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Panel: 1 World Trade Center Is Tallest US Building

One World Trade Center and the Manhattan skyline
One World Trade Center and the Manhattan skyline (TheLakewoodScoop.com)

An expert committee of architects declares that New York’s new World Trade Center tower is now the tallest building in the U.S., surpassing Chicago’s Willis Tower.

The Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) rises above the Chicago skyline
The Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) rises above the Chicago skyline (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced its decision Tuesday in Chicago.

The committee is widely recognized as the final arbiter of official building heights around the world. It has been studying whether a design change means the needle atop 1 World Trade Center is part of the actual building or merely the equivalent of a broadcast antenna.

The tower built on the site of the 9/11 attacks stands at a symbolically important 1,776 feet tall including the 408-foot needle. It officially would have been considered 1,368 feet tall without the needle.

Willis Tower is 1,451 feet tall.

 

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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