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What's the tallest skyscraper physics would allow us to build?

 One World Trade Center technically soars to that height, but about 408 feet of it isn’t building but “spire.” The arbiter of tall buildings, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, has yet to decide whether that's going to count.

If the spire is considered an antenna rather than part of the building, One World Trade Center will be the third-highest building on the continent, behind two Chicagoans: the Willis Tower and the Trump International Hotel & Tower. While that’s still impressively tall, a height of 1,368 feet (where the spire begins and occupied space ends) is decidedly less patriotic.