Wyoming isn’t exactly known for its skyscrapers. That’s not to say Wyoming doesn’t have a lot to look at. However, most landscapes tend to be on the man-made side of things. But recently National Skyscraper Day (September 3rd) passed and we’d be remiss if we didn’t discuss Wyoming’s tallest building in … Wait, where exactly is Wyoming’s tallest building?
If you ask most sources via the internet, you will find that White Hall on the University of Wyoming campus is the tallest building in the state. It is 146 feet high, consists of 12 stories and was built in 1967. It is named after Dr. Laura A. White, who served on the school’s faculty from 1913 to 1948. The structure is a student dormitory housing 587 students. Even its own profile listing on the university’s website indicates that it is the tallest building in Wyoming.
Case closed, right? Nope.
Arguably the most iconic building in the entire state in Cheyenne is the Wyoming State Capitol. According to Visit Cheyenne, from building level to the tip of the spire that rises to the top of the building’s dome, the height is 146 feet. However, the height in the center and on both wings from top to bottom is approximately 60 feet.
By the time the building was inaugurated in 1886, I don’t think they took into consideration that anyone could try to consider whether it could be the tallest building in the state in 2021. Given the dominant presence it has in the Capital’s skyline, one could try to argue that its height from the ground to the top of the spire makes it the tallest building in Wyoming. But could they? Let’s take a quick look …
If you had to choose, with the entire top half of the building reaching its peak, all the technical details would point to Laramie’s White Hall on the UW campus as the tallest building in the state of Wyoming. All the same, both buildings are marvels to watch whether you’re on the UW campus in Laramie or downtown Cheyenne. Either way, any Wyomingite can certainly appreciate both.
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