One World Trade Center’s spire makes it tallest building in US

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NEW YORK, NY – The Council on Tall Buildings has just named the most skyward skyscraper; it’s One World Trade Center in New York City.

At 1,776 feet, it’s no coincidence that its height matches the year the U.S. declared independence.

But there was a bit of controversy hovering over the Big Apple’s tallest tree; is it truly the tallest building? Does its spire count?

Chicago’s Willis Tower rises 1,451 feet, if you don’t count its broadcast antennas, which the council doesn’t.

One World Trade measures 1,368 feet without its spire.

But the committee met in early November and decided that since the spire is a permanent part of the design.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been very vocal with his disapproval of the decision.

Either way, both cities have a lot to live up to. The world’s tallest building belongs to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa standing at more than 2700 feet.