The Second City will have to adjust to having the nation’s second tallest building, as a panel of architects officially declared today that 1 World Trade Center has displaced Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) as America’s top skyscraper.
Specifically, the Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat proclaimed that the 408-foot needle atop 1 WTC is a spire rather than an antenna, making it a permanent part of the building and qualifying it for inclusion in height measurements.
With the decision, 1 WTC meets its symbolically resonant height of 1,776 feet and fairly dwarfs the 1,451-foot Willis Tower. Nine of the nation’s 10 tallest skyscrapers are in New York and Chicago, with the Windy City’s 92-story Trump International Hotel and Tower rounding out the top three.
Last month, the Durst Organization unveiled model office spaces at 1 WTC. Still, no major corporate tenant has leased space in the building since Conde Nast.