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St. Louis Has Two Entries on "America’s Favorite Architecture"

by Michael R. Allen

The American Institute of Architects has published America’s Favorite Architecture, a list of 150 buildings around the country chosen through a poll of 1,800 Americans. The results are questionable, although guessing why certain buildings are on the list and making sense of the list order provides endless entertainment.

St. Louis is represented only twice, with our ubiquitous Gateway Arch at #14 and beloved Union Station at #40.

Some of the results — Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, two Apple stores in New York City — will certainly puzzle locals wondering why the Wainwright Building, among other worthy contenders here and elsewhere, is absent.

Chicago critic Lynn Becker has excellent commentary on the list here.