The first section of a 408-foot spire is hoisted by crane to the top of One World Trade Center, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 in New York. The spire will be fully assembled in 2013 and the tower will top out at 1776 feet. On the left is 7 World Trade Center, which is 741 feet high.

Mark Lennihan, Associated Press

First section of WTC spire hoisted atop building

  • Associated Press
  • December 12, 2012 - 12:37 PM

NEW YORK - The first section of the spire that will crown One World Trade Center has been hoisted atop the building.

It was lifted onto the 104-story building on Wednesday.

Nine of 18 giant steel pieces of the spire arrived at the site in New York City Tuesday via barge from Port Newark, N.J.

The arrival marked the end of a 1,500-nautical-mile journey that started in Canada on Nov. 16.

A plant outside Montreal produced the 18 pieces. The spire will make the tower the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

The remaining nine pieces of the 408-foot, $20 million spire are being trucked in from Canada and another plant in South Plainfield, N.J.

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