While the Forth Worth skyline may not scrape the Olympian heights of Chicago, New York, or even Dallas, the downtown houses some mighty architecture looming over the city. Fort Worth’s post-modernist architecture, actually, is quite the complement to the city’s simple, clean, unpretentious image.
1. Wells Fargo Tower/Omni Fort Worth Hotel
Fort Worth has a tie for fifth place on its tallest buildings list. Wells Fargo Tower and the Omni both reach 447 feet. Wells has 33 floors and was completed in 1982. For a year, it was the city’s highest peak, until Burnett Plaza was completed. The Omni, completed in 2009, is the tallest building built in Fort Worth this century.
2. Fort Worth Tower
Before the Wells Fargo Tower took the prize away from it, the Fort Worth Tower was the city’s tallest structure. In 2000, a tornado nearly ruined this fine old building. It was saved from the chopping block by an effort to convert it to a residential building ‒‒ now the tallest such building in the city. It now is Fort Worth’s fourth-tallest building, at 488 feet.
3. Carter and Burgess Plaza
Known more by its address than proper name, 777 Main Street, the plaza building stands where the city’s famed Aviation Building stood from 1930 to 1978. The building has had many monikers over the years, including Continental Plaza and UPR Plaza. But it’s always stood 525 feet tall.
4. D.R. Horton Tower
The D.R. Horton Tower misses being the tallest building in Fort Worth by a mere 20 feet. At 547 feet, this 38-floor giant is the taller of the two towers in the City Center Towers Complex.
5. Burnett Plaza
Since its completion in 1983, Burnett Plaza has ruled the skies of Fort Worth’s downtown. It’s 40 floors soar to 567 feet and stands on the former site of the Medical Arts Building. The plaza also features the 50-foot “Man With a Briefcase” sculpture by Jonathan Borofsky ‒‒ an aluminum sculpture with the cutout of a businessman in the center.