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The T-Boy Society of Film & Music’s Favorite Architectural Wonders

On May 15, 2020, the T-Boy Society of Film & Music met via Zoom for the final vote in members’ favorite Architectural Wonders. This easily turned out to be our most popular poll. There were virtually no repeats in members’ top selections, with no clear winners. The array of Architectural Wonders results were profound, majestic and educational. I learned quite a lot. I can’t wait to put my T-Boy walking shoes on again and visit some of the amazing destinations, with many that I knew nothing about. — EB

Members’ Selections

Space Needle, Seattle
The Space Needle. Photograph by Deb Roskamp.

Ed Boitano T-Boy editor:

  • Space Needle — Seattle:  I would be amiss not to place this space age tower that has come to define my hometown at the top of my list. As a first-grader, each day at recess I would rush out to my elementary school playground and watch this architectural wonder’s construction, marveling at its new growth and futuristic space age splendor. Little did I know that in 1962 we were at the cusp of new era with the assassination of JFK and the arrival of the Beatles. And with the completion of the Space Needle for the 1962 Century 21 Exposition — Seattle World’s Fair, my little maritime town, seemingly hidden in the northwest corner of America, became a world-class city for the rest of the planet to see.
  • Duomo di Milano — Italy: The stunning Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete, and today is the largest church in Italy; a technicality with the larger St. Peter’s Basilica in the State of Vatican City. Occupying an entire city block, the cathedral’s façade of pink-veined white Candoglia marble is adorned with 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 figures, and a gold-colored statue of the Madonnina, standing on the terrace’s highest spire.
  • Roman ColosseumItaly: The forerunner of the modern sports stadium, the Roman Colosseum (Anfiteatro Flavio) was the largest amphitheatre the world had ever seen. Constructed in AD 80 with travertine limestone, volcanic rock and brick-faced concrete, it was an engineering marvel with an enormous retractable awning to protect 50,000 to 80,000 spectators from the beating Roman sun. Programs included gladiatorial contests, mock sea battles on water, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.
  • NewgrangeIreland: This megalithic mound was built by Neolithic farmers approximately 5000 years ago. Considered a place of astronomical and religious significance, at the dawn of winter solstice — December 19th to 23rd — the passage and chamber are illuminated by 17 minutes of light.
  • Chicago Architecture River Cruise — The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 burnt down 3.3 square miles of the city, destroying 17,500 buildings. The rebuilding began almost immediately with architects pouring into the city, anxious to try out new architectural styles. You can see the results on a Chicago River cruise where 40 notable buildings are on display.
Tikal in Guatemala
Tikal, Guatemala.

Richard Carroll – T-Boy writer:

  • Tikal in Guatemala, dating to 200 A.D.
  • Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico, 600 A.D. The Maya sites in Mexico and Guatemala are stunning as old as the Egyptian Pyramids, but a huge step above, as they were cities, and much more thoughtful and intriguing than the pyramids.
  • La Cite du Vin Bordeaux: Rising 55 meters into the Bordeaux sky, the creative and unusual architecture appearing like a huge ship’s hull or with a little imagination a wine barrel. The wine complex/museum is ranked number one in the world focusing on cutting edge technology, with incredible videos, like something Disney would create.
  • Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, the forefront of architectural design, construction began in 537 A.D. and with enough history to fill a library. A breathtaking experience to visit Hagia Sophia.
  • Eiffel Tower in Paris

Here in the U.S.:

  • Statue of Liberty
  • Empire State Building
  • Golden Gate Bridge
Fallingwater, Pennsylvania
Fallingwater. Photo by Surfsupusa via Wikimedia Commons.

Stephen Brewer T-Boy writer:

  • FallingwaterPennsylvania
  • Mezquita-Catedral de CórdobaSpain
  • AcropolisAthens, Greece
  • Empire State BuildingNYC
  • MontSaintMichelNormandy, France
Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida
Fontainebleau Hotel. Photo courtesy of Ebyabe via Wikimedia Commons.

Susan Breslow – T-Boy writer:

  • Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach
  • Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Dancing House, Prague
  • La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City
  • St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow
  • Chrysler Building, NYC
  • Taliesen West, Arizona
300 ft. Buddha statue in Leshan, China
The Leshan Giant Buddha. Photo courtesy of christels from Pixabay.

Jim GordonCo-host & co-producer Travel Guys TV:

  • 300 ft tall Buddha statue in Leshan, China (filmed there in 2008, just breathtaking)
  • Glasgow Cathedral in Scotland (filmed there in 2019, walking through a century of history, snuck a camera in, could’ve stayed for a day)
  • Sydney Opera House in Australia (filmed there in 2005 & 2011, stood in awe of the design)
  • Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (filmed there in 2009, I’ve seen many similar building designs, but this one with the city’s park beside it, the lights, stunning)
  • Old Trafford, Manchester, England (filmed there in 2008, not my team, hate them, but to stand and film in that empty stadium, sporting cathedral really, left me breathless as a British football fan)
Parasol Metropol in Sevilla, Spain at night.
Parasol Metropol in Spain. Photo courtesy of Anual via Wikimedia Commons.

Richard FrisbieT-Boy writer:

  • In SevillaParasol Metropol: the world’s largest wooden structure, a series of mushroom-shaped, interconnected buildings with undulating walkways over and through them – simply stunning – with the Roman ruins in the basement that prevented it from becoming the transportation hub it was designed for!
  • In Saugerties – Opus 40: one of the oldest and most magnificent earthworks in the US – a series of stairs, ramps, and pools all made of bluestone, centering around a huge stone obelisk, created and built by one man, Harvey Fite.
  • In Rio de Janeiro: the black and white tiled walks and walls created by Roberto Burle Marx. Also – any of his gardens, especially the one at his home: Sitio Santo Antonio da Bica.
  • In Brasil – Oscar Niemeyer’s Museum: that looks like the star ship Enterprise, from the Star Trek series.
  • The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain: Frank Gehry’s undulating titanium masterpiece.
St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow
St. Basil’s Cathedral. Photo courtesy of Marc Hellwig from Pixabay.

James Boitano – T-Boy writer:

  • St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow
  • Stave Churches of Norway
  • The ‘Three Bridges’ of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Aya Sophia Mosque in Istanbul
  • Grand Coulee Dam, Washington State
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Sagrada Família interior and exterior photos. Left photo by Elena Cagianelli from Pixabay. Right photo by CD_Photosaddict from Pixabay.

Allan Smith – Artist & T-Boy writer:

  • Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain. Architect: Antonio Gaudi
  • Chrysler Building, NYC, New York. Architect: William Van Alen
  • Great Pyramids, Giza, Egypt. Architect: unknown
  • Bird’s Nest Stadium, Beijing, China. Architect: Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron
  • Reims Cathedral, Reims, France. Architect: Jean d’Orbais
  • Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey. Architect: Anthemius of Tralles. Isidore of Miletus
  • The Space Needle, Seattle, Washington. Architect: John Graham & Company
  • Neuschwanstein Schlosse, Bavaria, Germany. Architect: Eduard Riedel
  • Himeji Castle, Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan. Architect: Toyotomi Hideyoshi
  • Yellow Crane Temple, Wuhan, China. Architect: unknown
view of the Duomo just below the terrace
Duomo di Milano. Photo courtesy of Deb Roskamp.

Deb Roskamp – T-Boy writer:

  • Duomo di Milano – Milan, Italy: The awe-inspiring magnificence of scale… breathtaking!
  • Statue of Liberty – NYCGive me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…T E A R S.
  • Arch de Triomphe – Paris: So much history transcribed in its triumphal sculpting.
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall – Los Angeles: Makes me happy every time I see it.
  • The Space Needle – Seattle, Washington: Whimsical memories of the 60s in my home state.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu. Photo by Deb Roskamp.

Alex Brouwer – T-Boy writer:

  • Machu PicchuPeru
  • Teotihuacán City/PyramidsMexico
  • Chichen ItzaMexico
  • StonehengeEngland
  • Eiffel TowerFrance
  • Honorable mention: Roman Colosseum and Leaning Tower of Pisa
Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria
Neuschwanstein Castle. Photo reproduction by Photoglob AG, Zürich, Switzerland via Wikimedia Commons.

Ringo Boitano – T-Boy Writer:

  • Neuschwanstein SchlosseBavaria, Germany
  • Taos PuebloNew Mexico
  • Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor)Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Brooklyn BridgeNYC
  • Emperor’s Palace – Imperial City of Huế, Vietnam
Guggenheim Museum in NYC
The Guggenheim Museum in NYC. Exterior photo by Jean-Christophe BENOIST via Wikimedia Commons. Interior photo by Free-Photos from Pixabay.

Brent CampbellMusician & Composer:

  • St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow
  • The Guggenheim Museum in NYC
  • Chicago Bean (aka Cloud Gate) in Chicago
  • Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing 
  • Seattle Space Needle
The Panama Canal. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation via Wikimedia Commons.

Greg AragonT-Boy Writer:

  • Panama Canal
  • Hoover Dam, Nevada
  • California Aqueduct, which transports water 444 miles from Northern California to Southern California
  • Mike O’CallaghanPat Tillman Memorial Bridge (886 ft-high), which spans the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada
  • Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
Great Pyramids at Giza, Egypt
The Great Pyramids. Photo by by Pete Linforth from Pixabay.

Fyllis Hockman – T-Boy writer:

  • The Great PyramidsGiza, Egypt
  • Empire State BuildingNYC  
  • Chichen ItzaYucatan, Mexico
  • Mount RushmoreSouth Dakota
  • The HermitageSt. Petersburg, Russia
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Left: Eiffel Tower at night. Photo by Piero Di Maria from Pixabay. Right: T.E. Mattox and bride at the Eiffel Tower. Photograph courtesy of T.E. Mattox.

T.E. Mattox – T-Boy music critic:

  • Eiffel Tower – That guy lived in an apartment up there
  • Roman Colosseum – Massive
  • Musee d’OrsayParis. Train, train
  • TojiBuddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan 
  • Duomo di MilanoMilan, Italy.  Majestic
Knossos in Crete
Knossos on the Isle of Crete. Photo by Yolanda Coervers from Pixabay.

David Erskine – T-Boy VP of advertising:

  • Knossos on the Isle of Crete Greece
  • Taj MahalAgra, India
  • Love TemplesKhajuraho, India
  • Eiffel TowerParis
  • Wat Pho ‘Temple of the Reclining Buddha’Bangkok, Thailand
  • Blue MosqueIstanbul, Turkey
  • AcropolisAthens, Greece
  • Roman Colosseum Italy
  • Empire State Building NYC
  • Munich Franuenkirche – Germany
  • Red FortDelhi, India
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Guggenheim Museum in Spain. Photo by Finn Bjurvoll Hansen from Pixabay.

Tom Tapp – Film & music critic:

  • Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain
  • The Ruins at Petra, Jordan
  • The Anasazi cliff dwellings in Gila, Arizona 
  • Highway 1 in California 
  • The Medina of Marrakesh, Morocco
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building. Photo by Free-Photos from Pixabay.

Raoul PascualT-Boy co-founder, illustrator and art director:

  • Empire State Building, NYC
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
  • Great Pyramids,  Giza, Egypt
  • Statue of Liberty, Liberty Island in New York Harbor
  • Singapore Changi Airport, Changi, Singapore
Summer Palace, Beijing
The Summer Palace in Beijing. Photo by H. Hach from Pixabay.

Lee OlsonTV producer & writer

  • Summer Palace in BejingChina
  • Angkor WatCambodia
  • The AlhambraGranada, Spain
  • Versaille ChateauFrance
  • Chichen Itza “El Castillo” PyramidYucatan, Mexico
the Colosseum, Rome
The Roman Colosseum. Photo by Free-Photos from Pixabay.

Rourke – Film critic & musician:

  • Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • Roman Colosseum, Italy
  • Brooklyn Bridge, NYC
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
  • Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong

Honorable mentions:

  • Trevi Fountain, Rome
  • Holocaust Memorial, Boston
  • Pan Pacific Theater, L.A. (burned years ago)
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge. Photo by Pexels from Pixabay.

Chloe ErskineEducator:

  • The Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco
  • The Walls of Benin – Edo, Nigeria
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