For this week’s challenge, Tina reminds us of the beauty and uniqueness of architectural design that we might find anywhere on our travels. She writes, “So our challenge this week is to share your images of Interesting Architecture – whether in your back yard or anywhere else around the world.” You can read her entire challenge post here.
In my opening photo, one taken in September, we visited Alamo Square, a small park in the heart of San Fransisco. If you look eastward from the park, you’ll see the Painted Ladies, a collection of Victorian houses that have been featured in many a movie that was filmed in San Fransisco. I was surprised when I looked up the location in Google Maps to find out the street in front of the houses is Steiner Street. I’m sure no relation to any of my family.
Only a few hours drive from our home in Fargo, Canada is open again for citizens of the United States to visit. The Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba is a fantastic example of modern architecture and is a place worthy of visiting for reasons far more important than its architecture. It’s a bonus that those upper floors of glass and the observation tower provide spectacular views of the downtown area in Winnipeg.
Governmental buildings are usually classical in architecture. The Colorado State Capitol building is one example of a beautiful classic design. The North Dakota Capitol (below) was built in the 1930s, and for many years was the tallest building in the state.
Though the exterior design is relatively plain, its art-deco interior features are worth the stop to visit the building.
The one-of-a-kind state capitol building in the country is in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Known affectionately as “The Roundhouse,” it is the only round capitol building in the United States.
The exterior of the Library of Congress is certainly an interesting example of classical architecture, but the interior is nothing short of spectacular. Forgive me for sharing this image yet again. It really shows off the architecture of this classic government building.
Native Americans created their own architectural designs long before the Europeans came to settle. This is a partial view of the exterior of a Native American 20-unit “condo” that was built by the Sinagua people sometime between 1100 and 1425 AD.
My final example of an interesting design is actually a memorial and final resting place for a Sufi saint. Known as a dargah, this memorial was built in the mountains near Taos, New Mexico. This revered place of rest for Murshid Samuel Lewis is cared for by residents of a small village of faithful followers of Murshid SAM. It provides a place for contemplation and reverence and some shade from that hot New Mexico sun.
I have gathered some additional examples of interesting architecture on my Flickr site. You can get there by clicking on any of the images above, or you can view the entire album here. Thanks to Tina for this week’s architectural photo challenge.