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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Crazzy...just plain cr-r-r-r-r-azy!

As we travel across America, or anywhere in the world for that matter, strange and unusual buildings appear right before our eyes or at a distance. The uniqueness of their design captures the imaginary eye with thoughts of not only 'how in the world did someone come up with such an idea?' but also 'how did anyone actually build it?' Take a few moments and marvel at a few not so ordinary architectural designs in celebration of this day's day.

November 12 is...

World Architecture Day (or is it?)
http://www.strangebuildings.thegrumpyoldlimey.com/2011/07/hole-house-houston-tx-usa.html
Houston, Texas Hole House
The Texas "Hole House" was in existence for only a few months in 2005.
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Well, this day is turning out to be very interesting. Not sure if it should even be celebrated as announced on Days of the Year. There appears to be no other reference to this day's day being this day on the calendar. Apparently World Architecture Day occurred on October 6 and the event scheduled for November 12 - 14 was cancelled. Anyway, for your marveling pleasure of just a few right here at home in the USA...
 
http://www.buzzfeed.com/adamdavis/strangest-and-most-unique-buildings-from-around-th
The Kansas City Library contains a unique “Community Bookshelf” wall on its exterior, designed to showcase the spines of 22 books suggested by the citizens of Kansas City.
 http://www.buzzfeed.com/adamdavis/strangest-and-most-unique-buildings-from-around-th 
Because of its work selling baskets and other accessories, the Longaberger company headquarters near Dresden, Ohio is designed in the shape of a giant wooden basket. The handles are even heated to prevent ice forming and causing destruction or injury to the rest of the building and the employees.
 http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/winchester-mystery-house
This home’s owner, Sarah Winchester, allegedly believed that the building at 525 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, California was haunted and so designed the home in a labyrinth-like fashion to confuse any spirits who might try to haunt her. Because of that, she insisted that the home be constantly under construction, incorporating architectural oddities such as a cabinet that extends through 30 rooms of the house and doors that lead nowhere.
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway_Arch
The Cathedral of St. Patrick (commonly called St. Patrick's Cathedral) is a decorated Neo-Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral church in the United States and a prominent landmark of New York City, New York.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway_Arch 
The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot (192 m) tall monument in St. Louis, in the U.S. state of Missouri. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of a flattened catenary arch, it is the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, Missouri's tallest accessible building, and the world's tallest arch.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMP_Museum
Located in Seattle, Washington, EMP Museum is a nonprofit museum, dedicated to contemporary popular culture. EMP Museum was founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000. Since that time EMP has organized dozens of exhibits, 17 of which have toured across the US and internationally.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedona,_Arizona
In Sedona, Arizona in 1956, construction of the Chapel of the Holy Cross was completed. The chapel appears to rise 250 feet (76 m) out of a 1,000-foot (300 m) redrock cliff.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Air_Force_Academy_Cadet_Chapel
The United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, completed in 1962, is the distinguishing feature of the Cadet Area at the United States Air Force Academy north of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Originally controversial in its design, the Cadet Chapel has become a classic and highly regarded example of modernist architecture. The Cadet Chapel was awarded the American Institute of Architects' National Twenty-five Year Award in 1996 and, as part of the Cadet Area, was named a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 2004.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Disney_Concert_Hall
Lillian Disney made an initial gift of $50 million in 1987 to build a performance venue as a gift to the people of Los Angeles and a tribute to Walt Disney's devotion to the arts and to the city. The Walt Disney Concert Hall seats 2,265 people and serves, among other purposes, as the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_and_Maria_Stata_Center
The Ray and Maria Stata Center or Building 32 is a 720,000-square-foot (67,000 m2) academic complex designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Frank Gehry for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  Then, there is someone who is just plain cr-r-r-r-razy!

http://unusual-architecture.com/beer-can-house-houston-texas-usa/
The Beer Can House is a folk art house in Rice Military, Houston, Texas, covered with beer cans, bottles, and other beer paraphernalia. It is a folk art monument to eccentricity and recycling.
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