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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

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united states capitol

number six on the list of favorites is at the other end of the national mall from the lincoln memorial: the united states capitol.

william thorton won a competition to design the capitol, the building where congress meets. he proposed a central domed building with two square buildings on either side. thorton was not even an architect. he was a doctor living in the west indies at the time.

work on the capitol began in seventeen ninety-three. president george washington laid the cornerstone. building -- and rebuilding -- continued for more than a century under many different architects.

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the golden gate bridge

number five on the list of america's favorite architecture is the golden gate bridge over san francisco bay in california. the bright orange bridge links the city of san francisco with marin county.

husband-and-wife architects irving and gertrude morrow designed the golden gate bridge. the chief engineer was joseph strauss.

work began in nineteen thirty-three and the bridge opened four years later. the main span of nearly one thousand three hundred meters made it the world's longest suspension bridge. it held that record for almost thirty years.

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