questionswhat's the coolest building in your town?

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I live in the Metro Detroit area, and I'd have to say that my favorite building in the area is St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Detroit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Mary_Roman_Catholic_Church_(Detroit)

Not only for the outside, which is quite Romanesque and stands as a beautiful building in the midst of a city that often seems forgotten, but mostly because of the inside. It's been around since the mid 1800's and is quite the diamond in the rough. Although I'm not very religious, it's a building that I enjoy visiting. My wife and I have attended a number of weddings there, and always enjoy travelling downtown to see to go there.

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There aren't any interesting buildings around here (in my opinion), but when I lived in northern virginia I used to drive past the CIT building on my way to work.

Pictures really don't do it justice. This thing looks weird.

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This is just a ploy to find out where I live.

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I can tell you what isn't - Mobile, AL City Plaza. Ugly and it leaks like a sieve. I was in there a few weeks ago for jury duty and there were at least 30 buckets at strategic locations to catch the water - and they weren't doing so well at that.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/34/Government_Plaza_Mobile.JPG/800px-Government_Plaza_Mobile.JPG

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We have quite a few. The two big ones in this photo are the old high school at the top of the hill, and the Art and Recreation center further down the hill on the left.

I think if I had to pick one building though it would be the Ryan Mansion, which is now a bed & breakfast like most of the 19th century mansions here.

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I also love to travel, and I love all the things you do. The Ysleta Mission is probably the most iconic building here. We have some interesting architecture, but being the southwest it isn't usually massive in scale. But one hallmark of Hispanic culture is colorful and eclectic homes, so our neighborhoods tend to be a riot of color with lots of murals, sculpture, colorful pottery, shrines, bottle trees, etc in front yards.

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I used to live in Chicago, which I think most people know it has amazing architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright is from there and there are tons of gothic and modern buildings mixed together. The classic tourist stop is the Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building which are right across the street from eachother on the "Magnificent Mile."

I also used to study at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. It had a neat idea where they modeled buildings after their purpose. The Chan Center (concert hall) was shaped like a Cello. The newer library called Koerner Library is shaped like a book resting open on its spine. The Biology building is shaped like a Cell (but everyone agrees it is the worst of the themed buildings).

Also, not on campus, but the Vancouver Public Library is epic and gets some recognition. Sorry I dont know how to embed images, but do an image search for any of the names I mention, I think they are fantastic and think about them regularly from here in the midwest.

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The coolest building in my town is the ice manufacturing plant. :)

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Esperson Building http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:EspersonBuildingfromChase.JPG) And the Beer Can House

Edit: forgot how to paste pics.

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Anyone care to share the fabled image embedding formula? A search for questions related to formatting in deals.woot revealed nothing for images. (f*ck this site sucks sometimes).

I seem to recall finding a guide in the past, but no more.

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@caffeine_dude: You want to live in the Space Shuttle Discovery?

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@countdown: http://www.woot.com/forums/languages/en-US/docs/bbcode.aspx

I found the guide in woot! proper, when trying to comment on an item for sale. It gives you a link to the guide next to the comment box.

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@countdown: You don't need to do anything special to embed an image. If you post a link directly to an image it will automatically show up. There's an actual format for it, but it isn't necessary.

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@pitamuffin: I thought the forum comment formatting tags were different from the DWC formatting

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@samstag: thanks!

Vancouver Public Library

Koerner Library at UBC

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@countdown: I do it one of two ways. If it is an online photo, I right click on the photo, and if "copy image url" is offered, I copy and paste that and it imports the picture. f the photo is something on my computer or the "copy url" trick doesn't work, I upload it to tinypic.com and copy the last of the copy and paste choices (something about url) and that always works.

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Tough to choose between these two:

Just not sure.

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I think most state/provincial government buildings are interesting.

The Ralph Englstad Arena where I live now Grand Fork, ND, USA

But my home town has a lets say different looking building almost complete
called the Museum for Humans Rights located in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.

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We have sort of a mini Philly City Hall:

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@figgers3036: The first time I flew into D.C. at night and saw the Capitol building all lit up, I was totally mesmerized. The White House is gorgeous, but for sheer wow! power, I think it's definitely the Capitol.

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@figgers3036: Ha! Well played. ;o)

I do think people who haven't seen the Capitol in person probably underestimate the magnificence. A little off topic, it reminds me of when I went to both Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore. I was awed by how awesome they were too. They were actually kind of emotional experiences. When I saw Yellowstone & Rushmore along with the Capitol - though that's more a representation of power in my mind - I just kept thinking this is what makes America a fu#king rockstar! I'm betting nobody does a monument like the U S and A (In my best Borat voice)

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We don't have an outstanding buildings, but we have a beautiful bridge. You can "drive" over it (in under one minute) here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3-82pY5Y1oh

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Boston Avenue United Methodist Church is a National Historic Landmark, designed by a female architect, Dr. Adah Robinson, and built in downtown Tulsa in 1929.

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@phillystyle: Yep. The first time I saw the Statue of Liberty was while driving over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge late at night. It was breath-taking.

(Yes, she may have come from France, but she's our monument!)

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@phillystyle: The Sphinx. The Kremlin. The Taj Mahal. The Sydney Opera House. Easter Island. Christ the Redeemer. Stonehenge. Chichenitza. The Parthenon. But I think for modern construction the Arab Emirates is really the center of architectural originality. Not for any one structure but for the dozens of amazing designs. Here is the Zayed National Museum and the Dubai Towers Hotel as examples.

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@moondrake: Man, that's one impressive town you live in. All that's missing is the Golden Gate Bridge and the Eiffel Tower. :P

(Cool pics though.)

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@phillystyle: I am a citizen of the Earth, aren't you? Seriously, I wasn't saying those were in my hometown. I was responding to @figgers3036 tongue in cheek assertion "I just kept thinking this is what makes America a fu#king rockstar! I'm betting nobody does a monument like the U S and A (In my best Borat voice)". Pointing out some of the awesome monuments and architecture in other countries in addition to celebrating our own. Whenever I see a magnificent building like the Kremlin or the Taj Mahal or those amazing steel and glass flights of fancy from the UAE, I think that to someone else it is just a mundane everyday sight. Some people see that building every morning on their way to work. Some people work there. Somebody cleans the toilets in that building. And while the concept of a toilet may differ from country to country, no matter how glorious the building that houses them, cleaning them is still a crappy job, but somebody has to do it..

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The coolest building in my city is the ice manufacturing plant... until they loose the recipe... again...

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The coolest building in my town is the HEB. It's where all the people without air conditioning hang out and wander the aisles aimlessly and slowly.

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When I was in Las Vegas recently, I saw the coolest building I have ever seen..it looks like it is melting

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@taxform: Duplicate. Your joke was posted near the top of the thread.

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@moondrake: I live in the DC metro area. The question is what're the cool buildings in your area.

But I suppose your insinuation that I'm an uber-nationalist dick works too.

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@magic cave: say, isn't that bridge on the way to Dali's house?

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@figgers3036: Sorry I mistakenly attributed phillystyle's quote to you, but I never insinuated anyone was being a "nationalist dick". That's why I referred to the quote as "tongue in cheek". There's no margin in taking offense where none was intended.

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@onebaddoggie: That's the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health designed by Frank Gehry.
I find it a bit ironic.

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@pickypickypicky: There's a Dali muesum in St. Pete, but that's way across the state from where I am.

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@gionot: Ironic it may be, but "astonishingly fun to look at" is definitely is.

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@pickypickypicky: It does, doesn't it? The Tampa bridge kept coming up as alternative images when I searched for the bridge in Jax, and before I started paying close attention I actually confused the two myself. Haven't done any research, but I wonder if they share an architect.

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@magic cave: well, our fine state has been known to adapt architectural plans for buildings before. One of the government buildings in Fort Myers was adapted from plans for a prison, and believe me, you could tell. Can't remember which one, I'll try to find it later and post.

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@onebaddoggie: makes me think of Antoni Gaudí's work.

Late entry but I always like the pre Revolutionary War buildings still standing here in York, like the Golden Plough Tavern. Cool to think that the Founding Fathers used to drink and discuss in the neighborhood. We have a Lafayette raising a toast statue downtown as well.