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One World Trade Center Officially Declared Tallest Building in U.S.

Step aside, Chicago: One World Trade Center, the iconic replacement for the Twin Towers, was officially designated the tallest building in the United States Tuesday morning, cresting Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower).

The skyscraper-in-progress tops off at a symbolic 1,776 feet, though there was disagreement as to whether its 409-foot spire was architecturally significant enough to the design to be included. Without the spire, the building would only reach 1,368 feet, second to the Chicago structure.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a panel of architectural experts, convened and decided the spire counted toward the final measurement, whereas the antenna atop the Willis Tower did not.

The announcement is another development in tumultuous decade-plus debate over the city’s response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Watch a clip on the segment below, via Fox News:

[h/t NBC News]

[Image via Tom Kaminski]

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