The United States has a great history of innovations in infrastructure from the most iconic bridges in the world to the construction of tall structures. The United States was the first country in the world to ever build a skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building in Chicago, built in 1885 which stood 138 foot tall and it was one of the tallest structures in the United States for a long time. The United States has some of the tallest structures in the world and we will be taking a look at some of them, including the tallest buildings in the United States.
Television Transmission towers
Even though they are not as exciting as buildings to look at or come across, television transmission towers, or masts, are the tallest structures in the United States, since their construction and overall appearance are very much the same all of them will have a single entry. Their height is indeed impressive, the tallest one being the KVLY-TV Mast with 2,063 feet, but the most impressive aspect about them is their sheer number, there are over 20 masts for transmission of television and FM signal that are 2000 feet or taller, and that is why they at least deserve to be mentioned when talking about the tallest structures in the Unites States.
One World Trade Center
Also known as Freedom Tower, the One World Trade Center stands in Lower Manhattan, New York City inside the World Trade Center site and as homage it has the same name as the North Tower of the original Trade Center. Its Construction began in 2006 and by 2012 it was already the tallest building in the United States, when it opened in 2014 the building stood 1,776 feet tall, its height determined to reference the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. The building is 94 stories tall and is the tallest building in the western hemisphere and the sixth tallest building in the world.
Central Park Tower
The Central Park Tower, also known as the Nordstrom Tower, is not yet finished but it is already the second tallest building in the United States, although the completion of its construction is scheduled for 2021 the building already topped out in 2019, which means that it won’t get taller even though its construction is still underway. Standing 1,550 feet tall, in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, the Central Park Tower is the second tallest building not only in the United States but also the western hemisphere, but it is the tallest residential building in the world, and if we consider only its roof height it is the tallest building outside of Asia.
The Willis Tower is often called by its former name, the Sears Tower, and is one the most visited tourist attractions of Chicago with more than 1 million visitors to its observation deck every year. It stands 1,450 feet tall and since its construction in 1974 it held the title of tallest building in the world for almost 25 years as well as the title of tallest building in the western hemisphere for 41 years.
What did you think about the tallest structures In the United States? Did you imagine that most of them would be transmission masts? What about the tallest buildings in the United States, did you already know about them, or were they a surprise to you?