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The Art in Architecture


United States hosts diverse cultures and the same is reflected through various states and cities with their own architectural styles. Learn about the significance of architecture in the history of landmark cities. Marvel at the ingenuity in the design and the influence from varied architecture.





The architecture of Chicago has influenced and reflected the history of American architecture. The city of Chicago 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.


New York


Surrounded mostly by water, the city has amassed one of the largest and most varied collections of skyscrapers in the world. New York has architecturally significant buildings in a wide range of styles spanning distinct historical and cultural periods. The Chrysler building is considered by many historians and architects to be one of New York’s finest, with its distinctive ornamentation.


San Francisco

With its interesting and challenging variations in geography and topology and tumultuous history, San Francisco is known worldwide for its particularly eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. Icons of San Francisco architecture include the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Coit Tower, the Palace of Fine Arts, Lombard Street, Alamo Square, and Chinatown.





The architecture of Philadelphia is a mix of historic and modern styles that reflect the city’s history. Philadelphia made significant contributions in the architecture of the United States. The row house was introduced to the United States via Philadelphia in the 17th century, the United States’ first International style skyscraper was built in Philadelphia, and one of the most important examples of Postmodern architecture, Robert Venturi‘s Guild House, is located in the city.


Los Angeles


Long regarded as the city of the future, L.A. is home to some of the most original and innovative architecture in the United States and the world, as well as being home to virtually every conceivable historic style, reflecting the diversity and imagination of the people who live here. See the Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by architect Frank Gehry, and is one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience.

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