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.

Glessner House - Chicago, Illinois
Glessner House - Chicago, Illinois
Architect: Henry Hobson Richardson

Year built: 1887

For: John J. Glessner, an executive with International Harvester

Design: Blend of Romanesque and American colonial. Richardson used pink-gray granite and a muscular design, which he equated with the power and vigor of a growing, expanded nation.

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