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Bank of America Plaza (Atlanta) – Tallest Building in North America Outside of Chicago/New York City

Posted by Jae on January 21, 2009

Bank of America Plaza (Atlanta)

Bank of America Plaza (Atlanta)

The Bank of America Plaza (Atlanta) is a 1992 completed, 150 million 1992 US dollar, 55 floor, 312 m skyscraper located in Atlanta, USA. It ranks as the 34th tallest building in the world, as the tallest building in North America outside of Chicago and New York City, Georgia‘s tallest building, the tallest building in any U.S. state capital, and the pride of Atlanta. It has 55 stories of office space and was originally called the NationsBank Building. The Bank of America Plaza was the last American skyscraper built to be one of the ten tallest in the world (in the 14 years since its construction all new entries onto the top ten list have been in Asia. Thankfully other American projects are in the works currently.)

Designed in the Postmodern architectural style and built in only 14 months (one of the fastest construction schedules for any 300ish m building), The Plaza’s imposing presence is heightened by the dark color of its exterior. It soars into the sky with vertical lines that reinforce its height while also creating an abundance of revenue-generating corner offices. Located on Peachtree Street (isn’t everything Peach something in Atlanta? Just joking I love Atlanta and this skyscraper), the skyscraper faces its border streets at a 45-degree angle to maximize the views to the north and south.

There is a 27 m obelisk-like spire at the top of the building echoing the shape of the building as a whole. Most of the spire is covered in 23 karat (96%) gold leaf. The open-lattice steel pyramid underneath the obelisk glows orange at night due to lighting.

According to published reports in Commercial Property News and Commercial Mortgage Alert, the building was recently sold for $436 million— a record price at $348 per square foot– to BentleyForbes, a Los Angeles real estate investment firm headed by C. Frederick Wehba (baller.)


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