23 dazzling man-made American structures you've probably never heard of (23 items)
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
It remains the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.
2 of 23. Fallingwater
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
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
The chapel was commissioned by a teacher named Jim Reed and was completed in 1980.
5 of 23. Our Lady of the Rockies
Completed in 1985, Our Lady of the Rockies is the second tallest statue in America, bested only by the Statue of Liberty.