The Tallest Buildings of Atlanta’s Southern Skyline

The Tallest Buildings of Atlanta’s Southern Skyline

published on January 22, 2019 by Bill Jamison - Jamison & Co.

From Downtown to Uptown, Atlanta’s expansive skyline grows in size with each new high rise development. While we at Jamison & Co. love to marvel at the latest constructions around the city, we can’t help but recognize the buildings that have and will continue to tower over us for decades.


It’s true that Atlanta boasts a modest skyline compared to the concrete jungles of its sister cities, but we can certainly be proud of what we do have. In fact, many of our skyscrapers have impressive, record-setting histories. And the interesting part is that almost all of these buildings live on the same iconic Atlanta road: Peachtree Street.

The tallest building in Atlanta has been setting records on Peachtree Street since 1992. The 55-story, 1.3 million square foot Bank of America Plaza stands tall and proud situated between Midtown and Downtown. The building was designed by architectural firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates to have a column-free interior and a modern art deco exterior that both give way to its distinctive timelessness and magnificent city views. Up until recently, this building was America’s tallest skyscraper outside of New York and Chicago, but the good news is that it still reigns as the nation’s tallest of all capital cities. We love Bank of America Plaza and its gleaming, 1,023-foot tall crown because it can be seen from almost everywhere in Atlanta.

SunTrust Plaza, also located on Peachtree Street, is the second tallest building in the city. This spectacularly designed tower was completed in 1992 by internationally renowned architect John Portman, Jr. Standing 60 stories high, SunTrust Plaza carves a distinctive cube-like shape into our Atlanta skyline. With a total of 1.2 million square feet, this workplace building is incomparably and optimally designed for tenants seeking open floor plans and an uplifting corporate atmosphere. We believe a happy workplace isn’t just about the building blocks of corporate culture, but also about the building’s environment.

Another child of Atlanta in the 1990s, 191 Peachtree Tower radiates regality with its two twin crowns that gaze down upon the city. Towering 770 feet tall, this noble Peachtree Street building was a collaboration by Johnson/Burgee Architects and Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc. All 50 floors of its exterior are made from marvelous pink granite.

When completed in 1976, Atlanta’s Westin Peachtree Plaza was the tallest hotel in the world. While it no longer holds this title, it still holds a place in the Top 25 internationally. Located on downtown Peachtree Street, this 72-story building touches the Atlanta sky with its cylindrical shape engulfed in reflective glass that beautifully mirrors the surrounding Atlanta skyline. This iconic Atlanta hotel was also a birth child of the talented John Portman, Jr.

It’s no secret that Atlanta is a landmark city of the South and we certainly have the architects of our southern skyline to thank for this prestigious title. As we look forward to future developments, Jamison & Co. will always be grateful for the generations before us that left their mark on this city.

What’s your favorite building in Atlanta’s skyline? What if you could have a view from your very own living room? There are countless properties around the city that have a skyline view. Contact us to find your next home and make this dream a reality.

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