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Old 09-29-2015, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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I wanted to get a consensus on which cities you think would best represent each architectural style. Feel free to mention any that I did not include. I'd love to see some examples. Urban, Suburban, Quasi-Urban, idc, doesn't need to be too specific.

I picked some of the more popular styles of recent American history.

-Victorian
-Georgian
-Beaux-Arts
-Gothic Revival
-Art Deco
-Mid-century Modern
-Neoclassical
-Postmodern
-Spanish Colonial/Mediterranean Revival
-Craftsman
-American Colonial

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Old 09-29-2015, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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C'mon you guys it's not like there's a shortage of architecture enthusiasts on here.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:38 PM
 
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I don't know enough!
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Nuevo León
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I plead ignorance!!
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:27 PM
 
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Art Deco: South Beach and Tulsa
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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Georgian and Federal: Philadelphia and Boston

Greek Revival: Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Too bad the Greek Revival went out of style. Probably was way too expensive.

Probably my favorite style was the Victorian period in the late 19th century. So much craftsmanship was put into things.

Frank Furness and Willis Gaylord Hale were Philadelphia's Victorian architects. I don't know other cities that well, but I have never seen more beautiful stuff then what was produced from these two. Philadelphia was very flamboyant and grand in its architecture of the late 19th century. In the early part of the 20th century, more conservative citizens of the city decided that the Victorian buildings were too much and needed to be replaced with something a bit less flashy and over the course of 50-60 years, a big portion of them were destroyed to make way for the future. Furness was credited with creating at least 650 buildings in and around the area by the time of his death and I imagine Hale built a solid number too. All of them are gone basically. Louis Sullivan came to Philadelphia at the peak of this era in the 1870's. He worked for one year at Furness' studio at 4th and Chestnut. It is said that while traveling through the crowded streets of city he came across a building and stated: "fresh and fair . . . a human note, as though someone were talking." I think that explains Philadelphia well in terms of the way it feels just to walk around the neighborhoods house after house. Sullivan, of course, is most known for being Frank Lloyd Wright's teacher and mentor. These guys helped defined what the "American" style was to the rest of the world.

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Old 09-29-2015, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Here's an archetectural style: the ugly, boxy, 3-story apartment complex from the 1960s.

What city has the most of them?
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Old 09-29-2015, 11:06 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Here's an archetectural style: the ugly, boxy, 3-story apartment complex from the 1960s.

What city has the most of them?
Ahh the "Dingbat" apartments, yuck. Los Angeles followed by San Diego or just Southern CA in general.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dingbat_(building)
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Old 09-30-2015, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Downtown LA
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Ahh the "Dingbat" apartments, yuck. Los Angeles followed by San Diego or just Southern CA in general.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dingbat_(building)
Give it another 20 years and preservationists will be trying to preserve them. Yeah they're cheap stucco boxes and probably not the most shining example of mid century modernism, but they also can be charming, fun, kitsch and are quintessentially LA.

I equate our dingbats to the Baltimore's Formstone-clad rowhouses. A little gross but so quintessentially kitschy Baltimore, which counts for something.

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Old 09-30-2015, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Yeah they're cheap stucco boxes and probably not the most shining example of mid century modernism, but they're also kitsch and cool. Its an LA thing.
At least these LA dingbats are kitschy in a fun way.

The Chicago equivalent of cheap, mid-century, multi-family housing is called a "four-plus-one" because most have four floors plus the first level, which is for parking. They're all really drab and hideous. You're most likely to see them in Rodgers Park, Albany Park, Edgewater Beach, parts of Lakeview, and throughout the Northwest Side.

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