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Old February 23rd, 2006, 04:53 PM
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I have always loved architecture, and finding a building that fascinates me, is a good thing. On my 1st trip to Miami, Miami Vice was THE show, and I knew I had to see the buildings in the opening. Like a beacon the old Cen Trust Building, now the Bank of America Tower drew me to it, without knowing where we were going. I call this the wedding cake building I have had the picture my son snapped from the car, on my desk for yrs now. Also the apt. complex that had the square cut out, with the red spiral staircase in it, is awesome to me.......

So, recently, on PBS, there was a show about architecture of another kind.
The type that popped up after WW11, when the suburban sprawl started, and families went out for rides in the station wagon. Milk bottle buildings..we have one, now, in Boston. Buildings that look like donuts, hot dogs, wicker baskets, and clam boxes! This Americana also fascinates me. I could do a road trip, just taking all these great things in. Have you seen the man, from Arizona I believe, who built an old time motel, with retro Air Streams, decorated to the max, with all vintage things that go along with it..It also showed a refurbished TeePee motel, that would make any kids eyes light up, even now

Do you have an architectual gem in your area, new or vintage? I know, there are many great stories, in your memory..Come on kids, share your architectual curiosities..Lets take a road trip!!!
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Hey Trip.... when do we leave??


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We have a big coffee pot shaped building......a bar......been around since 50's.......

In Seattle there is a Cowboy Hat & Boot....resturant I believe.......a building that looks like a castle....that is now just a office.

That's all I can think of for now.......but they are fun to look at.....I'll meet ya here Trip & give ya the nickle tour..........



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Well, there's a landmark in Montreal called the Orange Julep. It's a humungous big orange ball situated just off a busy highway, and it's a restaurant that specializes in orange juleps, and the standard hamburger/hot dog/ fries sort of fare. In the old days, they used to have roller skating waitresses serve you in your car. In the summertime, it is still a gathering place for "hot car" owners from all over.

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RD> I'm surprised you didn't mention the giant stadium in the shape of a huge outdoor commode.............................
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That reminds me of the episode of Everybody loves Raymond where Raymond's mom, Marie, takes up modern art as a hobby.

She creates a sculpture that gains some notoriety because of some resemblance to the female anatomy.
I thought it looked more like a flower, perhaps a Gladiola.
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Heading into Detroit on I 94 the have the giant tire,,,it's not really a building,,,but it's kinda kool to see.
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Somewhere along the New Jersy Shore there is building in the shape of a huge elephant.

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I would have to say around here, it would be cedar point amusement park, its not really off the wall for us because we live so close, but i think the first time people drive up and see a 200, 300, and 400ft coaster rising over lake erie its a sight to see, fun to ride as well
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