Top 10 Most Beautiful Buildings in America

Looking at uniform, predictable, and uninspired construction gets old. Architecture is more than just building the most cost-effective properties without room for any form of expression or artistic value. It’s for that reason that when we see a building that breaks the mold, literally and figuratively, we stop and look, and we remember them for the rest of our lives. Here are 10 of our favorite buildings in America that you should add to your ‘bucket list’.

1: The Basket Building, Newark, Ohio

The Basket Building, Newark, Ohio
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia/Derek Jensen

This is a giant basket that isn’t just some wonky gimmick building, it’s a thing of beauty in-person. Standing seven stories tall, this record-setting basket was formerly the HQ for Longaberger Basket Company. The interior is almost as impressive as its exterior, with marble flooring and luxurious furniture. It certainly doesn’t look or feel like a corporate office space, and that’s why we love it.

Address: 1500 E Main St, Newark, OH 43055

2: Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Tim Samoff

On the outside, you would assume that this impressive library building was of the actual library itself, but it’s actually the face of Kansas City’s Public Library parking garage. Standing tall are the bindings of 22 of the most iconic books in pop culture. Because it would probably be impossible for one person to pick 22 books that would satisfy all fans of literary classics, the city left it up to the people to vote on their favorites. You’ll need to see the famous garage in-person to see if any of your picks made the list.

Address: 2017 W Pennway St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3: Wonderworks, Pigeon Forge, TN

Wonderworks, Pigeon Forge, TN

If you want to experience something you’d otherwise never be able to outside of the virtual world of computer graphics, go to Pigeon Forge, TN and stop by Wonderworks. It doesn’t look real, but it most certainly is; it shouldn’t exist, but it most certainly does; it’s a building that makes your brain do backflips. Step inside this upside-down structure and you’ll be treated with lots of fun activities and more brain-teasing to really make you view your everyday life in a new way.

Address: 100 Music Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

4: Haines Shoe House, Pennsylvania

Haines Shoe House, Pennsylvania

Not to be outdone by the basket building, our next place is a shoe. That’s right, a building that looks like a giant shoe. The detail is impressive on this architectural marvel, especially in the sole. The Haines Shoe House is a beloved state landmark, one that has been spotted in many TV shows and movies. We’d like to thank the zany shoe salesman who decided to be creative, rather than go the Al Bundy route of moaning and groaning about their choice of career.

Address: 197 Shoe House Rd, York, PA 17406

5: Luxor Las Vegas, Nevada

Luxor Las Vegas, Nevada
Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Luxor

One of many impressive buildings along the Vegas Strip, we choose to highlight the Luxor because of its highly skilled craftsmanship and amazing level of extravagance, inside and outside the hotel casino. You’ll find pyramid rooms inside with slanted walls, they spared no opportunity of enhancing the experience of sleeping inside a giant pyramid of luxury and excitement.

Address: 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

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