°9′25″W / 32.71111°N 117.15694°W / 32.71111; -117.15694 [45][46]
24 Sapphire Tower   380 (116) 32 2008 32°43′6″N 117°10′10″W / 32.71833°N 117.16944°W / 32.71833; -117.16944 [47][48]
25 One Columbia Place   379 (116) 27 1982 32°43′5″N 117°10′1″W / 32.71806°N 117.16694°W / 32.71806; -117.16694 [49][50]
26 Omni San Diego Hotel   375 (114) 34 2004 32°42′24″N 117°9′32″W / 32.70667°N 117.15889°W / 32.70667; -117.15889 [51][52][53]
27 Meridian Condominiums   371 (113) 28 1985 32°42′47″N 117°9′54″W / 32.71306°N 117.16500°W / 32.71306; -117.16500 [54][55]
28 Marriott Hotel and Marina Tower I   361 (110) 24 1987 32°42′28″N 117°9′54″W / 32.70778°N 117.16500°W / 32.70778; -117.16500 [56][57]
Marriott Hotel and Marina Tower II   361 (110) 24 1987 32°42′30″N 117°9′57″W / 32.70833°N 117.16583°W / 32.70833; -117.16583 [58][59]
30 Imperial Bank Tower   355 (108) 24 1982 32°43′2″N 117°9′28″W / 32.71722°N 117.15778°W / 32.71722; -117.15778 [60][61]
31 Executive Complex   350 (107) 25 1963 32°42′57″N 117°9′47″W / 32.71583°N 117.16306°W / 32.71583; -117.16306 [62][63]
32 AT&T Building   348 (106) 20 1982 32°42′54″N 117°9′51″W / 32.71500°N 117.16417°W / 32.71500; -117.16417 [64][65]
33 San Diego Union Tribune Building   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[66][67]
34 James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse   333 (101) 16 2012 32°42′54″N 117°9′57″W / 32.71500°N 117.16583°W / 32.71500; -117.16583 [68][69]
35 Wells Fargo Plaza   331 (101) 23 1984 32°43′2″N 117°9′38″W / 32.71722°N 117.16056°W / 32.71722; -117.16056 [70][71]
36 El Cortez   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[72][73]
37 225 Broadway   306 (93) 22 1975 32°42′54″N 117°9′44″W / 32.71500°N 117.16222°W / 32.71500; -117.16222 [74][75]

Tallest under constructionEdit

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
702 Broadway 480 41 2020 [76]
Manchester Pacific Gateway Tower 1 400 27 2018 [77]
Manchester Pacific Gateway Tower 2 350 29 2018 [77]
Manchester Pacific Gateway Tower 3 350 29 2018 [77]

Timeline of tallest buildingsEdit

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   310 (94) 16 1927–1963 32°43′12″N 117°9′29″W / 32.72000°N 117.15806°W / 32.72000; -117.15806 [72][73]
Executive Complex   350 (107) 25 1963–1969 32°42′57″N 117°9′47″W / 32.71583°N 117.16306°W / 32.71583; -117.16306 [62][63]
Union Bank of California Building   388 (118) 27 1969–1989 32°43′2″N 117°9′35″W / 32.71722°N 117.15972°W / 32.71722; -117.15972 [40][41]
Symphony Towers   499 (152) 34 1989–1991 32°43′6″N 117°9′28″W / 32.71833°N 117.15778°W / 32.71833; -117.15778 [8][9]
One America Plaza   500 (152) 34 1991–present 32°42′57″N 117°10′7″W / 32.71583°N 117.16861°W / 32.71583; -117.16861 [3][7]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Information on the Federal Aviation Administration's reasoning behind building height limitations can be read in their Advisory Circular, AC 150/5190-4A - A Model Zoning Ordinance to Limit Height of Objects Around Airports

See alsoEdit

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