In honor of the 82nd anniversary of the completion of the Empire State Building on May 1, 1931, and the projected completion of One World Trade Center later this year, we thought we’d take a look at the tallest buildings in the United States. Go America!
So, what's the tallest building in the United States in 2013? Well, if we’re counting buildings scheduled to be completed this year – and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat does – then that honor goes to …
<strong>1. One World Trade Center (New York City)</strong>
As the new third-tallest building <em>in the world</em>, Freedom Tower stands at a whopping 1,776 feet tall – in commemoration of the year America won its independence. Feel that warm hum in your chest? It’s the rising echo of a thousand screaming freedom eagles! SCREEAAWWWW!
<em>Records:</em> Too awesomely new to hold any.
<strong>2. Willis Tower (Chicago) </strong>
This is perhaps the only example in which everyone wishes a building would just return to its old corporate name; like, maybe, the Sears Tower. At 1,451 feet, the building was renamed in 2009 after Willis Group Holdings acquired a significant stake in the structure. No screamin’ eagles here, folks: WGH is headquartered in London.
<em>Records:</em> World’s tallest building, 1973 to 1998.
<strong>3. Trump International Hotel and Tower (Chicago)</strong>
Standing at 1,389 feet, Trump Tower Chicago is not quite so tall as the owner’s hair or massive ego, but it still manages to impress in this list. For many Chicagoans it’s a poor replacement for the venerated <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> building, but it does make for a fine addition to an already dazzling skyline.
<em>Records: </em>Building with the highest residential space, 2009 to 2012.
<strong>4. Empire State Building (New York City)</strong>
This iconic building rises 1,454 feet to its current spot on this list and number 23 on the international list of tallest buildings. A firm fixture in pop culture from 1933’s <em>King Kong</em> to its depiction in the Tom Cruise vehicle <em>Oblivion</em> this year, the Empire State Building is a globally recognized symbol of America.
<em>Records:</em> World’s tallest building, 1931 to 1972
<strong>5. Bank of America Tower (New York City)</strong>
Despite its lame association with a bank, this 1,200-foot structure was built with style in mind. The BOAT, as it’s called, is Platinum LEED Certified thanks to its whiz-bang environmental engineering design, which even includes waterless urinals (?) and a rainwater capture and reuse system.
<em>Records:</em> General eco-friendly radness
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