Free to See: U.S. Architecture

Architecture and design buffs are in luck: We found 10 free tours, open houses, and guides across the U.S. Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 10 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about a free architecture tour in the comments section below.

San Francisco City Guides San Francisco, California

This volunteer group gives free tours of the city, many of which have architectural themes, including Victorian San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Heights Mansions, and Rising Steel: Two Centuries of San Francisco Architecture.

Landmark Center and Rice Park St. Paul, Minnesota

The Landmark Center, itself a century-old icon of the upper Midwest, offers free architecture tours that take visitors inside other buildings surrounding Rice Park.

Architecture Month Honolulu, Hawaii

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu hosts Architecture Month each April. Enjoy free tours of Chinatown and notable Honolulu buildings, architecture talks and films, and even studio tours at local architectural design firms.

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Comments

  1. Alexander
    November 7, 2011, 4:44 pm

    I suggest Greece as a “free” tour, cause this country is a museum itself. Everywhere around you will find some temple or columns…even the metroline in Athens routed through the ancient temples! …find more at http://travel-europe-eu.blogspot.com/2011/10/another-general-strike-in-greece.html

  2. Violeta
    Washington DC
    November 7, 2011, 11:41 pm

    My suggestion is the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House. “Usonian house – a modestly scaled house that was affordable, well-designed, and responded to the surrounding environment.” Here’s the link
    http://www.popeleighey1940.org

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