Panel Declares WTC Skyscraper Is Tallest In The Nation


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ftoOne World Trade Center will be the nation’s tallest building when it is completed next year, a Chicago-based tall buildings council announced Tuesday.

Reflecting intense public interest in the decision, the announcement was made before a bank of television cameras in a packed room of the 16th floor of the IIT Tower at the corner of State Street and 35th Street. The room looked out to the Chicago skyline, including Willis Tower.

Widely acknowledged as the arbiter of skyscraper height disputes, the private, Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced its decision in simultaneous Chicago and New York press conferences.

The announcement culminated weeks of speculation about the ruling, which drew widespread attention because it would finally settle the issue of whether Chicago or New York could claim bragging rights to having the nation’s and the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building, as well as whether One World Trade Center would achieve the symbolic height of 1,776 feet.

Willis Tower, completed in 1974 and once the world’s tallest building, is 1,451 feet tall. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the current holder of the title, is 2,717 feet tall.

The council’s height committee met for 3 1/2 hours last Friday at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where the council is headquartered. Representatives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a co-developer of One World Trade Center, addressed the committee, as did the skyscraper’s architects, the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

(Source: Chicago Tribune)


  1. It’s not too late to implement my plan.
    1. Build the structure one floor higher than before.
    2. On the top floor, locate a the world’s largest slaughter house for pigs.
    3. On the floor below build a big mosque.
    4. In the event that some Muslims, who have not learned Islam’s message of peace and respect for all, knock the structure down, all that pig slop (blood, guts, unprintable, etc.) would drop right into the mosque.

    Wouldn’t that be a good “insurance policy”?

  2. In my opinion the height of a building should be measured by the height of the top floor that is occupied by tenants or tourists ie…Not a maintenance floor.

    Theoretically they could make a spindly spire 3000 feet tall and claim to have the tallest building in the world at well over 4000 feet.

    A spire is just a cheap trick.

    Frum not crum: That is a brilliant idea, I love it.
    But of course we both know the liberals would never allow it and would scream “intolerant racist”, at anyone who seriously suggested it.