Memphis' Tallest Buildings

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    When you cross the Hernando DeSoto Bridge into Memphis, you can't help but notice the beauty of the Memphis skyline. Its historical architecture combined with modern elements make it a scene to behold. Scattered throughout this skyline are some of the city's tallest buildings. Read about these buildings, their impressive sizes, and their significance to the city of Memphis.

    Updated by Holly Whitfield November 2017 

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    100 North Main

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    At 430 feet, 100 North Main is currently Memphis' tallest skyscraper. The 37 story building was completed in 1965. For years, many people knew this highrise as the "UP" or "Union Planters" building as it was topped with a giant Union Planters Bank sign. This sign was removed in 2006.
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    Raymond James Tower

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    The Raymond James Tower (formerly the Morgan Keegan Tower) is located at 50 North Front Street in downtown Memphis. Although the building only has 21 stories, it is Memphis' second highest building, standing at a height of 403 feet. This height includes the spire that crowns the building. Construction of the Raymond James Tower was completed in 1985 at the site of the demolished Hotel King Cotton.

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    Clark Tower

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    Unlike many of Memphis' other skyscrapers that are located downtown, Clark Tower looms over East Memphis at 5100 Poplar Avenue. This iconic 34-story building stands 400 feet tall, giving it the distinction of Memphis' third tallest building. Clark Tower consists primarily of office space, but also houses the Tower Room restaurant on the 33rd floor of the building.

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    One Commerce Square

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    Memphis' fourth tallest building is One Commerce Square (pictured in the background above). Previously, the building housed NBC (bank) and then Suntrust Bank. Now, it is distinguished by a large "iBank" sign and colloquially referred to as the iBank building. Located near the southeast corner of Union Avenue and Second Street, One Commerce Square has 31 stories and stands 396 feet tall. Construction of the building was completed in 1973.

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    Sterick Building

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    The Sterick Building is a beautiful, but vacant, skyscraper at 8 North 3rd Street in downtown Memphis. The city's fifth tallest building, it stands 365 feet tall with 29 stories. Construction of the Sterick Building was completed in 1930 and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. This impressive tower that was Memphis' tallest building from 1930 to 1965 has stood empty since 1980. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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    First Tennessee Bank Building

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    There is one more impressively tall structure that stands in downtown Memphis. The First Tennessee Bank Building is located at 165 Madison Avenue. The office building stands 332 feet high with 25 floors making it Memphis' sixth tallest skyscraper. Construction of the building was completed in 1964. This skyscraper is known for its light displays