This test of your understanding of American structures is the ideal way to boost your confidence quickly. Let’s go! Take your hard hat with you!
The Brooklyn Bridge, at 1,595 feet, was the world’s longest suspension bridge when it was built. Fuggedaboutit! But what neighboring bridge shattered that record by 4.5 feet in 1903?
George Washington Bridge
Throgs Neck Bridge
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Observing the Washington Monument closely, you’ll see that it changes color, and the stone appears darker about one-third of the way up. What makes the two sections distinct?
It’s an optical illusion
It took so long they had to use two different quarries
To pay homage to the two political parties
The bottom part is just kept cleaner
Unbelievably, this famous building for the Fisher Brothers finished just before the Great Depression, was constructed using over 40 different types of marble. How about some good timing? This masterpiece of Art Deco is where?
Sometimes we build tall, and sometimes we build weirdly tall. When this building was finished in 1972, the SF Chronicle dubbed it “the biggest architectural dunce cap in the world.” What company is forever associated with it, even though it is no longer headquartered there?
One of the first “skyscrapers,” the Equitable Life Building in New York City, was chosen through a competition in 1868. What invention was first incorporated into this building, making it noteworthy?
Americans chose none other than the Ghermezian family to build the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. They had already achieved global fame by constructing a sizable mall in which country?
The Hoover Dam Museum in Nevada is the place that will make you utter “Dam! That’s interesting!” the most. If you go there, you can find out what the Hoover Dam’s original name was.
This glass building in Seattle was the recipient of a national AIA Honor Award for Architecture in 2005. Cool. What’s inside, though?
More than 1.5 million books
The Seattle police department
A glass factory
The Empire State Building site in New York City was sold to Bethlehem Engineering Corporation in 1928 for $15 million. The biggest hotel in the world was previously housed there. Who was the hotel’s owner?
Mary and John Murray
The Drumpf family
The Bell Labs building in Holmdel can be described as Jersey Strong. It can also describe in two other words: Finnish Design. Eero Saarinen, a Finnish-born architect, designed the structure. What other iconic American structures did Saarinen design?
World’s Largest Ball of Twine in Darwin, MN
Gateway Arch in St. Louis
Guggenheim Museum in New York
Capitol Records Building in L.A.
A close-up of a small section of the Golden Gate Bridge was completed in 1937 and painted “International Orange.” What famous bridge master was hired to run the suspension cables using a technique in which he banded steel wires together in spools and carried them across on spinning wheels?
One of the most iconic structures in the United States, it is located in the heart of Philadelphia. The 24-foot thick walls contain 4 acres of space, and a 53,000-pound sculpture of William Penn stands on top. Who designed the 36-foot Penn statue, better known for his artistic mobiles?
It’s not a building, but it’s a significant enough achievement that Buzz Aldrin attended its dedication. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is for you if you don’t mind getting dizzy. Which Native American tribe spearheaded its construction?
If you were in a 1962-built structure looking southeast at the city, you would be nearly 600 feet above it. Maybe you’d have a lovely, passionate night with a lot of promise, but I’m getting off-topic. Which building’s peak would you be at?
Willis Tower in Chicago
John Hancock Tower in Boston
Space Needle in Seattle
No one, except for the Vanderbilts, comes close to the French regarding creating opulent estates. With 250 rooms, the Biltmore Estate, owned by George Vanderbilt, is the most significant private residence in the United States and was designed to resemble Versailles. Where exactly is the renowned Biltmore estate?
Sam Simeon, CA
The most well-known architects and designers in the United States are immigrants, which is true of the entire country. I.M. Pei, a Chinese-American architect, did NOT create which of the following famous buildings? Pei?
East Building of the National Gallery of Art
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
200 Clarendon Street
San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado hosted the event with celebrities from Marilyn Monroe to Thomas Edison. This famous hotel is a shining example of what architectural style, not Victorian?
Queen Anne Architecture
King George Architecture
Like no other building in the world, Mount Rushmore delicately walks the line between the created and the uncreated. What method was employed to construct it, using a lot of dynamite?
The world’s largest log hotel, constructed in the United States almost 120 years ago, may not be a good choice if you have pyrophobia. Ironically, the building took the place of the Upper Geyser Basin Hotel, which had been destroyed by fire. What does this renowned hotel’s name mean?
Logs ‘R Us Inn and Retreat
Big Meadow Lodge
Old Faithful Inn
These globe-shaped “biodomes” were the subject of a Fast Company article titled “A First Look at the Spheres.” Whose headquarters were these impressive buildings built for in 2017?
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