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One World Trade Center Named Nation's Tallest Building

One World Trade Center — the marquee skyscraper that has spent more than a decade in development and construction amid great political debate — has claimed the mantle of tallest building in the country.
One World Trade Center — the marquee skyscraper that has spent more than a decade in development and construction amid great political debate — has claimed the mantle of tallest building in the country, staving off a challenge from Chicago's Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, an expert panel of architects has announced.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the official arbiters of all things architectural, said Tuesday that the 409-foot antenna atop 1 WTC counts toward the building's full height.

The decision settles a flurry of debate over whether the spire was integral to the structure's design. The organization does not count "antennae, signage, (or) flag poles" toward buildings' officials heights.

Without the needle, the building stands at a 1,368 feet — rivaling but not eclipsing Willis Tower's 1,451 feet.

For the full story: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/12/21421315-one-world-trade-center-crowned-the-tallest-building-in-us
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