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New York
The building form most closely associated with New York City is the skyscraper (a pioneering urban form first used in Chicago) that saw New York buildings shift from the low-scale European tradition to the vertical rise of business districts. Surrounded mostly by water, the city's residential density and high real estate values in commercial districts saw the city amass the largest collection of individual, free-standing office and residential towers in the world.
Boston has an extraordinary number of landmarks -- old and brand new. The USS Constitution, the Swan Boats, and Fenway Park are a few of the treasures that define Boston to residents and visitors alike. Tiny Beacon Hill is famous for its picturesque streetscapes and the architectural details of its Federal-style homes.
Washington, DC
Washington is known worldwide for classic architecture and is home to many of the most important and recognizable landmarks in the United States. George Washington held a design competition, taking special care to select an architect who would design The White House in a style that would counter the grand scale of European palaces.
The architecture of Chicago has influenced and reflected the history of American architecture. The city of Chicago, Illinois features prominent buildings in a variety of styles by many important architects. Since most buildings within the downtown area were destroyed (the most famous exception being the Water Tower) by the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, Chicago buildings are noted for their originality rather than their antiquity.

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The buildings and architecture of Philadelphia are a mix of historic and modern styles that reflect the city's history.
New England
Travel to New England and discover the architecture of Newport, Rhode Island, Boston, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
Travel to New England and discover the architecture of Newport, Rhode Island, Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian masterpiece, Zimmerman House, in New Hampshire and the stunning Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Rhode Island
Providence is home to the First Baptist Church in America, the oldest Baptist church in the Americas, which was founded by Roger Williams in 1638. Providence is the home of the first fully automated post office in the country. The seaside city of Newport is home to many famous mansions, including The Breakers, Marble House and Belcourt Castle.
The West

This month's featured building

  National Building Museum,  washington d.c. 1887

The National Building Museum is a museum in Washington, D.C. dedicated to "architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning." It was created by an act of Congress in 1980, and is a private non-profit institution. The museum is located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the Judiciary Square Metro station.


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