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How tall is tall?

By January 15, 2014

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How tall is the nearly complete One World Trade Center? The spire brings the architectural height of One World Trade Center to a symbolic 1776 feet Late last year, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat ruled that the spire atop 1WTC is an integral part of its architecture, which makes the whole building 1,776 feet high. Well, maybe.

Defining tall buildings and measuring height can be a slippery slope. As we await the grand opening of the tallest building in North America, we have to ask, What is a skyscraper?

Photo of the spire atop 1WTC © Jackie Craven

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