After enduring one of the most tragic events in recent history with the unforgettable 9/11, the Empire City may have something to smile about in the near future, as the newly constructed One World Trade Center is being deemed as the United States’ tallest building, and beat Chicago’s Willis Tower—both of which stand at 1,776 and 1,451 feet tall—respectively. The will be a ribbon cutting for the former.
“The New York building will indeed officially be 1,776 feet tall as previously publicized, meaning it will take the U.S. title from Chicago’s Willis Tower — at 1,451 feet — when it is completed next year, the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat said Tuesday.
The key word is permanence. The decision that antennae do not count in the height of a building is because antennae are not permanent to the building design,” CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood told reporters in Chicago. “… The committee were quite clear that that was not the case on One World Trade Center. … We know that it’s a permanent feature because of the sacrosanct aspect of the 1,776 height.” – ABC News
Of course, there were many folks that had an issue with this, mainly from the organization(s) who grants the title to these sorts of things, and also believed that One World Trade Center’s topmost structure will be a permanent spire, which counts toward height, or an antenna, which wouldn’t have counted.