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Tallest Buildings

This chart illustrates the tallest buildings in America from the 19th century to the present, with the new tallest building in the world, the Petrona Towers in Kuala Lumpur added. The chart is a client-side image map; if you click on the bars of the graph, detailed information about the buildings will come up. If your browser does not support client side image maps, click on the list below the chart.

  • Trinity Church, New York, 1839-46. Richard Upjohn, architect.
  • New York World Building, New York, 1889-90. George B. Post, architect.
  • Singer Building, NYC, 1906-8. Ernest Flagg, architect.
  • Woolworth Building, NYC, 1913. Cass Gilbert, architect.
  • Chrysler Building, NYC, 1929. Willian Van Alen, architect.
  • Empire State Building, NYC, 1931. Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, architects. H.G. Balcom, engineer.
  • World Trade Center, NYC, 1971. Minoru Yamasaki, architect.
  • Sears Tower, Chicago, 1970-74. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, architects.
  • Petrona Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1996. Cesar Pelli, architect.

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