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America’s Favorite Architecture

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

Welcome to a site where you can view 150 different architecture projects selected by the American public. Here you’ll be able not only to view them but to vote on them and select your top five.

Your first major decision is to decide how you want to view the site. Your options are full-screen or regular browser size. The full-screen will launch in a separate window, the regular browser version launches in the window you already have open. You get exactly the same site either way.

At the very bottom of the screen you’ll notice five blank squares that is where your top five will go as you select them.

To navigate through the image move the green slider to the right of the page. This will move you through the images. If you see something you like click the green plus button to add it to your favorites.

There are several ways you can view the images. The first way is by Ranking, this is the default layout. You’ll view the different architecture locations/buildings/structures by their position in rank. You can also view them by Buildings A-Z, or Architects A-Z, or the Date they were added.

If you click the image of the architecture you can see it larger, and learn more about what you are seeing. It was extremely difficult for me to select my top five. But here they are:

Edgar Kaufman Residence (Fallingwater) – A Frank Lloyd Wright building atop of a water fall in the woods. This one was #29 when I was visiting. I love this building because it is so unexpected. I like lines of the house and the way it peaks out into its surroundings.

Thorncrown Chapel – #60 when I was visiting, again here I like the interplay of structure with nature. This was designed by E. Fay Jones. All I can think when I see this chapel, is good heavens I’d love to get married there. My imagination is just set on fire by the idea of how different lighting would change the way you perceive this place.

Surprisingly enough, the other three on my list are libraries. I’m on my way to being a librarian myself – so I was definitely having an “Ah-ha!” moment when I read the descriptions and found out these were libraries! They are #47 the New York Public Library, #54 the Fisher Fine Arts Library, and #58 the Ames Library.

Once you’ve picked your top five click the red Vote button. It will then show you how many vote each one has, and what the top overall favorites are.

This site provides and interesting look into American architecture. I hope you enjoy the look as much as I did.


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