Ordway Building
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The tallest building in Oakland is currently the Ordway Building, but as you might imagine, others were the 'tallest' before it was built. Taller buildings have been proposed, but none have been built yet.

Note that people often incorrectly say the Tribune Tower was once the tallest building in Oakland, but the Tribune Tower is only 305 feet tall, and thus shorter than City Hall, and was constructed in 1923, after City Hall was completed.

Building Years as Tallest Height (ft.) Floors
Wilcox Block 1868–? ? 3
Oakland Bank Building 1907–1914 ? / 225  8 / 18 *
Oakland City Hall 1914–1960 320 14
Kaiser Center 1960–1970 390 28
Ordway Building 1970–present

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NB: The Oakland Bank Building was constructed in 1907 at 8 stories tall. The 18-story addition was built in 1922.

Other Tall Structures

None of these has ever been the tallest building in Oakland, but are of notable height.

Building Constructed Height Floors
flag pole in Latham Square 1899-1912 150 N/A
Tribune Tower 1923 305 22
1111 Broadway 1990 360 24
1999 Harrison / Lake Merritt Plaza 1988 371 27
1640 Broadway 2018 380 34

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