Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Tall Buildings in Numbers
World’s Tallest Demolished Buildings

April 2018

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Although the world has more than 1,300 buildings of 200 meters or higher, no tall building of more than 187 meters has ever been demolished, with the exception of the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. However, JP Morgan Chase Bank currently plans to demolish the former Union Carbide Building (1960) in New York to make way for a taller headquarters building. At 215.5 meters, this would become the tallest building in history to have been peacefully demolished. This report examines the 100 tallest buildings in history to have been dismantled by their owners, and some of the reasons for doing so.

Top 10 Tallest Demolished Buildings

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Timeline of the 100 Tallest Demolished Buildings

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100 Tallest Demolished Buildings

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Data as of 2018
*As building never completed, listed completion date is the date of construction suspension