Construction workers today hoisted a 408-foot spire to a temporary platform atop One World Trade Center. The spire, which will serve as a broadcast antenna, will be secured into place at a later date. As the primary building of a new complex at the site of the September 11 attacks, the skyscraper will reach 1,776 feet tall. The Port Authority says the tower will be the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, but the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat will make the final call.
Without the spire, One World Trade Center is 1,368 feet tall, the exact height of the trade center's original twin towers. The new structure replaces the eight-story Six World Trade Center, which was torn down for the new construction.
View a video of the project here.