Updated! How High Is the World Trade Center? Officially?

UPDATE: New York rules! The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat unanimously voted that One WTC is the tallest building in the country.  The spire counts. See CTBUH's official word (and "completed building" caveat) here. See the rest of the coverage here.

Our earlier report:


WCBS-AM is reporting that the decision on whether the nation's tallest building is in New York or Chicago is expected later today.

CBS previously reported that members of the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat voted their choices Friday. 

The sticking point is One World Trade Center's spire.  Without it, the building measures 1,368 feet. But the building’s architects say that the spire on top should be counted.

If the council agrees, One WTC would be measured at 1,776 feet--325 feet taller than Chicago’s 1,451-foot Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower.

The council's website has the details; there will be simultaneous New York and Chicago press conferences at, respectively, 11 a.m. Eastern and 10 a.m. Central. 

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