Tallest Buildings and Structures in Washington, DC
Washington DC is a beautiful city filled with great buildings most of which are popular tourist attractions but due to the Height of Buildings Act which severely restricts the height of building in the nation's capital Washington DC is not filled with tall skyscrapers. These are all the buildings and structures in Washington DC that are over 200 feet in height excluding radio and TV towers and antennas.
All but one of these tallest buildings in Washington are open to the public and are big tourist attractions in the city drawing millions of visitors and tourists every year.
1) Washington Monument - 555 feet
The Washington Monument is the tallest structure in Washington DC and was the tallest structure in the world from 1884 to 1889 at 555 feet and is still the 3rd tallest monument in the United States. The Washington Monument was built over a 36 years from 1848 to 1884 when it was the tallest structure in the world until the Eiffel Tower in Paris was completed in 1889. Located at the west end of the National Mall the Washington Monument is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington.
2) Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception - 329 feet
Technically if you do not count the Washington Monument as a building than the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the tallest building in Washington DC. This grand Roman Catholic church is located at 400 Michigan Ave East and is the 20th largest church in the world. Built in Byzantine style the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Catholic Church in the United States, was built from 1919 to 1961 and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington drawing over 1 million visitors per year. Many Catholics take special bus trips and tours to the shrine their home churches and parishes.
3) Old Post Office Building - 315 feet
The Old Post Office Building is located at the intersection of 12th Street and Pennsylvania Ave NW. Designed by architect Willoughby J. Edbrooke in the Richardson Romanesque architectural style the Old Post Office Building was built from 1892-1899. Today this beautiful building is run by the National Park Service and is open to the public and has a great 270 foot high observation deck that offers tourists and visitors spectacular views of Washington DC.
4) Washington National Cathedral - 301 feet
The Washington National Cathedral is a huge Episcopalian church located at Wisconsin Avenue NW that was built in Gothic Revival style by architect George Frederick Bodley and his pupil Henry Vaughn from 1907-1990. The Washington National Cathedral is the largest church in the United States and 17th largest church in the world. The cathedral is a very popular tourist attraction in the nation's capital and offers visitors willing to climb the 333 steps to the top of the central tower fantastic views of the city.
5) United States Capitol - 289 feet
The distinctive United States Capitol Building is located on top of Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall. The Capitol Building was begun in 1793 when George Washington dressed in Masonic attire laid the cornerstone and was completed in 1811 though the building has had many additions and changes added over the years. The Capitol Building is a popular tourist attraction today that attracts thousands of visitors daily.
6) One Franklin Square - 210 feet
One Franklin Square is the only other building in the Capital that is over 200 feet and height and is located at 1301 K Street. One Franklin Square is 12 stories high and is the tallest commercial building in Washington DC. the building was completed in 1989.
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