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Top 10 favorite American houses

To celebrate their 150th anniversary, the American Institute of Architects put together a list of 150 favorite buildings of Americans. From that list we gleaned a top 10 buildings designed as family homes, the most admired American masterpieces of residential architecture.

Hearst Castle - San Simeon, California
Hearst Castle - San Simeon, California
Architect: Julia Morgan

Year built: 1947

For: William Randolph Hearst

Design: Mediterranean revival. Morgan supervised construction on the 40,000 acre ranch for 28 years. Hearst constantly tinkered with the project and many structures were torn down and replaced on his say-so.

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