What Is the Tallest Building in the United States?


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As of 2014, the tallest building in the United States is the One World Trade Center, located in downtown Manhattan in New York. As the tallest skyscraper in North America, and the third-tallest building in the world, its architectural height stands at an imposing 1,776 feet. Including a 16-foot antenna, the One World Trade Center is 1,792 feet tall from the base to its tip.

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Before the One World Trade Center was declared as the new official tallest building in the U.S., the title was formerly held for 40 years by Chicago's Willis Tower, known previously as the Sears Tower. The construction of the One World Trade Center, popularly called the "Freedom Tower," was proposed in 2005 and completed in 2014. The 104-story mega-structure was a joint venture between the Durst Organization and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Led by principal architect David Childs of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the One World Trade Center is an engineering and architectural feat that combines elements of modernistic design, security and continuity. The building has come to symbolize a renewal of faith and aspiration in the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center twin towers in September, 2001.

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