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Who Owns America's Tallest Skyscrapers?

    Who Owns America's Tallest Skyscrapers?

    The country's biggest towers are, not surprisingly, owned by some of its biggest landlords. But unique partnerships and controversial moves have led to some surprises at the top.

    1) World Trade Center

    1 WTC, New York

    Height: 1,776 feet
    Completed: 2013
    Owners: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Durst Organization
    Claim to fame: America’s tallest, most emotionally resonant tower.
    Star tenant: Condé Nast
    Formerly known as: Freedom Tower
    Prospects: Hugo Boss is eying the building for 100K SF of office space.

    2) Willis Tower

    233 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago

    Height: 1,451 feet
    Completed: 1973
    Owners: Joe Chetrit, Joe Moinian and American Landmark Properties
    Intrigue: Chetrit may be New York’s most enigmatic landlord. But his stake in Chicago’s tallest building helped cement a reputation that grows despite his press-shyness.
    Formerly known as: Sears Tower 
    Tussles: Lost a battle with 1 WTC over whether the NYC tower’s spire should be included in its official height. Without it, Willis Tower would still be king.

    3) Trump International Hotel and Tower

    401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago

    Height: 1,389 feet
    Completed: 2009 
    Owner: Trump Organization 
    Controversy: The Donald found himself in hot water when the large signage on his namesake Chicago tower teed off locals already wary of the celebrity developer. 
    Bragging rights: One of only three American towers left in the list of the world’s 20 tallest (it’s number 15).

    4) Empire State Building

    350 Fifth Avenue, New York
    Height: 1,250 feet
    Completed: 1931
    Owner: Empire State Realty Trust
    Tenant makeover: Tony Malkin’s newly public REIT is repositioning New York’s most famous old school skyscraper as a modern tech hub. Shutterstock inked an 85K SF deal there, and LinkedIn now occupies 160 K SF.
    Location Location Location: Malkin insists that the tower belongs to the techy Midtown South submarket rather than Midtown, despite geographic arguments to the contrary.

    Movie stardom: The building was famously scaled by a certain large monkey.

    5) Bank of America Tower

    1 Bryant Park

    Height: 1,200 feet 
    Completed: 2009 
    Owner: Durst Organization 
    Claim to fame: The Durst family’s stunner across from Bryant Park was briefly New York’s second tallest building when it topped out. 
    Go West, young man: It boosted Sixth Avenue’s cred by tugging the heart of the Midtown business district westward. 
    Green card: As in other Durst properties, being green is a very vocal top priority. 
    The people’s spire: A coveted phone app lets invited users control the nighttime colors of the building’s prominent spire.

    6) U.S. Bank Tower

    633 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles 

    Height: 1,018 feet 
    Completed: 1989 
    Owner: Overseas Union Enterprise 
    Movie stardom: The aliens of Independence Day destroyed this property before any other. 
    Claim to fame: This is the tallest building west of the Mississippi. The Singaporean developer bought it last year for $367.5 million as it diversified beyond Asia. 
    Air rights: This was the tallest tower with a rooftop helipad in the world until Taipei 101 opened in 2004. 
    Notoriety: The building was reportedly a target of the 9/11 attackers.

    7) Bank of America Plaza

    600 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 

    Completed: 1992 
    Height: 1,040 feet 
    Owner: CW Financial Services 
    Bragging rights: This is the South’s tallest building. 
    Comeback Kid?: CW picked up the tower after it went into foreclosure in 2012. A modern take on the Art Deco style, the property is in the midst of a reported $30 million makeover that CW hopes will lead to a much-needed revival.

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