Top 150 American Architectural Structures

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) lists the top 150 favorite American structures, beginning with;


#1- Empire State Building


#2- The White House


#3- Washington National Cathedral


#4- Thomas Jefferson Memorial


#5- Golden Gate Bridge

Other Structures of (my) interest include…


#9- Chrsyler Building- NYC- Tied for coolest skyscraper in the country (TransAmerica)


#14- The Gateway Arch- Impressive, and a cool elevator to the top


Brooklyn Bridge – Hey, you gotta problem with that?!?


#22- Bellagio- My favorite place to stay in Vegas


#57- Denver International Airport- Airport as art


#61- (Shamefully low)-TransAmerica Pyramid- San Fran- Tied for coolest skyscraper in the country (Chrysler)


#62- 333 Wacker Drive (Chicago)- Curves with the Chicago River


#69- Salt Lake City Public Library

There are so many incredible structures on this list, you really need to check it out to see your own favorites.


7 thoughts on “Top 150 American Architectural Structures

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  2. From

    The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library contains the principal rare books and literary manuscripts of Yale University and serves as a center for research by students, faculty, and other scholars, whether affiliated with Yale or not. Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the Reading Room on the court level after researchers register with the Beinecke.

    One of the largest buildings in the world devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, the library has room in the central tower for 180,000 volumes and in the underground book stacks for over 600,000 volumes; it now contains about 500,000 volumes and several million manuscripts. Temperature and humidity controls ensure that stored materials are protected for future generations.

    The building, of Vermont marble and granite, bronze and glass, was designed by Gordon Bunshaft, of the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; the George A. Fuller Construction Company was the general contractor. Work began on the building in 1960 and was completed in 1963. The white, gray-veined marble panes of the exterior are one and one-quarter inches thick and are framed by shaped light gray Vermont Woodbury granite. These marble panels filter light so that rare materials can be displayed without damage.

  3. I agree with all the structures and the list isn’t given in it’s entirety but there are incredible structures built under unbelievable duress. Just to name a few: the LDS tabernacle on Temple Square; the LDS temple itself which was built over a 50 year period hauling the huge granite blocks over a 30 mile journey.Brigham Young who had insight to include elevator shafts throughout the building. The elevator was not invented until after the 50 year project was completed. There are many other structures throughout the U.S. loved by many.numerous and likely loved by many.

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