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Across the United States, you’ll find some of the world’s most remarkable architectural feats, with some designs being a little more farfetched than others. Buildings like the Thorncrown Chapel in Arkansas, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Empire State Building in New York City are great examples of fine American architecture.

However, while many people and tourists alike come from far and wide to marvel at these buildings, we’re casting our eyes up at the exquisite roofing designs. These are some of our favorite American roofing designs:


The Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is a significant skyscraper located in New York City. Built in 1930, the Chrysler Building was one of the first skyscrapers globally, reaching a height of 1047ft tall. The building’s magnificent rooftop has a height of 925ft and a 122ft spire.

The building was designed by American architect William Van Alen and is considered one of the leading Art Deco architecture design styles. The most famous part of this historic architecture is its terraced crown, which comprises 28 terraced arches.

The Chrysler Building and its roof design have inspired many architects and engineers worldwide. Examples can be seen in the Empire State Building, One Liberty Place, and the Business Central Towers in Dubai.


The Thorncrown Chapel

The Thorncrown Chapel is considered one of the most beautiful buildings, both for its design and location. Located deep in the woods in Eureka Springs, the chapel is made chiefly of wood and glass. Built in 1980 by E. Fay Jones, the building was commissioned by Jim Reed to celebrate the splendid Ozark Hills.

The chapel has a 48ft ceiling, and its roof is made out of vertical and diagonal cross-tension trusses, creating the dramatic folded roof of the chapel. The wood for the trusses was sourced from the woods surrounding the chapel. Being nearly entirely covered in glass, the chapel fits perfectly with its beautiful natural surroundings.


The Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel

The Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel is quite a sight to behold. The magnificent structure was designed in 1950 and completed in the decade to follow. Located in Colorado Springs, the superb architecture was once a watershed moment in American architecture. Its advanced design was created during the high-stakes Cold War era and is considered one of the most expensive American federal projects.

The chapel’s standout feature is the prominent spires modelled after fighter jets’ wings. The chapel features 17 glass and aluminum spires, each composed of 100 tetrahedrons. The 100ft chapel was built to house a 900 seat Protestant chapel, a 500 seat Catholic chapel and a 100 seat Jewish chapel.

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