March 16, 1996 in Nation/World

Malaysia Building Is King Of Mountain

Compiled From Wire Services

The 23-year reign of Chicago’s Sears Tower as the world’s tallest building apparently is over now that steel spires are in place atop identical, side-by-side towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Completed a month earlier than expected, the pinnacles bring the uppermost point of the twin office buildings a mere 33 feet higher than Sears’ roof.

But that’s enough for an international skyscraper council, which is expected to reject an argument next month that the 110-story Sears Tower remains the titleholder.

This marks the first time an Asian country has claimed the title of world’s tallest. And it means Chicago has lost a distinction prized by everyone from office workers to visitors at the Sears SkyDeck.

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