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Hearst Tower


Hearst Tower


Structure in General

existing [completed]
curtain wall
light brown


commercial office
shop(s) restaurant museum parking


  • Hearst Publishing Corporation and Bank of America anchor this tower.
  • It officially opened on Thursday, November 14, 2002.
  • Located within the tower is a 3-story, 180,000 square-foot trading floor operated by the Bank of America; designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
  • The 32 floor tower rests atop a 15 floor podium which contains the building lobby, a parking garage, retail, and the large trading floor.
  • The building's precast, concrete facade has a surface area of 299,000 square feet.
  • The building's structural system is divided between concrete for the podium and steel for the tower.
  • The tower was built atop the site of the former CityFair specialty retail center, directly across 5th Street from Bank of America Corporate Center and directly across North Tryon Street from the Fifth Third Center.
  • Located within the lobby of the tower is the Bank of America Gallery, which contains priceless pieces of art and is open to the public during regular business hours.
  • Due to the potential tredecaphobia, or fear of the number 13, of possible tenants who would not want to lease space on a 13th floor, the tower does not have one.
  • Leading to the main entrance off North Tryon Street is the Hearst Plaza, which is a 160 by 65 foot public plaza lined with restaurants, shops, and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design.
  • The building has a reverse floorplate design with the upper floors averaging 24,000 square feet compared to an average of only 20,000 square feet for the lower floors. This design gives the tower its distinctive flared out appearance towards the tower’s top.
  • Located at the front of Hearst Plaza is a 10-foot glass and bronze sculpture crafted by Howard Ben Tre entitled the Castellan, which translates to "keeper of the castle.".
  • Located within the College Street lobby are brass railings designed by Edgar Brandt, which were rescued from an Au Bon Marche department store in Paris, and go hand-in-hand with the tower's art deco influences.

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214 North Tryon Street
North Carolina

Technical Data

658.81 ft
658.81 ft
658.81 ft

Involved Companies

civil engineering, concrete supplier, construction company, crane supplier (construction), developer, electrical contractor, elevator supplier, facade supplier, fire protection engineering, general contractor, investor, landscape architect, mechanical systems installation, owner, property management, security system supplier, steel supplier, structural engineering, surveyor, tenant

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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