Florida’s Tallest Buildings Through Time

Our infographics shows the tallest buildings in Florida at the time they were built, since 1925. Also included is the Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences, which will take the crown as the tallest when completed in 2027. Each building’s height is scaled in relation to the others.

Illustrations by Savannah Doremus

Illustration of the Freedom Tower in Miami

Freedom Tower,
Miami* Built 1925, 289 feet, 17 stories

Originally built to house the Miami Daily News, the tower was renamed Freedom Tower and used as a relief center for Cuban refugees 1962-1974. Now owned by Miami-Dade College, it serves as an event space and museum.

Illustration of the Miami Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables

Miami Biltmore Hotel,
Coral Gables* Built 1926, 315 feet, 15 stories

Built by Coral Gables developer George Merrick, the Spanish-style structure served as an Army hospital during World War II and later a Veteran’s hospital. It has been restored and again functions as a hotel.

Illustration of the Miami-Dade County Courthouse in Miami

Miami-Dade County Courthouse,
Miami* Built 1928, 360 feet, 28 stories

Housed an “escape-proof” jail on the upper floors until 1961; 70 prisoners had escaped over the years. It was temporarily closed in July 2021 over safety concerns after the collapse of Champlain Towers in Surfside. A new 25-story county courthouse is expected to open across the street in 2024.

Illustration of the NASA Vehicle Assembly Building on Merritt Island

NASA Vehicle Assembly Building,
Merritt Island Built 1966, 525 feet, 1 story

Constructed for the assembly of the Apollo/Saturn V moon rocket, the VAB is one of the largest buildings in the world by volume, covering eight acres. The 209-foot-tall, 110-foot-wide U.S. flag painted on the building is the largest American flag.

Illustration of the Wells Fargo Center in Jacksonville

Wells Fargo Center,
Jacksonville Built 1974, 535 feet, 37 stories

The center was temporarily closed in 2017 after Hurricane Irma’s storm surge flooded the parking garage and loading dock. A $12.5 million renovation of the lobby, cafe and common areas is set for completion this year.

Illustration of the One Tampa City Center in Tampa

One Tampa City Center,
Tampa Built 1981, 537 feet, 39 stories

Previously known by the names of various tenants — GTE, Verizon and PNC — in 1991 the center was reportedly the first in Florida to start a recycling program.

Illustration of the Southeast Financial Center in Miami

Southeast Financial Center,
Miami, Built 1984, 764 feet, 55 stories

The building is part of a complex that includes an annex that houses the Downtown Athletic Club and a 15-story parking garage. A landscaped open-air palm court sits between the buildings.

Illustration of the Four Seasons Hotel Miami in Miami

Four Seasons Hotel Miami,
Miami, Built 2003, 781 feet, 64 stories

Mixed-use building with 221 hotel rooms and suites, 84 residences, restaurants, 230,000 square feet of offices, retail space, and a sports club.

Illustration of the Panorama Tower in Miami

Panorama Tower,
Miami, Built 2017, 868 feet, 85 stories

More than 170 trucks poured 13,600 cubic yards of cement into the foundation during construction of the mixed-use building, reportedly the single largest pour in Florida history.

Illustration of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences in Miami

Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Residences,
Miami, 2027 (expected), 1,049 feet, 100 stories

Ground was broken in October 2022 on what is slated to become the tallest “supertall” residential tower south of New York. Designed as a stack of cubes, the building will require a tuned mass damper that acts like a pendulum to keep the building from swaying in the wind.

Sources: Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Wikipedia, SkyscraperPage.com, NPR.org, Miami History blog, Miami-Dade County, individual property websites, NASA, National Park Service, Miami Today, Jacksonville Daily Record, Hines, Bloomberg, The Real Deal. *Listed on the National Register of Historic Places