America's Favorite Structures

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

The best architecture in the United States

Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis ranks #14

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Harris Interactive compiled a list of America?s best works of architecture, based on interviews with AIA members and a poll of about 1,800 adults. Here is the list, which was released in February 2007.

RankBuildingCity
1Empire State BuildingNew York, N.Y.
2The White HouseWashington, D.C.
3Washington National CathedralWashington, D.C.
4Thomas Jefferson MemorialWashington D.C.
5Golden Gate BridgeSan Francisco, Calif.
6U.S. CapitolWashington, D.C.
7Lincoln MemorialWashington, D.C.
8Biltmore Estate (Vanderbilt Residence)Asheville, N.C.
9Chrysler BuildingNew York, N.Y.
10Vietnam Veterans MemorialWashington, D.C.
11St. Patrick?s CathedralNew York, N.Y.
12Washington MonumentWashington, D.C.
13Grand Central StationNew York, N.Y.
14The Gateway ArchSt. Louis, Mo.
15Supreme Court of the United StatesWashington, D.C.
16St. Regis HotelNew York, N.Y.
17Metropolitan Museum of ArtNew York, N.Y.
18Hotel Del CoronadoSan Diego, Calif.
19World trade CenterNew York, N.Y.
20Brooklyn BridgeNew York, N.Y.
21Philadelphia City HallPhiladelphia, Pa.
22Bellagio Hotel and CasinoLas Vegas, Nev.
23Cathedral of St. John the DivineNew York, N.Y.
24Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhiladelphia, Pa.
25Trinity ChurchBoston, Mass.
26Ahwahnee HotelYosemite Valley, Calif.
27MonticelloCharlottesville, Va.
28Library of CongressWashington, D.C.
29Kaufmann Residence (Fallingwater)Bear Run, Pa.
30TaliesinSpring Green, Wis.
31Wrigley FieldChicago, Ill.
32Wanamaker?s Department StorePhiladelphia, Pa.
33Rose Center for Earth and SpaceNew York, N.Y.
34National Gallery of Art, West BuildingWashington, D.C.
35Allegheny County CourthousePittsburgh, Pa.
36Old Faithful InnYellowstone National Park, Wyo.
37Union StationWashington, D.C.
38Tribune TowerChicago, Ill.
39Delano HotelMiami Beach, Fla.
40Union StationSt. Louis, Mo.
41Hearst Residence (Hearst Castle)San Simeon, Calif.
42Sears TowerChicago, Ill.
43Crane LibraryQuincy, Mass.
44Woolworth BuildingNew York, N.Y.
45Cincinnati Union TerminalCincinnati, Ohio
46Waldorf AstoriaNew York, N.Y.
47New York Public LibraryNew York, N.Y.
48Carnegie HallNew York, N.Y.
49San Francisco City HallSan Francisco, Calif.
50Virginia State CapitolRichmond, Va.
51Cadet Chapel, Air Force AcademyColorado Springs, Colo.
52Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicago, Ill.
53Apple Store Fifth AvenueNew York, N.Y.
54Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, Pa.
55Mauna Kea Beach HotelKohala Coast, Hawaii
56Rockefeller CenterNew York, N.Y.
57Denver International AirportDenver, Colo.
58Ames LibraryNorth Easton, Mass.
59Milwaukee Art MuseumMilwaukee, Wis.
60Thorncrown ChapelEureka Springs, Arkansas
61TransAmerica PyramidSan Francisco, Calif.
62333 Wacker DriveChicago, Ill.
63National Museum of Air and SpaceWashington, D.C.
64Faneuil Hall MarketplaceBoston, Mass.
65Crystal CathedralGarden Grove, Calif.
66Gamble HousePasadena, Calif.
67Nebraska State CapitalLincoln, Nebr.
68New York Times BuildingNew York, N.Y.
69Salt Lake City Public LibrarySalt Lake City, Utah
70Swan and Dolphin Hotels, Walt Disney WorldOrlando, Fla.
71Hearst TowerNew York, N.Y.
72Flatiron Building (Fuller Building)New York, N.Y.
73Lake Point TowerChicago, Ill.
74Guggenheim MuseumNew York, N.Y.
75Union StationLos Angeles, Calif.
76Willard HotelWashington, D.C.
77Sever Hall, Harvard UniversityCambridge, Mass.
78Broadmoor HotelColorado Springs, Colo.
79Ronald Reagan Building and International trade CenterWashington, D.C.
80Phillips Exeter Academy LibraryExeter, N.H.
81The Plaza HotelNew York, N.Y.
82Sofitel Chicago Water TowerChicago, Ill.
83Glessner HouseChicago, Ill.
84Yankee StadiumNew York, N.Y.
85Harold Washington Library CenterChicago, Ill.
86Lincoln Center for the Performing ArtsNew York, N.Y.
87The Dakota ApartmentsNew York, N.Y.
88Art Institute of ChicagoChicago, Ill.
89Fairmont HotelSan Francisco, Calif.
90Boston Public LibraryBoston, Mass.
91Hollywood BowlHollywood, Calif.
92Texas State CapitolAustin, Tex.
93FontainebleauMiami Beach, Fla.
94Legal Research Building, University of MichiganAnn Arbor, Mich.
95J. Paul Getty Center for the ArtsLos Angeles, Calif.
96High MuseumAtlanta, Ga.
97Federal Building and U.S. CourthouseIslip, N.Y.
98Humana BuildingLouisville, Ky.
99Walt Disney Concert HallLos Angeles, Calif.
100Radio City Music HallNew York, N.Y.
101Paul Brown StadiumCincinnati, Ohio
102United Airlines Terminal, O'HareChicago, Ill.
103Hyatt Regency AtlantaAtlanta, Ga.
104AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants Stadium)San Francisco, Calif.
105Time Warner CenterNew York, N.Y.
106Washington, D.C., MetroWashington, D.C.
107IDS CenterMinneapolis, Minn.
108Seattle Public LibrarySeattle, Wash.
109Museum of Modern ArtSan Francisco, Calif.
110Union StationChicago, Ill.
111United Nations HeadquartersNew York, N.Y.
112National Building Museum (Pension Building)Washington, D.C.
113Fenway ParkBoston, Mass.
114Dana-Thomas HouseSpringfield, Ill.
115TWA Terminal, Kennedy AirportNew York, N.Y.
116The AthenaeumNew Harmony, Ind.
117Walker Art CenterMinneapolis, Minn.
118American Airlines CenterDallas, Tex.
119Arizona Biltmore Resort and SpaPhoenix, Ariz.
120Los Angeles Central LibraryLos Angeles, Calif.
121San Francisco International TerminalSan Francisco, Calif.
122Oriole Park at Camden YardsBaltimore, Md.
123Taliesin WestScottsdale, Ariz.
124United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumWashington, D.C.
125Citicorp CenterNew York, N.Y.
126V. C. Morris Gift Shop (Xanadu Gallery)San Francisco, Calif.
127Union StationKansas City, Mo.
128Rookery BuildingChicago, Ill.
129Weisman Art MuseumMinneapolis, Minn.
130Douglas HouseHarbor Springs, Mich.
131Hollyhock HouseLos Angeles, Calif.
132Pennzoil PlaceHouston, Tex.
133Royalton HotelNew York, N.Y.
134Reliant AstrodomeHouston, Tex.
135Safeco FieldSeattle, Wash.
136Corning Museum of GlassCorning, N.Y.
13730th Street StationPhiladelphia, Pa.
138Robie HouseChicago, Ill.
139Williams Tower (Transco Tower)Houston, Tex.
140Stahl House (Case Study House #22)Los Angeles, Calif.
141Apple SoHoNew York, N.Y.
142John Hancock TowersBoston, Mass.
143Pennsylvania StationNew York, N.Y.
144Hyatt Regency San FranciscoSan Francisco, Calif.
145Carson Pirie ScottChicago, Ill.
146Museum of Modern ArtNew York, N.Y.
147Auditorium BuildingChicago, Ill.
148Brown Palace HotelDenver, Colo.
149Ingalls Ice Arena, Yale UniversityNew Haven, Conn.
150Battle Hall, University of TexasAustin, Tex.