You are probably very familiar with America's most famous sights.
After all, they are famous sights.
But here you can rediscover them, because these fascinating illustrations peel off their outside to reveal what's lurking inside.
These include the Statue of Liberty, with its steel frame designed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the stairs and the rotating glass roof of the Space Needle in Seattle, and the underwater tunnels under the East and Hudson Rivers used by subways & # 39; s from New York City coming in and out of Manhattan.
Researchers have meticulously studied images and maps to make an accurate representation of the inside of each landmark. Scroll down to open some of America's most famous buildings & # 39; to see …
The Statue of Liberty, New York City
The facade of the Statue of Liberty is by the Frenchman Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, but the iron pylon and the steel insides were designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the maker of the Eiffel Tower. Eiffel was accused of building a skeleton that created Bartholdi's hammered copper exterior – using a technique called & # 39; repousse & # 39; – would move in the wind so that the whole would not be blown over
The copper skin of the statue was insulated with asbestos to prevent the connection to the frame from corroding. Richard Morris Hunt, the first American to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, designed the pedestal with deliberate simplicity so as not to distract from the symbolic statue
The Statue of Liberty was a joint effort between France and the United States and was created in France between 1876 and 1886. The goal was to commemorate the lasting friendship between the two nations. The statue was shipped to the US in pieces and built on a small island in Upper New York Bay, now known as Liberty Island
The White House, Washington DC
The White House, the official residence of the President of the United States, was designed by the Irish architect James Hoban, who formed the building on the Leinster House in Dublin. Construction started in 1792 on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and was completed in 1800
The White House has been expanded over the years with additions such as Benjamin Henry Latrobe's portico to the north and south façade. Thomas Jefferson, the second president living in the White House, added that the east and west wings were inspired by Renaissance villas he'd seen in Palladio's Four Books on Architecture. Strangely enough, it is believed that Jefferson was one of the losing architects in the original competition to design the home of the American president
Every American president has lived in the White House since John Adams in 1800. It is located in the heart of Washington DC
Radio City Music Hall, New York City
The largest indoor theater in the world is perhaps an impressive modernist monolith from outside, but the true treasures of the & # 39; people's palace & # 39; from Rockefeller can be found inside. John D. Rockefeller found unlikely potential in a difficult area after the 1929 crash. He owned a not very encouraging piece of land in the heart of Manhattan that commercial tenants would probably not consider an attractive choice. His solution was to collaborate with the Radio Corporation of America, theater impresario S.L. & # 39; Roxy & # 39; Rothafel, and designer Donald Deskey, to create a grand and stylish interior that would enhance the appearance of the neighborhood while making contact with the average person on the street
Deskey created elegant spaces and hired specialists to make murals, sculptures and draperies and to combine precious marble and gold foil with the then fashionable facets of bakelite, aluminum and cork. As the New York Tribune put it the morning after the first show of the theater: & # 39; The least important item (…) was the show itself. The new Music Hall is said to need no performers; that its beauty and comfort alone are sufficient to satisfy the greediest of playgoers & # 39;
The Madison Square Garden Company invested in a complete restoration of Radio City Music Hall in 1999, giving the theater its original grandeur
Space Needle, Seattle
Built in Seattle for the 1962 World Exhibition, the futuristic design of the Space Needle was inspired by the idea that the stock market needed a structure to symbolize the aspirations of humanity's space travel time. It stands at 605 feet long and is one of the most photographed structures in the world. The monument recently had a 21st century makeover, with workers slaving 600 feet in the air to add a new steel staircase and 176 tons of glass – including & # 39; the world's only rotating glass floor – to the & # 39; Cloud City & # 39; on top of the needle. The half-height walls of the observation deck gave way to 11ft-high glass panels with glass benches, which contributes to the feeling that visitors are unlikely to float above nothing but air
New places to eat have also been added to the Space Needle, including a glass-floored restaurant, where diners try to keep their food down while yawning to the ground far below them – the equivalent distance of two landscaped fields is ending
Willis Tower, Chicago
Perhaps even better known as the Sears Tower, 25 years after its completion in 1973, Willis Tower was the tallest building in the world. As such, new approaches were needed to keep it stable in the famous Chicago winds. There are nine giant square tubes connected to the core of the building (a & # 39; bundled tube & # 39; system), each of which reinforces the power of the others. But their height varies individually to disturb the wind. The building offers an astonishing surface area of three million square meters
The merchandising unit of the Sears company originally used the huge floor plans of lower levels, while the smaller footprints of the higher levels were designed to maximize window covering, resulting in the desired office space for prestige tenants
The Willis Tower was designed by Bruce J. Graham and it took three years to build. It has 110 floors and is 1450ft long. It is still the tallest building in Chicago
Trinity Church, Boston
Designed by Henry Hobson Richardson in Richardson's Romanesque style, the Trinity Church in Boston is considered the birthplace of this type of architecture. The church has a clay roof, arches, rough stones and towers. Richardson's Romanesque style has since been used in many other buildings in the United States
Trinity Church brought a sense of historical and literal gravity to America & # 39; s unshakable eclectic 19th-century architectural landscape when it was completed in 1877. The heavy, medieval-inspired stones and dramatic arches certainly add a bold, proto-gothic feel of outside but a more sensitive feel is achieved indoors by Richardson's use of stained glass windows, colorful mosaics and murals by John LaFarge
The church is supported by more than 4,000 wooden poles, added to keep the building stable because it was built on a real water bay that was drained and filled with gravel in the late 1800s
New York City Subway
The New York City subway opened in 1904 and is one of & # 39; the world's oldest public transportation systems, one of & # 39; the world's most used metro systems, and the metro system with the most stations. It offers services 24 hours a day, every day of the year, although some routes can only work part-time. This image shows the rock cliff and subway lines around New Jersey, Manhattan, The Bronx and Brooklyn
These 100-year-old tunnels saw their most dramatic moments during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 when more than 50 million liters of water flowed through the tunnels of the East River, causing more than a billion dollars in damage. It could be worse. Closing the North River Tunnels for repairs would have caused a major economic crisis
The New York City Subway is owned by the city of New York and is leased to the New York Transit Authority, a subsidiary of the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
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