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Spire Installed on One World Trade Center, Making it the Tallest Building in the Western Hemisphere

Posted By Mark Boyer On May 12, 2013 @ 12:56 pm In Architecture | No Comments

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A 408-foot silver spire was installed on top of One World Trade Center [2] in downtown Manhattan on Friday, bringing its official height to 1,776 feet and making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Since the tower was first announced, a debate has raged over whether or not it truly is the tallest. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat [3] — the authority on such matters — because the WTC’s spire is ornamental and not functional, it was counted in the building’s official height, edging out Chicago’s Willis Tower [4].



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