List of tallest buildings in Norfolk, Virginia

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Norfolk skyline

The history of high-rises in Norfolk began in the early 1900s with the construction of such structures as the 12-story Royster Building in 1912.[1]

The skyline of Downtown Norfolk remained relatively low to mid-rise until the 1960s which brought the construction of the 23-story Bank of America Center in 1967. Still the second-tallest building in Norfolk, the Bank of America Center was the tallest building in Virginia from its completion until 1971 when it was surpassed by Richmond City Hall.[2]

Dominion Tower took the top spot from Bank of America Center when it was completed in 1987 with 26 stories along the newly revitalized Elizabeth River waterfront adjacent to the Berkley Bridge. Dominion Tower also stood as the tallest building in the Hampton Roads metro area until 2002, when the Armada Hoffler Tower was completed in adjacent Virginia Beach.[3]

The majority of the most prominent and recognizable buildings in the downtown skyline were built between the late 1980s and the present, concluding with the opening of the 23-story Wells Fargo Center in 2010. While two additional towers had been proposed for downtown in the late 2000s, both have been stalled by the faltering world economy.[citation needed] These two structures, the Granby Tower condominium building and the Westin Hotel and Convention Center would have ranked high on this list, with the Granby Tower taking the top spot with 31 stories at 137 meters (449 feet). The Westin was proposed to have 26 stories and be just short of the Dominion Tower's height.[4][5][6] Construction began on the newest tower, The Main, which includes a 23-story Hilton hotel and conference center in May 2014. This replaces the planned Westin at the corner of Main and Granby streets.

Ranking

This lists ranks the ten tallest skyscrapers in Norfolk, Virginia, 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 Primary Purpose
1 Dominion Tower DominionTowerNorfolk.jpeg 341 / 104 26 1987 Office
2 Bank of America Center BankOfAmericaNorfolk.jpeg 305 / 93 23 1967 Office
3 Wells Fargo Center WellsFargoNorfolk.jpeg 298 / 91 23 2010 Office
4 150 West Main Street 150WestMainStreetNorfolk.jpeg 292 / 89 20 2002 Office
5 Norfolk Waterside Marriott MarriottNorfolk.jpeg 285 / 87 23 1991 Hotel
6 Norfolk Southern Tower NorfolkSouthernTower.jpeg 282 / 86 20 1989 Office
7 The Main 270 / 82 23 2017 Hotel
8 Dominion Enterprises Building DominionEnterprisesNorfolk.jpeg 267 / 81 20 2006 Office
9 500 East Main Street 500EastMainStreetNorfolk.jpeg 223 / 68 17 1971 Office
10 555 East Main Street 555EastMainStreetNorfolk.jpeg 220 / 67 17 1977 Office
11 Harbor's Edge 213 / 64 17 2006 Residential
12 Hague Towers 203 / 62 20 1970 Residential

Skyscrapers under construction and proposed

Rank Name Picture Height
ft / m
Floors Year Status Description
1 River Tower 326 / 99 27 2020 Proposed A second tower added to the existing 18-story Harbor's Edge retirement community in the Fort Norfolk section of the city[7]

Canceled Skyscrapers

  • Granby Tower (2010)
  • Westin Hotel and Conference Center (2011); while this project was canceled, it was later revived as the Hilton Norfolk at The Main (2017)

References

  1. ^ "Royster Building, Norfolk, Virginia". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Bank of America Center, Norfolk, Virginia". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  3. ^ "Dominion Tower, Norfolk, Virginia". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  4. ^ "Chesapeake-based developer also behind on other projects". HamptonRoads.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  5. ^ "Squandered dollars on Norfolk's Granby Street". HamptonRoads.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  6. ^ "Granby Tower, Norfolk, Virginia". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  7. ^ "Harbor's Edge". Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
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