From sea to shining sea, the United States is studded with architectural jewels. As you plan your architecture trip, be sure to put these 8 great American cities at the top of your must-see list. Of course, the US is a big country and there's so much more to explore. Please do add your favorite city
to our list.
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See Chicago For:
The roots of American design.
Chicago, Illinois has long been connected with some of architecture's biggest names: Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and Holabird & Root.
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See New York For:
Modern wonders, tall and small.
New York, New York is known for its soaring skyscrapers, but as you explore New York City, look also for hidden architectural jewels.
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See Washington, DC For:
Monuments and grand government buildings.
The United States is often called a cultural melting pot, and the architecture of its capital city, Washington, DC, is truly an international blend.
See Buffalo For: Landmark examples of Prairie, Arts & Crafts, and Richardsonian Romanesque architecture.
Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, H.H. Richardson, and other top architects designed buildings for prosperous businessmen in the thriving industrial city.
Photo (cc) Flickr Member Daderot
See Newport For:
Newport, Rhode Island was a favorite vacation spot for the rich and famous during America's Gilded Age. Now you can tour the historic Newport mansions.
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See Los Angeles For:
A dazzling mix.
Los Angeles offers an architectural kaleidoscope, from tacky Googie buildings to trend-breaking modernist architecture.
Seattle Public Library designed by Rem Koolhaas. Photo by Seattle Municipal Archives on flickr.com, Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic
See Seattle For:
More than the Space Needle!
The Gold Rush that helped settle the West is embodied in this northwest territory.
Art Deco Contralto Sculpture in Fair Park. Photo ©Steve Rainwater, steevithak on flickr.com, CC BY-SA 2.0
See Dallas For:
History, diversity, and designs by Pritzker-winners.
For years, Texas wealth has shown up in the architecture of the city, proving that architects go where the money is. Dallas has spent its money well.