And the Tallest Building in the United States is…
One World Trade Center was declared the tallest building in the United States on Wednesday. The new World Trade Center took the title from Chicago’s Willis Tower — formerly Sears Tower — after its spire was ruled an architecturally significant feature of the building by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
The Council’s decision regarding the spire was substantial in crowning the tallest building in the United States. Without the spire, One World Trade Center is only 1,368 feet and does not surpass the Willis Tower, which comes in at 1,451 feet. When the spire is included then the World Trade Center stretches 1,776 feet. If the spire was not seen as part of the building’s architecture then it would not count towards the height and Willis Tower would have kept the top spot. The Council doesn’t include building’s antennas, flag poles, or signage which determining a building’s height.
Timothy Johnson, Council chairman, stated that it was very clear that the spire was not an antenna, thus it was included in the height of One World Trade Center making it the tallest building in the United States. Now that New York has claimed the title, tourists can add the new World Trade Center to their list of must-see attractions along with the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square and so much more while visiting the city. And for those tourists visiting Chicago, don’t worry there is still plenty to do in the Windy City, even if you can’t say you saw the tallest building in the United States.