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Old 10-04-2018, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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I'm not sure that most Americans could name Chicago's most iconic towers, but I think most Americans could identify the Chicago skyline as a whole, as it is massive and unrivaled in this country sans NYC.
I will agree Chicago has the 2nd best skyline in the country. Your point about most Americans not recognizing its most iconic towers is also true. Of course the name change of Sears to Willis does not help matters much. But even Hancock Tower is difficult for many, even though they recognize the building.

As for other Space Needle type towers confusing some, I'm not sure. The Space Needle in Seattle doesn't look anything like any of the other towers that it could possibly be compared with, though I have to admit as a born and bred Seattle boy, I am biased!
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Old 10-04-2018, 05:09 AM
 
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I personally donít think most people would get independence hall unless you show it in conjunction with the liberty bell, and then itís still a toss up if they actually know the name of the building. I do believe most would recognize the bell.

I do think most would get the St Louis Arch. I was gonna do a poll and had it on it.

The Alamo is borderline, I was really on the fence about this one. For much of the country itís just a small footnote in high school history, the same in lower level college history courses. Too bad the rental car company doesnít use its image in its logo.

As for Fenway Park no way. Itís probably the most recognizable thing in Boston for most, but many people could care less about sports, baseball in particular. I will say when I thought of Boston it wasnít the USS Constitution or Faniuel Hall that came to my mind of what most people would know, it was Fenway and the parquet wood floor of the Boston Garden. But then I thought of all the people I know, and have known over the years who have zero interest in pro sports.
Fenway Park is bigger than Baseball. I literally canít think if a movie set in Boston that doesnít have at least 1 **** of Fenway Park. They sell Citgo sign shirts because itís a thing you can see from the park.

Most of the time even London, Paris, NY etc landmarks were built as landmarks. The Statue of Liberty or Westminster weíre built as symbols with the former serving literally no other purpose. But as far as things not built as landmarks Fenway might be is the top 3
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Old 10-04-2018, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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I love Boston. I think it is a great city! But if you showed me a picture of Fenway Park, I would have no idea if it is Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, or Wrigley Field (unless there was identifying information on it). I, of course, know the Fenway name. I know it's in Boston. I know it's a big deal to Boston baseball fans - I even have a neighbor with a dog named Fenway. But would I recognize it if shown a picture? Probably not. Unless someone is into baseball, they probably would have no clue.

What do people think about this landmark? Do you think it is fairly recognizable by many Americans?

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Old 10-04-2018, 09:10 AM
 
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US landmarks that almost every American is going to recognize:
  • Space Needle
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Gateway Arch
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Spaceship Earth at Epcot / Magic Kingdom castle (Disney World)
  • Statue of Liberty
  • White House
  • US Capitol
  • Liberty Bell/Independence Hall
  • Niagara Falls
  • Welcome to Las Vegas sign
  • Grand Canyon
Pretty good list, but I don't think the Space Needle is well know at all.





The biggies in the US are (imho) and only focused on man-made structures. These are also in rough order...
  • The major DC monuments (The Capitol, WH, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and to a lesser extent, the Jefferson Memorial)
  • Stature of Libery
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Empire State Building
  • Mount Rushmore
  • The Arch
  • Disney World
  • Hollywood sign (I'll add this is the dummmmmest monument anywhere. Glorified city sign.)
Iffy on the Libery Bell (would not include Independence Hall). Sears Tower nearly makes this list. Times Square, maybe. No on Space Needle (is this in Seattle?). Cape Canaveral does not make the list, but it should be noted. If SuperDome were still there, I'd include it. A push on Wrigley and Fenway Park. No on Las Vegas sign. John Hancock in Chicago would be in the next batch. Brooklyn Bridge? Alamo, no.

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Old 10-04-2018, 09:31 AM
 
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Fenway Park is bigger than Baseball. I literally canít think if a movie set in Boston that doesnít have at least 1 **** of Fenway Park. They sell Citgo sign shirts because itís a thing you can see from the park.

Most of the time even London, Paris, NY etc landmarks were built as landmarks. The Statue of Liberty or Westminster weíre built as symbols with the former serving literally no other purpose. But as far as things not built as landmarks Fenway might be is the top 3
Fenway Park....no
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Old 10-04-2018, 09:38 AM
 
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Fenway Park....no

Agree, it's a fairly popular landmark , but certainly nowhere near others on the list.
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:01 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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I think the following would be recognizable for most Americans:

Statue of Liberty
White House
Washington Monument
Hollywood Sign
Times Square
Golden Gate Bridge
Niagara Falls
Empire State Building
US Capitol Building
Grand Canyon (may not know the state it's in)
Disney Castle (may not know if it's the California or Florida one)
Mount Rushmore (won't necessarily know where it is)

I think at least half would know the following:

St. Louis Arch (I think this is unique looking enough that it may be higher)
Space Needle
Liberty Bell
Independence Hall (although people might misplace it in Boston or NY)
Old Faithful
Las Vegas Strip
Arlington Cemetery (I think most would guess that if shown a picture)

I'm not confident in more than half of the US recognizing the following (unless they have visited):

Fanueil Hall
Alamo
Sears/Willis Tower
Navy Pier
Church in New Orleans Square
Pretty good, I think you and Jennifat (post 5) both have a good list.

I like the way you have two divisions, I was thinking of doing the same thing. The first division is landmarks that almost everyone knows. The second division is landmarks that most people know.

To the second division, I would add to your list the Lincoln Memorial and the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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In addition to the obvious ones listed by the OP, I think any reasonably well-travelled/well-read American should be able to match the following cities with their most famous landmark:

1. Independence Hall (Philadelphia)
2. Gateway Arch (Saint Louis)
3. The Alamo (San Antonio)
4. Space Needle (Seattle)
5. St. Louis Cathedral/Jackson Sq. (New Orleans)
6. Churchill Downs (Louisville)
7. The Washington Monument (District of Columbia)
8. Faneuil Hall (Boston)
9. Fremont St./Golden Nugget Casino at night (Las Vegas)
10. LDS Temple (Salt Lake City)
There's the rub. The majority of Americans are neither well-traveled nor well-read.
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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Give me this weekend to find pictures of some of the landmarks mentioned here. I'll conduct my own at my place of work: Emory University Hospital. I'm rather curious.
Search no more...

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Old 10-04-2018, 11:40 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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This thread made me realize that there's a whole lot of cities which don't have something visually iconic to the extent of casual recognition.
Living in Philly, I'd say there's the Bell/Independence Hall, but major cities like Boston, Miami, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, etc. don't really have anything per se. Even LA only really has the Hollywood Sign.
Obviously, all these cities have landmarks that a large chunk of people would identify, but not really something that would stand out per the OP's definition.
I do think if we made the guidelines slightly less rigorous, more cities would definitely come into the mix.
In Philly, the LOVE statue or Art Museum/Rocky Steps/Statue might make the cut if the regulations were laxed a bit.
The OP does make a good point though that sometimes certain spots aren't as recognizable as we think they are. Everybody here talks about City Hall, but I'm not sure many people would recognize that straight up in other parts of the country.
It actually raises a good question why some things become nationally famous and sometimes even world famous while others do not. Sometimes you can understand it and other times you cannot.

For example, take the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York. The Verrazano (soon to be corrected to Verrazzano) is actually a bit longer but the Golden Gate is by far the more famous.

The Golden Gate is shown in movies to represent California and especially San Francisco, often being attacked or destroyed in someway from an earthquake, to intelligent apes, mutants or even Godzilla! In contrast, the Verrazano is almost never shown when New York is in the movies.

Partly this is location, the Verrazano is not near Manhattan and has to compete with a host of other New York landmarks. But another thing is the unique color of the Golden Gate - some kind of reddish orange, which also fits perfectly with the name Golden Gate. In contrast, while the gigantic Verrazano never ceases to impress me, it is painted a rather common color for bridges.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Gate_Bridge

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verrazano-Narrows_Bridge
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