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America’s Favorite Architecture is the result of an AIA and Harris Interactive poll of 1,800 Americans naming their 150 favorite structures across the nation based on nominations from AIA member architects.

 

1. Empire State Building (1931)
New York, NY; William Lamb, FAIA; Shreve, Lamb & Harmon

2. The White House (1792)
Washington, DC; James Hoban

3. Washington National Cathedral (1990)
Washington, DC; George F. Bodley and Henry Vaughan, FAIA

4. Thomas Jefferson Memorial (1943)
Washington, DC; John Russell Pope, FAIA

5. Golden Gate Bridge (1937)
San Francisco, CA; Irving F. Morrow and Gertrude C. Morrow

6. U.S. Capitol (1793-1865)
Washington, DC; William Thornton; Benjamin Henry Latrobe; Charles Bulfinch; Thomas U. Walter, FAIA; Montgomery C. Meigs

7. Lincoln Memorial (1922)
Washington, DC; Henry Bacon, FAIA

8. Biltmore Estates/Vanderbilt Residence (1895)
Asheville, NC; Richard Morris Hunt, FAIA

9. Chrysler Building (1930)
New York, NY; William Van Alen, FAIA

10. Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1982)
Washington, DC; Maya Lin with Cooper-Lecky Partnership

11. St. Patrick's Cathedral (1878)
New York, NY; James Renwick, FAIA

12. Washington Monument (1884)
Washington, DC; Robert Mills
 

13. Grand Central Terminal (1913)
New York, NY; Reed and Stern; Warren and Wetmore

14. Gateway Arch (1965)
St. Louis, MO; Eero Saarinen, FAIA

15. Supreme Court of the United States (1935)
Washington, DC, CA; Cass Gilbert, FAIA

16. St. Regis Hotel (1904)
New York, NY; Trowbridge & Livingston

17. Metropolitan Museum of Art (1880-1889)
New York, NY; Calvert Vaux; McKim, Mead & White; Richard Morris Hunt, FAIA; Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates

18. Hotel Del Coronado (1888)
San Diego, CA; James Reid, FAIA

19. World Trade Center (1972-1977)
New York, NY; Minoru Yamasaki, FAIA; Antonio Brittiochi; Emery Roth & Sons

20. Brooklyn Bridge (1883)
New York, NY; John Augustus Roebling; Washington Roebling

 

21. Philadelphia City Hall (1901)
Philadelphia, PA; John McArthur Jr., FAIA

22. Bellagio Hotel and Casino (1998)
Las Vegas, NV; Deruyter Butler, AIA; Atlandia Design

23. Cathedral of St. John the Divine (unfinished)
New York, NY; Heins & La Farge; Ralph Adams Cram, FAIA

24. Philadelphia Museum of Art (1928)
Philadelphia, PA; Horace Trumbauer, Zantzinger, Borie, and Medary

25. Trinity Church (1877)
Boston, MA; Henry Hobson Richardson, FAIA

26. Ahwahnee Hotel (1928)
Yosemite Valley, CA; Gilbert Stanley Underwood

27. Monticello (1770-1808)
Charlottesville, VA; Thomas Jefferson

28. Library of Congress (1897)
Washington, DC; John L. Smithmeyer, FAIA, and Paul J. Pelz, FAIA

29. Kaufmann Residence (Fallingwater) (1935)
Bear Run, PA; Frank Lloyd Wright

30. Taliesin (1911 - 1925)
Spring Green, WI; Frank Lloyd Wright

31. Wrigley Field (1914)
Chicago, IL; Zachary Taylor Davis

32. Wanamaker's Department Store (1909)
Philadelphia, PA; Daniel Burnham, FAIA

33. Rose Center for Earth and Space (2000)
New York, NY; James Stewart Polshek, FAIA; Polshek Partnership Architects

34. National Gallery of Art, West Building (1941)
Washington, DC; John Russell Pope, FAIA

35. Allegheny County Courthouse (1886)
Pittsburgh, PA; Henry Hobson Richardson, FAIA

36. Old Faithful Inn (1903-1927)
Yellowstone National Park, WY; Robert Reamer, AIA

37. Union Station (1903)
Washington, DC; Daniel Burnham, FAIA

38. Tribune Tower (1925)
Chicago, IL; John Mead Howells, FAIA, and Raymond Hood, FAIA

39. Delano Hotel (1947)
Miami Beach, FL; B. Robert Swartburg; interior, Philippe Starck

40. Union Station (1894)
St. Louis, MO; Theodore C. Link, FAIA

 

 

 
41. Hearst Residence (Hearst Castle) (1947)
San Simeon, CA; Julia Morgan, AIA

42. Sears Tower (1974)
Chicago, IL; Bruce Graham, FAIA; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

43. Crane Library (1882)
Quincy, MA; Henry Hobson Richardson, FAIA

44. Woolworth Building (1913)
New York, NY; Cass Gilbert, FAIA

45. Cincinnati Union Terminal (1933)
Cincinnati, OH; Alfred Fellheimer, FAIA, and Steward Wagner, FAIA; Paul Philippe Cret, FAIA, and Roland Wank

46. Waldorf Astoria (1931)
New York, NY; Schultze & Weaver

47. New York Public Library (1911),
New York, NY; Carrère & Hastings
      

48. Carnegie Hall (1891)
New York, NY; William B. Tuthill, FAIA; Richard Morris Hunt, FAIA, and Dankmar Adler, FAIA

49. San Francisco City Hall (1915),
San Francisco, CA; Arthur Brown Jr., FAIA

50. Virginia State Capitol (1788)
Richmond, VA; Thomas Jefferson 

51. Cadet Chapel, Air Force Academy (1962)
Colorado Springs, CO; Walter Netsch, FAIA; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

52. Field Museum of Natural History (1909)
Chicago, IL; D. H. Burnham & Co.

53. Apple Store Fifth Avenue (2006)
New York, NY; Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

54. Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania
(1888), Philadelphia, PA; Frank Furness, FAIA

55. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (1967)
Kohala Coast, HI; Edward Charles Bassett, FAIA; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

56. Rockefeller Center (1932-1940)
New York, NY; Raymond Hood, FAIA, et al.

57. Denver International Airport (1995)
Denver, CO; Fentress Bradburn Architects

58. Ames Library (1879)
North Easton, MA; Henry Hobson Richardson, FAIA

59. Milwaukee Art Museum (2001)
       Milwaukee, WI; Santiago Calatrava, FAIA
      

60. Thorncrown Chapel (1980) 
Eureka Springs, AR; E. Fay Jones, FAIA

 

61. TransAmerica Pyramid (1972)
San Francisco, CA; William Pereira, FAIA

62. 333 Wacker Drive (1983)
Chicago, IL; William E. Pedersen, FAIA; Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

63. National Museum of Air and Space (1976)
Washington, DC; Gyo Obata, FAIA; Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum

64. Faneuil Hall Marketplace (1978)
Boston, MA; Benjamin Thompson, FAIA

65. Crystal Cathedral (1980)
Garden Grove, CA; Philip Johnson, FAIA; Johnson/Burgee Architects

66. Gamble House (1908)
Pasadena, CA; Greene and Greene

67. Nebraska State Capitol (1922-1932)
Lincoln, NE; Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, FAIA

68. New York Times Building (2006)
New York, NY; Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA; FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS, PC

69. Salt Lake City Public Library (2003)
Salt Lake City, UT; Moshe Safdie, FAIA; VCBO Architecture

70. Dolphin and Swan Hotels, Walt Disney World (1990)
Orlando, FL; Michael Graves, FAIA

71. Hearst Tower (1927-2006)
New York, NY; George P. Post and Sons; addition, Foster + Partners

72. Flatiron Building (Fuller Building) (1903)
New York, NY; Daniel Burnham, FAIA

73. Lake Point Tower (1968)
Chicago, IL; Schipporeit-Heinrich; Graham, Anderson, Probst & White

74. Guggenheim Museum (1959)
New York, NY; Frank Lloyd Wright

75. Union Station (1939)
Los Angeles, CA; John Parkinson, AIA, and Donald B. Parkinson

76. Willard Hotel (1901)
Washington, DC; Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, FAIA

77. Sever Hall, Harvard University (1880)
Cambridge, MA; Henry Hobson Richardson, FAIA

78. Broadmoor Hotel (1918)
Colorado Springs, CO; Warren & Wetmore

79. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade
Center
(1998), Washington, DC; Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

80. Phillips Exeter Academy Library (1972)
Exeter, NH; Louis I. Kahn, FAIA

 

81. The Plaza Hotel (1907)
New York, NY; Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, FAIA

82. Sofitel Chicago Water Tower (2002)
Chicago, IL; Jean-Paul Viguier, Hon., FAIA

83. Glessner House (1887)
Chicago, IL; Henry Hobson Richardson, FAIA

84. Yankee Stadium (1923)
New York, NY; Osborn Architects & Engineers

85. Harold Washington Library Center (1991)
Chicago, IL; Hammond, Beeby & Babka

86. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (1962-1968)
New York, NY; Wallace K. Harrison, FAIA, et al.

87. The Dakota Apartments (1884)
New York, NY; Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, FAIA

88. Art Institute of Chicago (1893)
Chicago, IL; Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge

89. Fairmont Hotel (1906)
San Francisco, CA; Reid & Reid; Julia Morgan, AIA

90. Boston Public Library (1895)
Boston MA; McKim, Mead & White

91. Hollywood Bowl (1924)
Hollywood, CA; Lloyd Wright; Allied Architects; Frank Gehry; Hodgetts + Fung Design Associates with Gruen Associates

92. Texas State Capitol (1888)
Austin, TX; Elijah E. Myers

93. Fontainebleau (1954)
Miami Beach, FL; Morris Lapidus

94. Legal Research Building, University of Michigan (1931)
Ann Arbor, MI; York & Sawyer; addition, Gunnar Birkerts, FAIA

95. J. Paul Getty Center for the Arts (1997)
Los Angeles, CA; Richard Meier, FAIA

96. High Museum (1983)
Atlanta, GA; Richard Meier, FAIA; addition, Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA

97. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse (2000)
Islip, NY; Richard Meier, FAIA

98. Humana Building (1986)
Louisville, KY; Michael Graves, FAIA

99. Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003)
Los Angeles, CA; Frank Gehry, FAIA

100. Radio City Music Hall (1932) 
New York, NY; Edward Durell Stone, FAIA

 

101. Paul Brown Stadium (2000)
Cincinnati, OH; NBBJ

102. United Airlines Terminal, O'Hare (1988)
  Chicago, IL; Helmut Jahn; Murphy/Jahn

103. Hyatt Regency Atlanta (1967)
Atlanta, GA; John C. Portman Jr., FAIA

104. AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants Stadium) (2000)
San Francisco, CA; Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum

105. Time Warner Center (2003)
New York, NY; David Childs, FAIA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

106. Washington, D.C., Metro (1976)
Washington, DC; Harry Weese, FAIA

107. IDS Center (1972)
Minneapolis, MN; Philip Johnson, FAIA; Johnson/Burgee

108. Seattle Public Library (2004)
Seattle, WA; Rem Koolhaas; Office for Metropolitan Architecture; LMN Architects

109. Museum of Modern Art (1995)
San Francisco, CA; Mario Botta, Hon., FAIA

110. Union Station (1925)
Chicago, IL; Daniel Burnham, FAIA, Graham, Anderson, Probst & White

111. United Nations Headquarters (1947-1953)
New York, NY; Wallace K. Harrison, FAIA, International Committee of Architects; Oscar Niemeyer, FAIA; Le Corbusier, Hon. FAIA

112. National Building Museum (Pension Building) (1887)
Washington, DC; Montgomery C. Meigs

113. Fenway Park (1912)
Boston, MA; Osborn Architects & Engineers

114. Dana-Thomas House (1904)
Springfield, IL; Frank Lloyd Wright

115. TWA Terminal, Kennedy Airport (1962)
New York, NY; Eero Saarinen, FAIA

116. The Athenaeum (1979)
New Harmony, IN; Richard Meier, FAIA

117. Walker Art Center (2005)
Minneapolis, MN; Edward Larrabee Barnes, FAIA; addition, Herzog & de Meuron

118. American Airlines Center (2001)
Dallas, TX; David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services; HKS

119. Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa (1929)
Phoenix, AZ; Albert Chase McArthur

120. Los Angeles Central Library (1926)
Los Angeles, CA; Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, FAIA

121. San Francisco International Terminal (2000)
San Francisco, CA; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Del Campo & Maru Architects; Michael Willis Architects

122. Oriole Park at Camden Yards (1992)
  Baltimore, MD; Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum

123. Taliesin West (1937-1959)
Scottsdale, AZ; Frank Lloyd Wright

124. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (1993)
Washington, DC; James Ingo Freed, FAIA, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

125. Citicorp Center (1977)
New York, NY; Hugh Stubbins & Associates; Emery Roth & Sons

126. V. C. Morris Gift Shop (Xanadu Gallery) (1948)
San Francisco, CA; Frank Lloyd Wright 

127. Union Station (1914)
Kansas City, MO; Jarvis Hunt

128. Rookery Building (1888)
Chicago, IL; Burnham and Root

129. Weisman Art Museum (1990)
Minneapolis, MN; Frank Gehry, FAIA

130. Douglas House (1973)
Harbor Springs, MI; Richard Meier, FAIA

131. Hollyhock House (1917)
Los Angeles, CA; Frank Lloyd Wright

132. Pennzoil Place (1976)
Houston, TX; Philip Johnson, FAIA; Johnson/Burgee Architects; Wilson, Morris, Crain and Anderson (now Morris Architects)

133. Royalton Hotel (1988)
New York, NY; Gruzen Samton Steinglass; interior, Philippe Starck

134. Reliant Astrodome (1964)
Houston, TX; Hermon Lloyd and W. B. Morgan; Wilson, Morris, Crain and Anderson (now Morris Architects)

135. Safeco Field (1999)
Seattle, WA; NBBJ

136. Corning Museum of Glass (1951-1978)
Corning, NY; Harrison & Abramowitz; additions, Gunnar Birkerts, FAIA, and Smith-Miller + Hawkinson

137. 30th Street Station (1934)
Philadelphia, PA; Graham, Anderson, Probst & White

138. Robie House (1909)
Chicago, IL; Frank Lloyd Wright

139. Williams Tower (Transco Tower) (1979)
Houston, TX; Philip Johnson, FAIA; Johnson/Burgee Architects; Morris * Aubry Architects (now Morris Architects)

140. Stahl House (Case Study House #22) (1959)
Los Angeles, CA; Pierre Koenig, FAIA

141. Apple SoHo (2002)
New York, NY; Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Ronnette Riley Architect

142. John Hancock Towers (1976)
  Boston, MA; Henry Cobb, FAIA, Pei Cobb Freed

143. Pennsylvania Station (1910)
New York, NY; McKim, Mead & White

144. Hyatt Regency San Francisco (1973)
San Francisco, CA; John C. Portman Jr., FAIA
 

145. Carson Pirie Scott (1903)
Chicago, IL; Louis Sullivan, FAIA

146. Museum of Modern Art (1939)
New York, NY; Philip Goodwin, FAIA and Edward Durell Stone, FAIA

147. Auditorium Building (1889),
Chicago, IL; Adler & Sullivan

148. Brown Palace Hotel (1892)
Denver, CO; Frank E. Edbrooke

149. Ingalls Ice Arena, Yale University (1958)
New Haven, CT; Eero Saarinen, FAIA

150. Battle Hall, University of Texas (1911)
Austin, TX; Cass Gilbert, FAIA

 
 
 
 
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