America's favorite architecture
If you were asked to pick the top architectural wonders in the United States, which would you choose? Would the White House rank among the highest? How about Vegas hotels? This year the American Institute of Architects surveyed its members then the general public, and came up with America's Favorite Architecture, a list 150 strong. And the winner was the Empire State Building in New York.
White House, Washington National Cathedral, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Golden Gate Bridge, all great postcard material. More modern marvels like Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall (above) in Los Angeles reached number 99 and Rem Koolhaas's Seattle Public Library number 108.
Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park came in at number 26, Frank Lloyd Wright's Edgar Kaufmann Residence (Fallingwater) in Bear Run, Pa., reached 29, and Greene and Greene's Gamble House (above) in Pasadena, Ca., appeared at 66.
Hearst Castle (above) in San Simeon, Ca, perhaps a surprising entry at 41 – as was the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, which reached number 22. On a more touching note, however, New York's World Trade Center received a posthumous entry at number 19. Disagree with these choices? Go online and cast your vote. RM