It honestly fascinates me that the spire on top of The Empire State Building was originally designed to mount zeppelins. The 102nd floor was designed to be a landing platform and passengers were supposed to check in on the 86th floor. Ultimately the Empire Airship Terminal was abandoned due to a lack of mooring lines and wild updrafts. And yes, skyskraper spires are also a way of increasing their height for the sake of achieving records.
A glimpse of The Empire State Building is inspirational for me. It was constructed during the depression outside of New York’s financial district. I think the building is a metaphor for reaching for the stars; even when it’s illogical.