The 10 Best Cities in the U.S. for Architecture Lovers


Last Updated on February 26, 2021

6. Boston, Massachusetts

It was also known as “The Puritan City” – a name influenced by Puritan settlers that arrived in 1962 from England. Boston is another U.S. city that will offer a lot to architecture lovers, such as the emblematic Trinity Church, the first big work from Henry Hobson Richardson, who gave birth to the Richardsonian Romanesque. Other architecture buildings from other styles, from Federalist-style to more modern and brutalist-style or surrealist, you can visit Massachusetts State House and Faneuil Hall, the Boston Government Center and Lindemann Center, the Kresge Auditorium, and the Ray and Maria Santa Center.

7. Palm Springs, California

Do you love mid-century modernism? Then this is the place to be. Yes, Palm Springs is a desert-like place, but that inspired architects like Albert Frey, John Lautner, and Richard Neutra to create what they named as ‘desert modernism.’ What is the best thing you can get when you live in a dry and – very – sunny climate? Very large glass doors, practical shaded verandas, and priceless outdoor pools. This is what you’ll find where Priscila and Elvis Presley spend their honeymoon! Frey’s Palm Spring City Haal, William Krisel’s “House of Tomorrow, and Neutra’s Desert House is something you gotta see.

8. New Orleans, Louisiana

Heavily influenced by Caribbean, Spanish and French styles, New Orleans is one of the best cities in the U.S. for architecture lovers. And the Creole townhouses are probably it’s the most charismatic and representative architectural buildings. These were built in 1788, after the Great New Orleans Fire. More than this, there are other architectural styles that will fulfill the mind of those who go there. The romantic-looking Miltenberger Houses, the Renaissance Spanish Colonial-style St. Louis Cathedral, or the Doullut Steamboat Houses reflect all the multicultural heritage you can find in New Orleans.

9. Detroit, Michigan

Detroit has, probably, the most recognizable skylines from all U.S. cities. With lots of late-19th and early-20th century buildings, its downtown core has been well conserved and protected by both architects and preservationists. Names like Louis Kamper, Gordon Lloyd, Albert Kahn, Wirt C. Rowland, and Philip Johnson (among others) did notable works in this city.


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