Photos: New WTC tower among world's tallest buildings

Photos: New WTC tower among world's tallest buildings

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: The Manhattan skyline with One World Trade Center, now the tallest building in the United States, is viewed on May 10, 2013 in New York City. After more than 11 years of construction and planning, One World Trade Center reached its final height Friday morning of 1,776 feet. When it opens for business in 2014, One World Trade center will be home to companies including Conde Nast and Vantone Holdings China Center. One World Trade Center is built on the site where the September 11, 2001 attacks toppled the original World Trade Center towers. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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by CBS News

KMOV.com

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 2:26 PM

NEW YORK -- The silver spire topping New York City's One World Trade Center has been fully installed on the building's roof.

It brings the iconic structure to its full, symbolic height of 1,776 feet. The addition makes the structure the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the spire's installation was completed Friday morning. Construction workers applauded the milestone.

Pieces of the spire (which weighs 758 tons) were transported to the roof of the building last week, but weather delayed its installation.

The building's height is symbolic of the year 1776, when the U.S. declared its independence.

The 408-foot spire will serve as a world-class broadcast antenna. An LED-powered light emanating from it will be seen from miles away.

The new tower is at the northwest corner of the World Trade Center site, which is well on its way to reconstruction with the 72-story Four World Trade Center and other buildings.

One World Trade Center, with an observation deck, is scheduled to open in 2014.

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