Chicago was home to the world’s first skyscraper back in 1884, and it seems like the 130 years since have been one long race to go taller and taller. Nine out of the 10 tallest buildings in the U.S. are in New York City or Chicago (with Atlanta’s Bank of America Plaza coming in at number 10).
Here’s a look at the Top 5:
1. One World Trade Center (aka “Freedom Tower”) – New York
Built to replace the original World Trade Center buildings, this structure tops out at 1,776 feet (to commemorate the year of American independence). It’s the 4th-tallest building in the world.
2. Willis Tower – Chicago
Many people still call it the Sears Tower, which was its name until 2009. When it was built in 1974, the Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world. Now it ranks 8th, at 1,451 feet tall.
3. Trump International Hotel and Tower – New York
Completed in 2009, this latest product of Donald’s empire measures in at 1,389 feet. It is occupied by retail stores, a garage, a hotel, and condos. The tower is the 15th-tallest building in the world.
4. Empire State Building – New York
One of the world’s most famous buildings (even though at 1,250 feet it only ranks as the 22nd-tallest), the Empire State Building is an icon of architecture. It was the tallest building in the world from 1931 until 1972, and it was the first in the world to have more than 100 floors.
5. Bank of America Tower – New York
Topping out at 1,200 feet, this is the 26th-tallest building in the world. It was completed in 2009 and is considered one of the most efficient and eco-friendly skyscrapers in the world, with floor-to-ceiling insulated glazing, a greywater system that captures rainwater for reuse, and specialized heating/cooling systems.