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(NEW YORK) — Which is the tallest building in the United States: the new World Trade Center tower in New York, or the Willis Tower in Chicago?  The answer will be revealed Tuesday morning when a committee of architects issues its ruling.

The skyscraper smackdown pits the Big Apple against the Windy City, with New York saying One World Trade Center is a symbolic 1,776 feet tall.  But take away the spire on top, and the new tower is just 1,368 feet. That would make it 82 feet shorter than Chicago’s Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower.

So does the spire count?  The verdict will come at 11 a.m. from a group called the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which is based in Chicago.

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