This list of early skyscrapers details a range of tall, commercial buildings built between 1880 and the 1930s, predominantly in the U.S. cities of New York and Chicago but also across the rest of the U.S. and in many other parts of the world.

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (January 2017)

The first skyscrapers (1880–1899)

New York's "Newspaper Row", showing the first skyscrapers built in the late 19th century: (l to r) World Building, Tribune Building, 150 Nassau Street, Times Building. Also visible at left is City Hall.
New York's "Newspaper Row", showing the first skyscrapers built in the late 19th century: (l to r) World Building, Tribune Building, 150 Nassau Street, Times Building. Also visible at left is City Hall.

Further information on the first skyscrapers: Early skyscrapers § Emergence of the skyscraper: 1880-99

California

Georgia

Illinois

Iowa

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

New York

New York City

Rochester

Buffalo

Albany

Pennsylvania

Utah

Wisconsin

Washington D.C.

Elsewhere in the world

The APA "Australia" Building in Melbourne, which stood from 1889 to 1980. It was Australia's tallest building until 1912.
The APA "Australia" Building in Melbourne, which stood from 1889 to 1980. It was Australia's tallest building until 1912.
The Witte Huis in Rotterdam, Europe's first skyscraper built in 1898.
The Witte Huis in Rotterdam, Europe's first skyscraper built in 1898.

Australia

Netherlands

United Kingdom

Japan

The "First Great Age" (1900–19)

Further information on the "First Great Age" of skyscrapers: Early skyscrapers § The "First Great Age": 1900–19

The Woolworth Building overlooking the Old Post Office and City Hall Park, with the peaks of the Singer Tower and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower just visible (l)
The Woolworth Building overlooking the Old Post Office and City Hall Park, with the peaks of the Singer Tower and the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower just visible (l)

United States

Alabama

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Iowa

Indiana

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Nebraska

New York

New York City
Rochester
Buffalo

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

Elsewhere in the world

Culwulla Chambers, Sydney's first skyscraper
Culwulla Chambers, Sydney's first skyscraper

United Kingdom

Argentina

Australia

Germany

Berlin
Jena

Netherlands

Poland

Inter-war period, boom and depression (1920–1939)

United States

Arizona

Connecticut

California

Florida

Georgia

Idaho

Indiana

Illinois

Iowa

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Nebraska

New Jersey

New York

New York City
Buffalo
Rochester
Syracuse
Albany
New Rochelle

North Carolina

Ohio

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

Elsewhere in the world

Australia

The Manchester Unity Building in Melbourne
The Manchester Unity Building in Melbourne

.

Melbourne
Sydney

Austria

Vienna

Argentina

Belgium

The Boerentoren in Antwerp
The Boerentoren in Antwerp
Antwerp
Brussels
Ghent

Canada

Montreal
Toronto
Vancouver

China

Guangzhou
Shanghai
Hong Kong

Czech Republic

Finland

France

Villeurbanne

Germany

The Borsigturm in Berlin
The Borsigturm in Berlin
The Hansahochhaus in Cologne
The Hansahochhaus in Cologne
Aachen
Berlin
Braunschweig
Chemnitz
Cologne
Dresden
Düsseldorf
Essen
Gera
Hamburg
Hanover
Jena
Leipzig
Magdeburg
Munich
Stuttgart

Italy

The Torrione INA in Brescia, Italy's first skyscraper.
The Torrione INA in Brescia, Italy's first skyscraper.
Brescia
Genoa
Milan
Turin

Netherlands

Amsterdam
Rotterdam

New Zealand

Poland

Warsaw
Wroclaw
Katowice

Russia

Serbia

Slovenia

Spain

The Telefónica Building in Madrid
The Telefónica Building in Madrid
Madrid
Barcelona

Sweden

Stockholm
Gothenburg

Switzerland

Ukraine

Kyiv
Kharkiv

United Kingdom

London

Hungary

See also

[UK first iron building 1797 Shrewsbury Flaxmill]