I’ve always been fascinated by the architectural variations from city to city. While San Francisco is recognized for its colorful Victorian row houses, you probably won’t find them along the coast of Florida or next to a Cape Cod in New England. Each city’s signature style is part of what makes our country so beautifully diverse, “from sea to shining sea.”
Architecturally-speaking, one of my favorite cities to window-shop homes is Charleston, S.C. I absolutely love the neoclassical and Greek revival style of the houses that line the old cobblestone streets. (And if you’ve never been there, you must visit Rainbow Row – a collection of colorful historic homes located along East Bay Street near the Battery.) So, if your Fourth of July plans involve traveling to either a new or familiar city, I encourage you to pay attention to the architecture you pass along the way. And if you can’t explore new places this weekend, take a HGTV virtual, all-American tour through the most influential and iconic architecture and designs our country has to offer.
Now I have to ask – what city do you feel has the most iconic American architecture? Maybe the colorful cottages of Key West or the intricate, Southern-style of New Orleans? Pueblo revival structures in Santa Fe or mid-century modern architecture in Los Angeles?
Tell us in the comments below.