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The Wachovia Center is a 460-foot (140 m), 34-floor office skyscraper in Winston-Salemmarker, North Carolinamarker, USAmarker. It is the tallest building in the Piedmont Triad region and was the tallest in the Carolinas outside of Charlottemarker until the RBC Plaza was completed in Raleighmarker. The building served as the corporate headquarters of Wachovia bank from 1995, the year of the tower's construction, to 2001, the year the corporation merged with First Union and moved its headquarters to Charlotte. Wachovia sold the building to American Financial Real Estate Trust after the merger, but the financial company still leases space in it (it is uncertain how the merger with Wells Fargo will affect this status). Prior to the tower's construction, the then-tallest building in the city, the Wachovia Building (now Winston Towermarker), housed Wachovia's corporate headquarters.

The building was designed by world-renowned architect C├ęsar Pelli and features Moravian architectural themes, for which Winston-Salem is famous; notable aspects include the Moravian arch, which was used in the dome's design, and the Moravian star, which was used on the lobby's mosaics. Pelli said it resembled a rose bud about to bloom. It is sheathed in Olympia white granite and is the only granite-domed skyscraper in the world. The granite comes from a single quarry in Sardinia. The dome rises 59 feet and houses mechanical equipment. The gardens around the site were designed by Cesar Pelli's wife Diana Balmori, a landscape architect.

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