New York's 1 World Trade Center named tallest U.S. tower

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NEW YORK — Lower Manhattan's 1 World Trade Center is the tallest tower in the U.S., the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat said Tuesday.

The Chicago-based group's height committee decided that the New York skyscraper's 408-foot (124-meter) spire is part of the architecture of the building and counts as part of its official span. At 1,776 feet, 1 World Trade Center surpasses Chicago's Willis Tower as the country's tallest building.

The Trade Center tower, scheduled for completion in January, will be the second to open at Ground Zero. Its height including the spire was chosen by Daniel Libeskind, the master- plan architect for the 16-acre (6.5-hectare) site, as a symbolic reference to the year the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain.

The 110-story Willis Tower, completed in 1973 and originally named the Sears Tower, is 1,450 feet tall, according to its website. Its owners say it's the world's eighth-tallest building.

The council is a global organization of real estate professionals including landlords, developers, architects and engineers, according to its website.