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A group of tall buildings and skyscrapers in the Atlanta skyline.
Four of the city’s tallest towers in one frame: SunTrust Plaza (2), 191 Peachtree (4), Georgia-Pacific Tower (6), and Westin Peachtree Plaza (5).
Michael Kahn

Mapping Atlanta's 10 tallest towers, from downtown to Buckhead

Fun trivia: Downtown has five, Midtown four, and Buckhead just one

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Four of the city’s tallest towers in one frame: SunTrust Plaza (2), 191 Peachtree (4), Georgia-Pacific Tower (6), and Westin Peachtree Plaza (5).
| Michael Kahn

While the Atlanta skyline is humble compared to megalopolises such as New York and Tokyo, there are plenty of distinctive high-rises here that span for miles, adding character and interest. And as the premier city in the American South, Atlanta’s been home to some record-setting buildings for generations.

For instance, the Westin Peachtree Plaza, currently the fifth tallest building in the city, was the tallest hotel in the world when completed in 1976.

Also, for the past 25 years, the city has laid claim to the tallest building in the United States outside of New York and Chicago, and the tallest building in any capital city in the country. However, with the completion of Philadelphia's Comcast Technology Center last year, Atlanta lost the former of those titles.

It's interesting to note that no tower built in the past decade makes it on the list. And with the shortening of No2 Opus Place’s proposal, there are no current plans to build anything that would rival Atlanta’s existing Top 10.

Still, Atlanta is home to many distinctive, sky-scraping landmarks that other cities envy. Here’s an updated map of the 10 tallest towers by height above ground.

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1. Bank of America Plaza

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600 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA
(404) 888-3600
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Height (feet/stories): 1,023/55

Year completed: 1992

Architect: Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates

With its distinctive gold, glowing crown, Bank of America Plaza has reigned supreme on the Atlanta skyline for the past quarter-century. Standing at the cusp of Midtown and downtown, the office tower struggled to maintain tenants after the Great Recession but has undergone a hip, millennial-friendly, and reportedly successful reinvention on various floors.

The top of a tall skyscraper. The facade is gold colored. Michael Kahn

2. SunTrust Plaza

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303 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA
(404) 614-5000
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Height (feet/stories): 871/60

Year completed: 1992

Architect: John Portman and Associates

Sitting on a triangular piece of land between Peachtree Street and Peachtree Center Avenue, SunTrust Plaza is the tallest Atlanta building by noted local architect John Portman.

A skyscraper with many windows against a backdrop of blue sky. Micheal Kahn

3. One Atlantic Center

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1201 W Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA
(404) 874-9141
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Height (feet/stories): 820/50

Year completed: 1987

Architect: Johnson/Burgee Architects and Heery International

When One Atlantic Center was built—Midtown’s tallest tower then and today—it stood out among low buildings and parking lots. Now, the surrounding blocks have filled in, but the heavily ornamented building still stands out.

The top of a skyscraper. Michael Kahn

4. 191 Peachtree Tower

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191 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

Height (feet/stories): 770/50

Year completed: 1990

Architect: Johnson/Burgee Architects and Kendall/Heaton Associates Inc.

Capped by twin crowns, the building is a distinctive feature of the downtown skyline. While the height of the office tower is impressive alone, the building’s Peachtree Street entrance captivates visitors with a glass ceiling that soars more than 100 feet above street level.

The tower of a tall skyscraper.
The towers of 191 Peachtree from the Sun Dial atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza.
Michael Kahn

5. The Westin Peachtree Plaza

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210 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA
(404) 659-1400
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Height (feet/stories): 723/72

Year completed: 1976

Architect: John Portman and Associates

The oldest tower on the Top 10 list, Peachtree Plaza has been a feature in Atlanta for more than 40 years. Containing the most floors of any building on the list (and beating the next closest building by a dozen), the Westin also has the highest publically accessible viewing deck in the city: the Sun Dial Restaurant, perched on the 72nd floor.

The glassy cylinder of a tall skyscraper surrounded by other buildings. Curbed Atlanta

6. Georgia-Pacific Center

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133 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

Height (feet/stories): 697/52

Year completed: 1982

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Occupying the site that once housed the Loew’s Grand Theater for nearly a century, the pink granite Georgia-Pacific Center stands out with its stepped rear facade. Out front, a stark plaza faces Peachtree Street.

Looking up at a tall skyscraper. Michael Kahn

7. Promenade Two

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1230 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

Height (feet/stories): 691/38

Year completed: 1990

Architect: AI Group and Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (now tvsdesign)

Located just down the street from Midtown’s tallest tower, Promenade Two is easily identified by its stepped top, crowned by a spire. It was part of a planned trio of similar buildings but was ultimately the only one that materialized.

An aerial view of a cityscape. There is a group of tall buildings in the center of other smaller city buildings in Atlanta. Google Maps

8. AT&T Midtown Center

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675 W Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

Height (feet/stories): 677/47

Year completed: 1982

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and FABRAP (now Rosser)

Once slated to be built atop the Fox Theatre, a land swap saved the historic structure and resulted in the tower being built immediately behind the architectural gem. With deep-set windows and a tapered base, designed to avoid the MARTA line that runs beneath the building’s plaza, the cadenced white tower stands as a foil to the neighboring Bank of America Plaza.

The top of a tall building, the AT&T tower in Atlanta. Michael Kahn

9. 3344 Peachtree/Sovereign

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3344 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA

Height (feet/stories): 665/48

Year completed: 2008

Architect: Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates, Inc.

The only building to make the list from outside Midtown and downtown, Buckhead’s Sovereign building on Peachtree Road is also the newest to grace the Top 10 countdown. Completed just as the recession started, the sweeping glass tower contains offices and ritzy condos.

A towering, sweeping blue glass building against a grey sky. Michael Kahn

10. 1180 Peachtree

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1180 Peachtree
Atlanta, GA

Height (feet/stories): 665/48

Year completed: 2006

Architect: Pickard Chilton Architects, Inc.

Known by many as the “Batman Building” thanks to the distinctive fins that extend beyond the roof, the Midtown tower shares a block with One Atlantic Center and Promenade Two. It was completed as part of the failed Symphony Center project. Now, long-stalled plans call for an adjacent site to be developed into No2 Opus Place (and other sky-rises), possibly solidifying the block as a hotbed for Midtown’s highest newer high-rises.

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1. Bank of America Plaza

600 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
The top of a tall skyscraper. The facade is gold colored. Michael Kahn

Height (feet/stories): 1,023/55

Year completed: 1992

Architect: Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates

With its distinctive gold, glowing crown, Bank of America Plaza has reigned supreme on the Atlanta skyline for the past quarter-century. Standing at the cusp of Midtown and downtown, the office tower struggled to maintain tenants after the Great Recession but has undergone a hip, millennial-friendly, and reportedly successful reinvention on various floors.

600 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

2. SunTrust Plaza

303 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
A skyscraper with many windows against a backdrop of blue sky. Micheal Kahn

Height (feet/stories): 871/60

Year completed: 1992

Architect: John Portman and Associates

Sitting on a triangular piece of land between Peachtree Street and Peachtree Center Avenue, SunTrust Plaza is the tallest Atlanta building by noted local architect John Portman.

303 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

3. One Atlantic Center

1201 W Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA
The top of a skyscraper. Michael Kahn

Height (feet/stories): 820/50

Year completed: 1987

Architect: Johnson/Burgee Architects and Heery International

When One Atlantic Center was built—Midtown’s tallest tower then and today—it stood out among low buildings and parking lots. Now, the surrounding blocks have filled in, but the heavily ornamented building still stands out.

1201 W Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA

4. 191 Peachtree Tower

191 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
The tower of a tall skyscraper.
The towers of 191 Peachtree from the Sun Dial atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza.
Michael Kahn

Height (feet/stories): 770/50

Year completed: 1990

Architect: Johnson/Burgee Architects and Kendall/Heaton Associates Inc.

Capped by twin crowns, the building is a distinctive feature of the downtown skyline. While the height of the office tower is impressive alone, the building’s Peachtree Street entrance captivates visitors with a glass ceiling that soars more than 100 feet above street level.

191 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

5. The Westin Peachtree Plaza

210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA
The glassy cylinder of a tall skyscraper surrounded by other buildings. Curbed Atlanta

Height (feet/stories): 723/72

Year completed: 1976

Architect: John Portman and Associates

The oldest tower on the Top 10 list, Peachtree Plaza has been a feature in Atlanta for more than 40 years. Containing the most floors of any building on the list (and beating the next closest building by a dozen), the Westin also has the highest publically accessible viewing deck in the city: the Sun Dial Restaurant, perched on the 72nd floor.

210 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA

6. Georgia-Pacific Center

133 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
Looking up at a tall skyscraper. Michael Kahn

Height (feet/stories): 697/52

Year completed: 1982

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Occupying the site that once housed the Loew’s Grand Theater for nearly a century, the pink granite Georgia-Pacific Center stands out with its stepped rear facade. Out front, a stark plaza faces Peachtree Street.

133 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

7. Promenade Two

1230 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
An aerial view of a cityscape. There is a group of tall buildings in the center of other smaller city buildings in Atlanta. Google Maps

Height (feet/stories): 691/38

Year completed: 1990

Architect: AI Group and Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (now tvsdesign)

Located just down the street from Midtown’s tallest tower, Promenade Two is easily identified by its stepped top, crowned by a spire. It was part of a planned trio of similar buildings but was ultimately the only one that materialized.

1230 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

8. AT&T Midtown Center

675 W Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
The top of a tall building, the AT&T tower in Atlanta. Michael Kahn

Height (feet/stories): 677/47

Year completed: 1982

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and FABRAP (now Rosser)

Once slated to be built atop the Fox Theatre, a land swap saved the historic structure and resulted in the tower being built immediately behind the architectural gem. With deep-set windows and a tapered base, designed to avoid the MARTA line that runs beneath the building’s plaza, the cadenced white tower stands as a foil to the neighboring Bank of America Plaza.

675 W Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA

9. 3344 Peachtree/Sovereign

3344 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA
A towering, sweeping blue glass building against a grey sky. Michael Kahn

Height (feet/stories): 665/48

Year completed: 2008

Architect: Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates, Inc.

The only building to make the list from outside Midtown and downtown, Buckhead’s Sovereign building on Peachtree Road is also the newest to grace the Top 10 countdown. Completed just as the recession started, the sweeping glass tower contains offices and ritzy condos.

3344 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA

10. 1180 Peachtree

1180 Peachtree, Atlanta, GA

Height (feet/stories): 665/48

Year completed: 2006

Architect: Pickard Chilton Architects, Inc.

Known by many as the “Batman Building” thanks to the distinctive fins that extend beyond the roof, the Midtown tower shares a block with One Atlantic Center and Promenade Two. It was completed as part of the failed Symphony Center project. Now, long-stalled plans call for an adjacent site to be developed into No2 Opus Place (and other sky-rises), possibly solidifying the block as a hotbed for Midtown’s highest newer high-rises.

1180 Peachtree
Atlanta, GA