• History and architecture combine in the U.S.

    2013-05-09

    United States travel is all about variety. While some may marvel at the stunning landscapes of the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Northwest, others may be more interested in touring the many museums and landmarks that dot the country. The U.S. is also an ideal spot for history and architecture buffs, as there are many destinations that play to both of their interests. In fact, there are some in particular that offer both groups plenty of intrigue, according to The Huffington Post.

    Virginia State Capitol
    When most people think of Thomas Jefferson, his skills as an architect likely aren't the first things that come to mind, yet the third President has a legacy of designing some of the country's most beautiful buildings, and the Virginia State Capitol certainly qualifies. The building was completed in 1785 and draws heavily from the Classical period, and its majestic white pillars resemble the facade that would later be used in the White House. The area surrounding the capitol is also worth a visit, with monuments to many famous Americans including Edgar Allen Poe and Stonewall Jackson.

    Wainwright Building
    At 10 stories tall, the Wainwright Building may not hold a candle to the 100-plus-story skyscrapers of today, but when it was constructed in 1891 it was revolutionary for its size. In fact, this iconic St. Louis building is considered to be among the first skyscrapers in the world, notes the Huffington Post. Aside from historical significance, the intricate design is particularly impressive, including a stunning frieze that encircles the exterior.

    Flatiron Building
    New York City certainly isn't lacking when it comes to historic buildings. The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and soon-to-be opened Freedom Tower are among the best known structures in the world, but if you're looking for unique architecture, the Flatiron Building is your best bet. The unusual building - which resembles an iron - was among the tallest in the city when it was completed in 1902. Over the years, it has become one of the many icons of the Big Apple, and its Chicago-style architecture stands out as an impressive piece in a city full of stunning buildings. Today, it is still maintained as an office building, but there are talks of turning it into a hotel.

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