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Old July 12th, 2010, 04:44 AM   #61
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Philadelphia City Hall

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"Centered in the heart of downtown Philadelphia stands the nation’s largest municipal building (larger than the U.S. Capitol), serving the city’s government and politics for over 100 years. It is situated in the exact geographical center of William Penn's original 1682 plans for the city, now known as the intersections of Broad and Market Streets, Center Square.

Controversy has surrounded this National Historic Landmark from its earliest conception in 1860 to present day. Yet, it has also earned a great deal of respect as a unique architectural and sculptural achievement. City Hall includes some 700 rooms and more than 250 architectural relief’s and freestanding sculptures, including its most famous 37’ bronze William Penn statue topping the clock tower."

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Old July 12th, 2010, 05:51 AM   #62
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Was about to post that!

Beautiful structure for sure.
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Old July 12th, 2010, 08:56 PM   #63
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Was about to post that!

Beautiful structure for sure.
Feel free to post! I can't get enough of this beast!
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Old July 13th, 2010, 02:01 AM   #64
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Capitol Building of Texas. Made of limestone but covered in granite.
Here is a website with some good photos (they are too large to post here):
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My personal favorite, the Library of Congress:

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Old July 13th, 2010, 02:20 AM   #65
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Some great looking buildings there!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old July 13th, 2010, 11:54 AM   #66
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I surely hope that Churchill Downs is "American" enough for some posters in this thread...

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One of my personal favorites is the Levy Building in Louisville.

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Old July 13th, 2010, 04:41 PM   #67
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I've been lurking for years but wanted to add to this tread because it is so interesting. This is my favorite building. Admittedly, I am biased. I am born and raised in the Ville.

This has to be uniquely American. Although to be fair, I think the original title of the thread could be interpreted as a building IN America. Not just examples of American Style.

Humana Building, Louisville, KY (Humana Insurance Headquarters)
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Old July 13th, 2010, 09:15 PM   #68
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To this day, Michael Graves has yet to top this masterpiece of PoMo architecture.
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Old July 14th, 2010, 07:00 PM   #69
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Old July 17th, 2010, 08:14 AM   #70
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More US Capitol

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Old July 21st, 2010, 10:37 PM   #71
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Terminal Tower Cleveland

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The Terminal Tower is a landmark skyscraper located on Public Square in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It is a part of the Tower City Center mixed-use development. It was built by the Van Sweringen brothers to serve as an office building atop the city's new rail station, Union Terminal. The top of the 52-floor building is 708 ft (216 m) high.

Designed by the firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White, it was modeled after the Beaux-Arts New York Municipal Building by McKim, Mead, and White. The Terminal Tower opened in 1928, two years before the entire Union Terminal complex was complete. It would remain the tallest building in the world outside of New York City until the completion of the Prudential Center in Boston in 1967. Since its completion, it has remained one of the most recognizable parts of the Cleveland skyline.

In the 1980s a plan to build a taller building than the Terminal Tower was put forward, but was rejected by city officials who wanted to keep the Terminal Tower as the city's tallest building. The building, the BP Tower (at the time known as the Sohio Building), was scaled down. The Terminal Tower remained the tallest building in Cleveland until the completion of the Key Tower (at the time known as the Society Center) in 1991.(Wikipedia)

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Old August 3rd, 2010, 04:28 AM   #72
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Cincinnati Union Station

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Originally built from 1929-1933 as the Union Terminal train station, the building still stands on a prominent location one mile northwest of the city center as one of the last grand scale terminals in the Art Deco style. A masterpiece of planning by architect Paul Cret, who worked with the firm of Fellheimer and Wagner, at its peak, it accomodated 17,000 people and 216 trains daily.

Visitors approach the 10-story, arched, limestone and glass facade of the building from the east through a quarter-mile plaza. The dome is flanked on either side by curving wings. An illuminated fountain, cascade and pool lie in the foreground center. On either side of the main doors, Maxfield Keck’s bas-relief figures symbolize Commerce and Transportation. The inside rotunda of the building spans 188 feet and soars to a peak of 106 feet high. The interior walls are decorated with murals which portray the history of Cincinnati and environs.

In addition to the small Amtrak station, the building now is home to the Cincinnati Museum Center including:
 Museum of Natural History and Science
 Cincinnati Historical Museum
 Cinergy Children's Museum
 Linder Family Omnimax Theater
 Cincinnati Historical Society Library

In 2007, Cincinnati Union Terminal was ranked #45 on the AIA 150 America's Favorite Architecture list. 9WallyG)

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Old August 17th, 2010, 07:53 AM   #73
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Ellicott Square
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Daniel H. Burnham and Company / Ellicott Square Building / Buffalo, New York / 1895-96
295 Main Street
At the time of its opening, it was the world's largest office building.
Floor mosaic: 1930-31, William Winthrop Kent of New York City
Cornice removed and exterior painted: 1971

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Daniels & Fisher Tower
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Daniels & Fisher Tower, Denver, Colorado

The Daniels & Fisher (D&F) Tower is a distinctive Denver, Colorado landmark. Built as part of the Daniels & Fisher department store in 1910, it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi at the time. Modeled after The Campanile (St. Mark's Bell Tower) at the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, the clock tower has clock faces on all four sides. Daniels & Fisher were later bought out by the May Company, and in the 1950s and 60s it was known as the May D&F building. When the building was demolished (ca. 1980), the tower was saved. It stands today in downtown Denver.


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Dallas

Wilson Building (former Department Store)




Dallas County Courthouse (Old Red Courthouse)

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Old October 12th, 2010, 05:52 AM   #76
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The Fontainebleau Miami Beach (1954)

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels on Miami Beach. Opened in 1954 and designed by Morris Lapidus, it was considered the most luxurious hotel on Miami Beach, and is thought to be the most significant building of Lapidus's career. The Fontainebleau is situated on oceanfront Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire's Row.

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Old October 14th, 2010, 12:23 AM   #77
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what great looking buildings

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Buffalo City Hall
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Buffalo City Hall is the seat for municipal government in the City of Buffalo, New York State. Located at 65 Niagara Square, the 32 story Art Deco building was completed in 1931 by Dietel, Wade & Jones.

At 378 ft (115.2 m) height or 398 feet (121.3 m) from the street to the tip of the tower, it is one of the largest and tallest municipal buildings in the United States of America and is also one of the tallest buildings in Western New York. The design was by George Dietel, architect, with the assistance of John J. Wade. The friezes were sculpted by Albert Stewart and the sculpture executed by Rene Paul Chambellan.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.


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that is a beautiful building.
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Old October 17th, 2010, 03:12 PM   #80
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The Merchandise Mart in Chicago is one of my favourite American buildings of all time.

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