One Wells Fargo Center is a skyscraper in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is the headquarters for Wells Fargo's east coast division. At 588 feet (179 m) tall and 42 stories, it is the fifth tallest building in Charlotte. When it was opened on September 14, 1988 it was the tallest building in North Carolina. In 1992, One Wells Fargo Center was surpassed by the Bank of America Corporate Center, and again in 2002 by Hearst Tower, another Bank of America building. It is considered Charlotte's first postmodern high-rise.
In July 1985, Trammell Crow Co. and Norfolk Southern Corp. announced plans for the block between College and Brevard Streets and between 2nd and 3rd Streets. First Union Center, named for its main occupant, would include an 850,000-square-foot 34-story granite and glass skyscraper called Two First Union Center, which was to be Art Deco and the city's first postmodernist office tower. The project would also include a hotel, two office buildings and a park. Unlike nearby buildings with flat roofs, the JPJ Architects design used a roof where "[t]he top is rounded, a bold arch rising above the setback sections that enliven the principal facade ... this one looks like an old radio." The first office tower was to start construction in December 1985 and be complete in 1987.
By mid-1986, Two First Union Center had been changed to a 42-story building, to be Charlotte's tallest, and by December, when NCNB and Charter Properties announced an even taller building, First Union's new headquarters was called One First Union Center. The $100 million One First Union Center became the city's tallest building on August 21, 1987 with the pouring of concrete for the 41st floor. When First Union employees began moving in to the new building in February 1988, the name Two First Union Center referred to the bank's previous headquarters on Tryon Street.