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Ten US cities with the most unusual architecture

You do not need to be an architect or a fan of history to appreciate the beauty of American cities. It is enough to lift the head and say: "Yes, this is a cool building." Resource Thrillist created a list of US cities in which architecture has a worthy place and respect. From pre-war villas to glass skyscrapers, these architectural accomplishments convince you that these American cities are truly worth a visit.

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  1. Detroit, Michigan

Today Detroit is experiencing a revival, and in this process an important place is given to the history of the city (it received the status of a city-monument of UNESCO). Many of Detroit's century-old skyscrapers, unused for many years, have come back to life in recent years thanks to investment and redevelopment both in the city center and on the outskirts of the city.

Idyllic historic districts such as Boston Edison are full of English manor houses, Tudor Revival houses, and Italian Neo-Renaissance houses. Lafayette Park, a residential area designed by architect Mies van der Rohe, is a mid-century contemporary work of urban planning, crammed with glass-walled apartment buildings and skyscrapers. The financial, cultural, industrial and intellectual centers of the city are replete with houses of the late XNUMXth - early XNUMXth centuries, created by famous architects, including Daniel Burnham, Minoru Yamasaki, Frank Lloyd Wright. In addition, the foremost industrial architect of his time, Albert Kahn, also left a mark on the city's architecture, in particular the beautiful Belle Isle Conservatory and the vast remains of the Packard Plant, the most notorious ruins of Detroit.

  1. Santa Fe, New Mexico

In the United States, even in the southeast, there are few cities left with the original southeastern adobe architecture. However, there is plenty of it in Santa Fe - starting with the Governors' Palace, which was built in 1610 and is the oldest permanently functioning building in the country. Mission San Miguel also dates back to the 1777th century and is considered the oldest temple in the United States, and the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Santuario de Guadalupe), built in XNUMX, is considered the oldest of the churches in the United States dedicated to ... Our Lady of Guadalupe! Jokes aside: Santa Fe really looks like a museum - an ancient city perfectly preserved under an impressive blue mountain sky.

  1. San Francisco, CA

San Francisco does not have a single characteristic architectural style - rather, many styles have taken root here, wonderfully adapted to the topographically difficult landscape of the city. Among the most interesting architectural sights are the rows of Victorian houses on Haight Ashbury, seven-color Victorian "Painted Ladies" in Alamo Square (they can be recognized by the opening credits of the series Full Home), the oldest and largest Chinatown in America (plus 3 smaller and younger ones), the Palace of Fine Arts, and the rotunda and gazebo by the artificial lagoon built for the 1915 World's Fair. But in fact, in San Francisco, the most beautiful of all is Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge.

  1. Washington, county Colombia

It is clear that the capital of the country is home to some of the most significant architectural monuments of the United States. We will not list all of them, we will only mention a few. From neoclassical wonders such as the White House, the Capitol, the Herbert Hoover home, the Treasury and the National Gallery of Art, to mind-boggling memorials (Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Pentagon Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Luther Memorial and King Memorial) - Washington is both a vibrant and active city (with terrible traffic) and a sprawling mausoleum. It takes a lot of patience to be a tourist in the capital, but a visit to the National Mall is a must for every resident of the country.

  1. New Orleans, LA

Creole architecture (a mixture of French and Spanish colonial styles, revival of classicism), as well as the characteristic wrought-iron balconies of the French Quarter, are rightfully considered the embodiment of the architectural face of the city of New Orleans. At the same time, New Orleans is the only place on this list, the architectural DNA of which is part of the Neo-Egyptian and Moorish styles (the buildings of the American customs office and the Church of the Immaculate Conception). In addition to the Creole cottages, walk-throughs and double gallery houses that define the style of the Garden District and Uptown, the city has the largest number of pre-war houses, many of which are collected on St. Charles Avenue. And do not forget about the "city of the dead" - artsy historical cemeteries in the European style, teeming with gravestones, no less famous than Mardi Grasse.

  1. Boston, Massachusetts

Given the fact that Boston was home to some of the key events of the American Revolution (from the Boston Tea Party to the Battle of Bunker Hill), it should come as no surprise that history is firmly woven into the city's architecture. From rows of houses in Historic Back Bay and cobblestones on Beacon Hill, to the Boston Library and the Old Capitol (considered one of the oldest administrative buildings in the United States), Boston houses are the epitome of America's early colonial history.

But it is also a modern city, with buildings of the Frank Gehry’s Stata Center type at MIT, the Institute of Contemporary Art at Seaport and the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial cable-stayed steel bridge over the Charles River. The only thing for which Boston “fails” in architecture is the building of the Boston City Hall. Awful creation.

  1. Charleston, South Carolina

Historic preservation is taken very seriously in Charleston. The city prides itself on its collection of old houses belonging to architectural styles such as Classical Georgian, Federative, Adam's, Revival, Italian and Victorian. And the churches! Charleston is called the "holy city" because of the many hipped-roofed temples. In addition to them, the city has preserved many places associated with the history of the civil war, as well as Georgian houses in pastel colors from an even earlier period - the XNUMXth century. In general, if you are a fan of American history or historical monuments, then Charleston is for you.

  1. New-York, state New-York

So New York. Almost every square centimeter of this city is covered with concrete, except for Central Park, and skyscrapers pierce the sky like green grass in the spring in the same Central Park. There are hundreds - hundreds! - beautiful buildings, bridges and public spaces. Must See: The Empire State Building and Art Deco Chrysler Building, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity Church in Neo-Gothic style, Art Nouveau Hearst Tower, Neoclassical Grand Central Station and Metropolitan Museum of Art, Woolworth -building, the Waldorf Astoria, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum created by Frank Lloyd Wright ... there are hundreds of thousands of buildings in New York, each trying to be better than its neighbors, creating an echocardiogram of the city from steel and stone. And don't forget one of the city's major architectural wonders, the Tower of Liberty: America's massive and shiny middle finger.

  1. Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia is another city with colonial architecture from the past several centuries: from a number of houses of the XNUMXth century (the first in America) to brick buildings in the federal style of the XNUMXth century, buildings of the classicist revival in the XNUMXth century, steel and concrete skyscrapers of the early XNUMXth century, and finally , glass-granite skyscrapers XXI - you will see it all. Everything.

Here, splendid Art Nouveau monuments such as Liberty Place and Comcast Center coexist with dignified historic buildings such as the Metropolitan Opera, the University of Pennsylvania Library and Reading Terminal Market (one of America's oldest and largest open markets). A visit to the city will not be complete without a visit to LOVE Park - it is located in the very center, opposite the magnificent Philadelphia City Hall, and pleases visitors with its main attraction - a geyser fountain.

  1. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is an incredibly beautiful city that makes full use of its location on the shores of Lake Michigan. On the one hand, the megapolis stretches miles of city beaches and cycle paths, on the other, towering shiny skyscrapers, and in the middle of the city runs the Chicago River, along which excursion boats float very well.

Chicago abounds with skyscrapers of the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, the era of the "Chicago School" in architecture: the Chicago Building, the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) and the John Hancock Center. There is also the Crane Communications Building, the dramatic neo-Gothic Tribune Tower and Marina City - two round towers that look like cars from the lower tiers of their parking lot are about to fall out of there.

And we have not yet mentioned the parks, of which there are many in the city. 24,5-acre Millennium Park opened 10 years ago and during that time managed to become a favorite vacation spot for Chicagoans. For those who understand beauty and architecture, Chicago can probably be called the most desirable city to visit.

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