One World Trade Center's final spire will be raised another day


A visitor the the September 11 Memorial and Museum looks towards the One World Trade tower in New York City. The spire that will make One World Trade Center the Western Hemisphere's tallest building was delayed Monday due to bad weather.


John Moore

The new One World Trade Center building in New York City won't receive its final spire on Monday due to inclement weather — the finishing touch that will render the edifice the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere when it's attached.

The 408-foot-tall spire was slated to be delivered in two parts early Monday, reports CNN, and the two pieces of stainless steel will weigh six tons and boost the tower up to a symbolic 1,776 feet. 

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In a press release on Monday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that it would postpone the hoisting of the spire due to windy conditions, and would also reschedule a planned photo op for media.

The installation of the final spire began in December, reports, and the new memorial office building is slated to open sometime in 2014.

In total, the spire will measure 408 feet and weigh 800 tons, notes the Associated Press, and will also serve as a broadcast antenna for both television and radio, replacing capability that was lost after the World Trade Center was destroyed on September 11.

One World Trade Center will be finished soon after the discovery of a chunk of airplane landing gear wedged in between two New York buildings, added the Associated Press, while the office of the New York City chief medical examiner was looking for human remains in the alleyway where the object was found.

Here's a look at One World Trade center from earlier in April from an avowed fan of the new building.