List of buildings by height

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A c. 1910 postcard showing "A Group of Sky-Scrapers" in Birmingham
The so-called "Heaviest Corner on Earth" with four tall buildings constructed between 1902 and 1912
The top of the City Federal Building (1913), which reigned as the state's tallest building until 1969
The Wells Fargo Tower, now the tallest building in Birmingham
The unfinished Roden Hotel, c. 1917
The never-built Shepherd Centre proposal of 1987

This is a List of buildings by height:

Building Height (in feet) # of Stories Year built Architect
Shipt Tower 452 34 1986 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill / Giattina, Fisher & Company
Regions-Harbert Plaza 436 32 1989 Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum
Regions Center 390 30 1972 Welton Becket & Associates / Charles H. McCauley Associates
AT&T City Center 390 30 1971 Kahn & Jacobs / Warren Knight & Davis
City Federal Building 324 27 1913 William Weston
Alabama Power Company Headquarters Complex 322 18 1990 Geddes Brecher Qualls & Cunningham
Thomas Jefferson Hotel 285 19 1929 David O. Whilldin
John A. Hand Building 285 21 1912 Mowbray and Uffinger / William Leslie Welton
Daniel Building 282 20 1970 Lawrence Whitten & Son
2121 Building 276 17 1963 John H. Summer and Associates
Regions Plaza 276 18 1976 Russell McCaleb & Associates / John Carl Warnecke & Associates
Two North Twentieth 272 17 1962 Lawrence Whitten & Son
Offices at 3000 RiverChase 250 14 1986 Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum
Financial Center 249 17 1982
Jefferson Tower 248 16 1940 Charles McCauley
Empire Building 246 16 1909 William T. Warren / William Leslie Welton
Sheraton Birmingham 246 17 1975 Tiller, Neal, Butner, Rosa & Seay

Tall uninhabited structures

Notable demolished buildings

Notable unbuilt proposals


  • Heights are to the main roof, not to spires or other appurtenances. Heights are as given by and unless more accurate information is available. The cutoff for this listing is 100 feet or 10 stories.
  • It is often related that Federal Aviation Administration rules limit the height of buildings in downtown Birmingham. The FAA has indeed published regulations that would effectively limit the heights of structures near airports. In 1963 it was hoped that some of those "glide path restrictions" would soon be relaxed and a new zoning code was proposed to allow for buildings to be constructed to 1,143 feet above mean sea level (or approximately 535 feet above the average downtown grade of 608). The agency would still have the authority to review zoning ordinances and specific plans for tall buildings for their potential impact on airport operations. However, no specific height limit for downtown Birmingham structures is currently recognized. (Bennett-1963), (West-2016)