Golden Gate Bridge named one of favorite U.S. structures 

San Francisco’s famous international-orange Golden Gate Bridge — the second-longest suspension span in the world — is also, according to a survey released Wednesday, one of America’s favorite structures.

The public poll, conducted by the American Institute of Architects, ranks the majestic bridge as the fifth favorite piece of American architecture. The 70-year-old bridge, which connects The City to Marin County, is one of 11 Northern California structures to make the institute’s national list of 150 favorite architectural pieces.

Other local landmarks on the list include Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel, ranked No. 26, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art at No. 29 and San Francisco City Hall, making the grade at No. 49.

Many of the other Northern California buildings are a blend of nostalgic favorites and recent marvels: Hearst Castle in San Simeon (No. 41), the Transamerica Pyramid (No. 61), the Fairmont hotel (No. 89), AT&T Park (No. 104), the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport (No. 121), the V.C. Morris Gift Shop on Maiden Lane by Frank Lloyd Wright (No. 126), and the Hyatt Regency hotel at Embarcadero Center (No. 144).

Topping the institutes’ list was the Empire State Building as the official favorite, followed by the White House, the Washington National Cathedral and the Jefferson Memorial. Even the collapsed World Trade Center towers linger in the minds of many, ranking No. 19.

The list was compiled through a random sampling of AIA architects, each noting their 20 favorite buildings. The 248 structures that each got more than six mentions were then shown online to 1,804 adults from the general public. The individuals were selected at random by Harris Interactive, a major market research firm.

A number of Bay Area buildings that didn’t make the cut but were nominated by architects include Marin Civic Center, the Oakland Museum of California, and the new M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in Golden Gate Park.

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