Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
The needle, measuring 408 feet tall, was more than enough to confirm Chicago is the Second City when it comes to tall buildings.
Residents of Chicago have already seen the Willis Tower stripped of its status of the world’s tallest building and its iconic name the Sears Tower, and some are in no hurry to concede the title of the nation’s tallest building to New York.
The new World Trade Center tower has punched above the New York skyline to reach its powerfully symbolic height of 1,776 feet and become the tallest building in the country. Or has it?
A 408-foot-tall decorative shell over the antenna mast has been removed from the tower’s design. That means the building might not be recognized as 1,776-feet-tall when completed.