Controversy: Is Twin Falls New Tallest Building Truly a Skyscraper?
In 2019, we heard that plans had been approved for what we called the first skyscraper in Twin Falls. The building would become the tallest building in Twin Falls and tower over the Twin Falls Commons area and all surrounding buildings. People disagreed then, and still do, about using the term ‘skyscraper’ to describe the building.
Does Twin Falls Actually have a Skyscraper Now or Just a Tall Building?
The new tallest building in Twin Falls is still technically under construction, but it definitely towers over everything in Downtown Twin Falls. But is that enough to call it a skyscraper? Being the tallest building in Twin Falls doesn’t take much. The Main Ave Lofts building is only 6 stories tall which is baby-sized compared to skyscrapers in larger cities, but it’s much taller than anything we have here. Opinions or what to call the tall building are split online, and they are also hilarious.
As far as the definition of a skyscraper, and if the Main Ave Lofts fit the description, it depends on where you look for your information. I included this in the original story back in 2019, but for you naysayers, Dictionary states a skyscraper is: a relatively tall building of many stories, especially one for office or commercial use. If you trust Wikipedia, they updated their information a little and say a skyscraper is: a tall continuously habitable building having multiple floors. Modern sources currently define skyscrapers as being at least 330 ft in height, though there is no universally accepted definition. That means skyscraper is a relative term and definitely fits the Main Ave Lofts. But, yes, calling a 6-story building a skyscraper may sound silly if you think about how high the sky is.
For reference, the tallest building in Idaho, the 8th and Main tower in Boise is only 18 stories and I’d still call it a skyscraper.