In the 1970s and 1980s, the capital city saw a huge boom of skyscrapers. In fact, 70% of the buildings on this list were constructed between 1970-1989. After that, the city saw a massive decline in gravity-defying architecture.
From 1990-2010, the city only added four new high-rises that cracked the Top 20 tallest buildings throughout the city. But since 2011, the city has seen a resurgence in multi-story buildings. Soaring above the rest of the newly planned construction is Market Tower, which is slated for completion in 2020. The tower will be 35 stories tall and is expected to cost $120 million.
Needless to say, the skyline is once again changing. So before Market Tower takes its likely place in the Top 5, let’s enjoy the 10 Tallest Buildings in Columbus while they still hold their title.
10.) Three Nationwide Plaza
Height: 408 feet # of Floors: 27 Year Built: 1989 Building Cost: $88,906,500 in 1989 Fun Fact: Three Nationwide Plaza is just one of the buildings in the complex that houses Nationwide Insurance’s headquarters. The building was completed for $89 Million in December of 1988, meaning Three Nationwide Plaza is about to celebrate the big 3-0!
9.) Borden Building
Height: 438 feet # of Floors: 34 Year Built: 1974 Building Cost: Unavailable Fun Fact: The Borden Building was built by architecture firm Harrison & Abramovitz, who built some of the most notable buildings throughout the North East and Midwest. Other buildings on their resume include 525 William Penn Place in Pittsburgh, PA, Corning Tower in Albany, NY, and Erieview Tower in Cleveland.
Height: 456 feet # of Floors: 31 Year Built: 1983 Building Cost: $88,000,000 in 1983 Fun Fact: The AEP Building has served as the national headquarters for American Electric Power Company since it’s completion in 1983. In 2001, the building earned a LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, a council that certifies the greenest-performing buildings in the world.
7.) Franklin County Courthouse
Height: 464 feet # of Floors: 27 Year Built: 1991 Building Cost: Unavailable Fun Fact: This building complex hosts most of the Franklin County Judicial facilities, including the Municipal Court and the Hall of Justice.
6.) One Nationwide Plaza
Height: 485 feet # of Floors: 40 Year Built: 1976 Building Cost: Unavailable Fun Fact: One Nationwide Plaza hosts the corporate offices of the Nationwide Insurance Company. The building is one of the most recognizable in the city skyline, often displaying messages using the lights from different floors and offices to spell out messages.
5.) Vern Riffe State Office Tower
Height: 503 feet # of Floors: 32 Year Built: 1988 Building Cost: $130,000,000 in 1988 Fun Fact: The Vern Riffe building is an important center for Arts in Columbus. In addition to a gallery, it also hosts the Capitol Theatre. The tower was named for Ohio Speaker of the House, Vernal G. Riffe, who served the state as speaker from 1975 to 1994.
4.) Huntington Center
Height: 512 feet # of Floors: 37 Year Built: 1984 Building Cost: Unavailable Fun Fact: In the 1980s, the Huntington Center at Huntington Plaza was the tallest building built during the entire decade. It’s distinctive shape stands out in the skyline, mimicing the outline of the state of Ohio.
3.) The William Green Building
Height: 530 feet # of Floors: 33 Year Built: 1990 Building Cost: Unavailable Fun Fact: Like most buildings in Columbus, architects NBBJ, Prindle, Patrick & Associates designed the William Green building in the post-modern style. It’s now home to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, as well as many other tennants.
2.) LeVeque Tower
Height: 555 feet # of Floors: 47 Year Built: 1927 Building Cost: $7,800,000 in 1927 Fun Fact: Exactly one foot taller than the Washington Monument in Washington D.C., the LeVeque Tower has a rich history here in Columbus. At the time of it’s completion, it was the 5th tallest building in the world. It remained the tallest building for nearly 50 years, until the completion of the Rhodes Tower. It’s art deco design is truly unique in the city, and the new Hotel LeVeque just opened, fully inspired by the architecture of the tower.
1.) Rhodes State Office Tower
Height: 629 feet # of Floors: 41 Year Built: 1973 Building Cost: $66,000,000 in 1973 Fun Fact: The Rhodes State Office Tower is not only the tallest building in Columbus, but the 5th tallest building in the state. The 41st floor is also home to a Peregrine falcon family, which you can keep an eye on through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Falcon Cam.
We have to admit, the view from the top is pretty impressive.
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