There are a number of beautiful buildings in and around the United States. Some have been constructed within recent years and some are very old and have gained the tag of becoming an iconic building. The buildings have different types of usage, some are commercial buildings and are only used for commercial and official works, some are historical and have become a popular tourist spot and some are administrative buildings which do not allow public viewing. However, in this article, we will talk about all of these buildings with their history and construction details.
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles
Located on the Southern slope of the Hollywood Mountain, the Griffith Observatory is not only a beautiful building in US but also a popular tourist spot as well. Griffith J. Griffith, the benefactor of this building, was the person after whom this building was named and opened in 1935. It is constructed like the other Western buildings but has a dome shaped structure on top. It has a wide range of exhibits that attract tourists from every age group and has a telescope as well.
Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Independence Hall is one of the historically important constructions in the United States where the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were adopted. It was built in 1753 with the name of Pennsylvania State House and was the capitol for the Pennsylvania Province until 1799. It is built in the traditional Georgian Style with a bell-tower and a steeple with two wings on either side. This US building is a World Heritage site and also a part of Independence National Historical Park.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston
This building is the Presidential library cum Museum of the 35th President of the USA, John F. Kennedy, which is situated at the Columbia Point in Boston city. It was opened to the public in 1979. The building has a simple geometric design with glass pavilions and has a 38 meters high concrete tower which is the place dedicated for archives. The museum has a number of exhibits and collections related to the President.
The Texas State Capitol Building in Austin
It is the administrative building for the Texas State Government located in Downtown Austin. The construction of the building was completed in 1888 and was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 1993, an underground extension of the building was also constructed. The design of this building resembles the Italian Renaissance Revival style and occupies a space of 20.8 acres of land. The height of the iconic building is 92 meters, which makes it the sixth tallest State Capitol in the US.
The Central Library in Seattle
The Central Library in Seattle was opened in 2004 and it is the incarnation of the modern digital world. The ‘Books Spiral’ is a unique design of this library, where non-fiction books are designed in a spiral manner rather than the normal shelf system. The US Building also has floating platforms made up of steel nets and glass skin. It has nearly 1.5 million books of different genre and has an area of 33,722 square meters. The Seattle Central Library was ranked No. 108 out of 150 Favorite Structures in the US.
The Chrysler Building in New York City
The Chrysler Building, opened in 1930, is not only an important construction in the City of New York but also a historically important monument as well. It is located in the Turtle Bay Area and stands tall at a height of 319 meters of 1046 feet. It is currently the 11th tallest building in the city and was the tallest building during 1930 and 1931. It resembles Art-Deco style and was constructed by Walter Chrysler, who was the head of Chrysler Corportaion. This building served as the headquarters of the Chrysler Corporation during 1930 to the mid 1950s.
The Fisher Building in Detroit
This iconic Building is compiled of 30-storeys and was completed in 1928. It also has a modern art deco style and is made up of different types of expensive rocks. It has a height of 130 meters and resembles the Tribune Tower Design of 1922 by Eliel Saarinen. It has also been marked as ‘Detroit’s Largest Art Object.’ The Fisher Building entered into the National Historic Landmark title in 1989.
The Flatiron Building in Atlanta
The Fontainebleau in Miami
The James R. Thompson Center in Chicago
The Metro Center in Washington D.C.
The Montauk Lighthouse in the Hamptons
The St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans
The Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco