Earlier this week, the American Institute of Architects announced findings of a public poll of America's favorite architecture, and the Empire State Building was tops. Here's the top 10, with the designers:
1. Empire State Building - Shreve, Lamb & Harmon
2. The White House - James Hoban
3. Washington National Cathedral - George Bodley and Henry Vaughan, FAIA
4. Jefferson Memorial - John Russell Pope, FAIA
5. Golden Gate Bridge – Irving F. Morrow and Gertrude C. Morrow
6. U.S. Capitol - William Thornton, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Charles Bulfinch, Thomas U. Walter, FAIA, Montgomery C. Meigs
7. Lincoln Memorial - Henry Bacon, FAIA
8. Biltmore Estate/Vanderbilt Mansion - Richard Morris Hunt, FAIA
9. Chrysler Building - William Van Alen, FAIA
10. Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Maya Lin with Cooper-Lecky Partnership
New Yorkology has a list of the NYC structures in the top 150, and looking at what both the public and architects (they made some pre-selects), the rankings are all over the place. Sure, the Brooklyn Bridge is #20 and the Woolworth Building is #44. But the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue ranks #53, higher than the Flatiron Building (#72). Heck, even the new Hearst Tower ranks ahead of the Flatiron!
Check out the AIA's blog on the top 150 structures. On a post for "What's missing," one commenter wondered where was Central Park ("I believe architecture goes beyond buildings. It took 13 years to complete the 843-acre park. That's longer than it took to build the Empire State Building (1) and The White House (2) combined.") and another wrote, "The list was obviously put together but a bunch of architects who spend most of their lives on the East coast. Haven't seen anything more biased to bad New York design and the whole rehash greek architecture DC thing."
Photograph of the Empire State Building by way of Hoboken by digitalink on Flickr