From the Empire State Building to the Eiffel Tower, some buildings captivate a city or even a nation. Over time, these iconic buildings become synonymous with the place they represent.
They are the buildings that, if you mention their name, people know what you’re talking about,” says Vance Kelley, AIA, principal in Treanor Architects' Historic Preservation studio. They are buildings that show up on television, in books and memories. They are, often, the ones worth preserving.
A building doesn’t need to be world-famous to be “iconic” to its community. Here are a few of the ways that a building—perhaps one in your community— can take on a life greater than the sum of its parts.