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AIA, Harris Interactive Poll: Empire State Building Tops the List of Beloved U.S. Buildings

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Courtesy The Skyscraper Museum.

 

America¹s favorite building in the U.S. is the Empire State Building, while Frank Lloyd Wright was the nation¹s most prolific architect of popular structures‹this according to a Harris Interactive poll released today in honor of the American Institute of Architect¹s 150th anniversary (see complete list below). To compile its list of the most popular buildings in the U.S., Harris Interactive polled more than 1,800 adults based on a preselected list of 247 buildings compiled by an AIA panel. The AIA commissioned the survey to generate public awareness about architecture.

“(The poll) confirms that architecture resonates with people,” AIA President RK Stewart, FAIA, said in a statement that accompanied the poll’s release this morning near the U.S. Capitol building, which itself ranked No. 6 on the list. “These buildings hold a place in their hearts and minds.” The release of the poll was timed to coincide with the AIA’s annual Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference. Nearly 800 architects are visiting Washington, D.C., this week to participate in networking events and meet with members of Congress about sustainability and other issues important to the profession.

At the tip of Americans’ minds, so to speak, is Shreve Lamb & Harmon’s Empire State Building, the second tallest building in the country—the tallest skyscraper, Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s Sears Tower, placed 43rd on the list. American’s second favorite structure is the White House, followed by the National Cathedral and the Jefferson Memorial, both in Washington; the Golden Gate Bridge; the U.S. Capitol; and the Lincoln Memorial. Nearly half of the 150 buildings selected are located in Washington, D.C., New York City, or Chicago.

With eight buildings on the list, Frank Lloyd Wright’s work appears most often. Henry Hobson Richardson’s buildings are cited six times and Richard Meier’s were cited five times. Three projects designed by women were included, including two in the top 10: Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Golden Gate Bridge designed by Gertrude Morrow along with her husband, Irving. Hearst Castle, designed by Julia Morgan is on the list as well. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is the oldest building, begun around 1769 and completed in 1809, and the newest is the New York Times’ new headquarters by Renzo Piano. It is still under construction and will be completed later this year.

Barbara J. Saffir

 

 

The Complete List

Rank

Building

1

Empire State Building - New York, NY

2

The White House - Washington, DC

3

Washington National Cathedral - Washington DC

4

Thomas Jefferson Memorial - Washington DC

5

Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco, CA

6

US Capitol - Washington, DC

7

Lincoln Memorial - Washington, DC

8

Biltmore Estates/Vanderbilt Residence - Ashville, NC

9

Chrysler Building - New York, NY

10

Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Washington, DC

11

St. Patrick's Cathedral - New York, NY

12

Washington Monument - Washington, DC

13

Grand Central Station - New York, NY

14

Gateway Arch - St. Louis, MO

15

Supreme Court of the United States - Washington, DC

16

St. Regis - New York, NY

17

Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, NY

18

Hotel Del Coronado - San Diego, CA

19

World Trade Center - NY

20

Brooklyn Bridge - New York, NY

21

Philadelphia City Hall - Philadelphia, PA

22

Bellagio Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas, NV

23

Cathedral of St. John the Divine - New York, NY

24

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Philadelphia, PA

25

Trinity Church, Boston, MA

26

Ahwanee Hotel - Yosemite Valley, CA

27

Monticello - Charlottesville, VA

28

Library of Congress - Washington, DC

29

Falling Water/Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. Residence - Bear Run, PA

30

Taliesin East - Spring Green, WI

31

Wrigley Field - Chicago, IL

32

Wanamaker's Department Store - Philadelphia, PA

33

Rose Center For Earth And Space - American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

34

National Gallery of Art (West Wing) - Washington, DC

35

Allegheny Country Courthouse - Pittsburgh, PA

36

Old Faithful Inn - Yellowstone National Park, WY

37

Union Station - Washington, DC

38

Tribune Tower - Chicago, IL

39

Delano Hotel - Miami Beach, FL

40

Union Station - St. Louis, MO

41

Hearst Residence - San Simeon, CA

42

Sears Tower - Chicago, IL

43

Crane Library - Quincy, MA

44

Woolworth Building - New York, NY

45

Cincinnati Union Terminal - Cincinnati, OH

46

Waldorf Astoria - New York, NY

47

New York Public Library - New York, NY

48

Carnegie Hall - New York, NY

49

San Francisco City Hall - San Francisco, CA

50

Virginia State Capitol - Richmond, VA

51

Cadet Chapel - Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

52

Field Museum of Natural History - Chicago, IL

53

Apple - 5th Avenue New York, NY

54

Furness Library - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

55

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel - Kohala Coast (the Big Island), Hawaii

56

Rockefeller Center - New York, NY

57

Denver International Airport - Denver, CO

58

Ames Library - North Easton, MA

59

Milwaukee Art Museum - Milwaukee, WI

60

Thorncrown Chapel - Eureka Springs, AR

61

TransAmerica Building - San Francisco, CA

62

333 Wacker Drive - Chicago, IL

63

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum - Washington, DC

64

Faneuil Hall Marketplace - Boston, MA

65

Crystal Cathedral - Garden Grove, CA

66

Gamble House - Pasadena, CA

67

Nebraska State Capital - Lincoln, NE

68

New York Times Building - New York, NY

69

Salt Lake City Public Library - Salt Lake City, Utah

70

Dolphin and Swan - Walt Disney World, Orlando (Lake Buena Vista), FL

71

Hearst Tower - New York, NY

72

Flatiron Building/Fuller Building, New York, NY

73

Lake Point Tower - Chicago, IL

74

Guggenheim Museum – New York, NY

75

Union Station - Los Angeles, CA

76

Willard Hotel - Washington DC

77

Sever Hall - Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

78

Broadmoor Hotel - Colorado Springs, CO

79

Ronald Reagan Building - Washington, DC

80

Phillips Exeter Academy Library - Exeter, New Hampshire

81

The Plaza Hotel - New York, NY

82

Sofitel - Chicago, IL

83

Glessner House - Chicago, IL

84

Yankee Stadium - New York, NY

85

Chicago Public Library - Chicago IL

86

Lincoln Center - New York, NY

87

The Dakota Apartments - New York, NY

88

Art Institute Of Chicago - Chicago, IL

89

Fairmont Hotel - San Francisco, CA

90

Boston Public Library - Boston, MA

91

Hollywood Bowl - Hollywood, CA

92

Texas State Capitol - Austin TX

93

Fontainebleau - Miami Beach, FL

94

University of Michigan Law Library - Ann Arbor, MI

95

Getty Museum - Los Angeles, CA

96

High Museum - Atlanta, GA

97

Federal Building and United States Courthouse - Islip, New York

98

Humana Building - Louisville, KY

99

Disney Concert Hall - Los Angeles, CA

100

Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY

101

Paul Brown Stadium - Cincinnati, OH

102

United Airlines Terminal - O'Hare, Chicago, IL

103

Hyatt Regency - Atlanta, GA

104

AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants Stadium) - San Francisco, CA

105

Time Warner Center - New York, NY

106

Washington, DC Metro - Washington, DC

107

IDS Center/IDS Tower, Minneapolis, MN

108

Seattle Public Library - Seattle, WA

109

Museum of Modern Art - San Francisco, CA

110

Union Station - Chicago, IL

111

United Nations Headquarters - New York, NY

112

National Building Museum/Pension Building - Washington, DC

113

Fenway Park - Boston, MA

114

Dana-Thomas House - Springfield, IL

115

TWA Terminal - JFK Airport, New York, NY

116

The Athenaeum - New Harmony, IN

117

Walker Art Center - Minneapolis, MN

118

American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX

119

Biltmore Arizona - Phoenix, AZ

120

Los Angeles Central Library - Los Angeles, CA

121

San Francisco International Airport - San Francisco, CA

122

Camden Yards - Baltimore, MD

123

Taliesin West - Scottsdale, Arizona, AZ

124

Holocaust Museum - Washington, DC

125

Citicorp Center - New York City

126

V. C. Morris Gift Shop / Xanadu Gallery - San Francisco, CA

127

Union Station - Kansas City, MO

128

Rookery Building - Chicago, IL

129

Weisman Art Museum - University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

130

Douglas House - Harbor Springs, MI

131

Barnsdall House/ Hollyhock House - Los Angeles, CA

132

Pennzoil Place - Houston, TX

133

Royalton Hotel - New York, NY

134

Astrodome - Houston, TX

135

Safeco Field - Seattle, WA

136

Corning Museum of Glass - Corning, NY

137

30th Street Station - Philadelphia, PA

138

Robie House - Chicago, IL

139

Williams Tower (Transco Tower) - Houston, TX

140

Stahl House/Case Study House #22 - Los Angeles, CA

141

Apple – New York (SoHo), NY

142

John Hancock Hotel and Conference Center, Boston, MA

143

Pennsylvania Station/Penn Station - New York, NY

144

Hyatt Regency - San Francisco, CA

145

Carson Pirie Scott – Chicago, IL

146

Museum of Modern Art - New York, NY

147

Auditorium Building - Chicago, IL

148

Brown Palace - Denver, CO

149

Ingalls Ice Arena - Yale University, New Haven, CT

150

Battle Hall - University of Texas, Austin, TX

 

 

For additional coverage, please see the March 2007 issue of RECORD.

 

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