1 World Trade Center Officially Declared America’s Tallest Building



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.

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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. 

OneWorldTradeCenterWith 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.