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Washington Has Six of Top 10 of Americas Favorite Architecture

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&raquo Download Audio(mp3) By Caty Weaver 2007-5-20 VOICE ONE: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Specia

two walls of black stone, smooth and shiny, are set into the earth in the shape of the letter v. carved into the stone are the names of more than fifty-eight thousand men and women. their names are listed by the year they were killed or went missing in action.

the memorial, know simply as "the wall," starts out low, gets taller and taller, and then shrinks again. it represents an image of the war in terms of the number of service members killed each year.

the memorial opened in nineteen eighty-two. some people argued that the design was too simple. but the wall has proven to be a powerful memorial, bringing more than one and a half million visitors each year.

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voice one:

chrysler building

number nine of the list of america's favorite architecture is the chrysler building in new york city. it was designed by architect william van alen in the late nineteen twenties and went up in nineteen thirty.

the top of the chrysler building is easy to recognize among the tall buildings of new york. steel arches of shiny silver hold triangular windows that light up at night. many other decorative elements represent designs that were found on chrysler automobiles of the same time period.

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voice two:

the biltmore estate in asheville, north carolina, comes in at number eight.

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