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World Trade Center’s ‘tallest’ milestone postponed

Posted: 10:14 AM, Apr 29, 2013
Updated: 2013-04-29 10:49:03-04

A noontime ceremony to raise the final pieces of One  World Trade Center’s antenna, making the tower by one measure the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, has been postponed.

The Port Authority postponed the historic event due to today’s winds. It was not immediately announced when the ceremony would be rescheduled.

The antenna pieces will take the tower to the patriotic height of 1,776 feet, which would make it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Some experts argue the tower does not deserve that title, because the antenna is not an integral part of the skyscraper’s structure. The original One World Trade Center also had an antenna, but that building’s height was usually measured by its structural highest point, the roof.

The rebuilt One World Trade Center initially was supposed to have a structural spire element that would have enclosed the antenna, but that design feature was dropped due to cost concerns.