About Hearst Tower
The Hearst Tower in Charlotte, North Carolina is a 47-story skyscraper along North Tryon Street that rises 659 feet (201 m) in height. It opened on 14 November 2002 and is the 3rd-tallest building in Charlotte. The 32-story tower rests atop a 15-floor podium. Located within the podium is a three-story, 180,000-square-foot (17,000 m) trading floor designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and operated by Bank of America. The building is currently owned by Bank of America, although the Hearst Corporation also has offices in the building. The building's reverse floorplate design makes the upper floors average 24,000 square feet (2,200 m) compared to an average of only 20,000 square feet (1,900 m) for the lower floors. In the College Street lobby are brass railings designed by Edgar Brandt that were rescued from an Au Bon Marche department store in Paris. The Hearst Plaza, a 160 by 65-foot (20 m) public plaza lined with restaurants, shops, and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, is located next to the main entrance off North Tryon Street. In front of the plaza is a 10-foot (3.