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23 dazzling man-made American structures you've probably never heard of (23 items)

May 15, 2014

This month marks the 76th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, one of many national landmarks that has come to define the American aesthetic.

The Golden Gate Bridge took four years to complete and was designed by architects Joseph Strauss, Irving Morrow and Charles Ellis.

While there are certainly plenty of natural wonders scattered throughout the country, we decided, in light of the anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, to honor the many lesser known man-made structures that showcase the ingenuity of the American spirit.

1 of 23. St. Louis Cathedral

Among the oldest Cathedrals in America, The St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana was completed in 1794 after five years of construction.

It remains the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.

2 of 23. Fallingwater

Designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1939, the Fallingwater, or "Kaufmann Residence," is a house located in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.

Widely believed to be one of Wright's best designs, Fallingwater is known as such because of its location: The house sits atop an actual waterfall.

3 of 23. Sundial Bridge

Built over the Sacramento River in Redding, California, the Sundial Bridge was completed in July of 2004.

Not only does the bridge resemble a sundial, but on the summer solstice — either June 20 or 21 — the bridge actually functions as a sundial.

It was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

4 of 23. Thorn Crown Chapel

Located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the Thorncrown Chapel was designed by architect E. Fay Jones, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.

The chapel was commissioned by a teacher named Jim Reed and was completed in 1980.

5 of 23. Our Lady of the Rockies

Standing at an imposing 90 feet tall, Our Lady of the Rockies is a statue of the Virgin Mary that sits near Butte, Montana along the Continental Divide.

Completed in 1985, Our Lady of the Rockies is the second tallest statue in America, bested only by the Statue of Liberty.
1. ibulleti
Layton, UT,
May 15, 2014

Our Lady of the Rockies sits above Butte, Montana, several miles nw of Wyoming and a long way from Colorado. It does sit on the Continental Divide.

2. Parry is a Farce
Layton, UT,
May 15, 2014

"Standing at an imposing 90 feet tall, Our Lady of the Rockies is statue of the Virgin Mary that sits between Colorado and Montana along the Continental Divide" (this is directly quoted from the article at 7:20 a.m. on May 15)

So where exactly in Wyoming is this statue located? The continental divide covers at least a couple hundred miles of Wyoming "between Colorado and Montana".

3. Kim Anderson
May 15, 2014

As ibulleti stated, the statue overlooks Butte, MT and is nowhere near Colorado.

4. Hutterite
American Fork, UT,
May 15, 2014

The worlds' largest statue of the Jolly Green Giant at Blue Earth, Minn. is a fantastic structure.

5. wer
South Jordan, UT,
May 15, 2014

The Biltmore Estate, and the surrounding grounds, are well worth the visit, and are open to the public for a fee. It is the largest house in the U.S.