Historic Landmarks and Buildings

  • The Transamerica Pyramid

    The Transamerica Pyramid

    Maybe you think of Egypt when you think of buildings shaped like pyramids. But a more modern pyramid can be found in San Francisco. Fun Facts John R. Beckett, CEO of Transamerica, wanted a building that would not block light to the street. He hired architect William Pereira to design…


  • Japanese Internment

    Japanese Internment

    On February 19, 1942, little more than two months after the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entrance into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order # 9066, which called for Japanese American citizens living in the western states and Hawaii to be moved…


  • Lincoln Memorial

    Lincoln Memorial

    After Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, many people felt a memorial should be made in his honor. Getting it built took more than 50 years. Fun Facts The first memorial was built in 1868, three years after Lincoln’s death. Later, Clark Mills proposed a design for a larger memorial but it was…


  • The Fisher Building

    The Fisher Building

    The Fisher Building, designed by Albert Kahn, was completed in 1928. It’s often called “Detroit’s largest work of art” because of its art deco style, lavish interiors, and marble finishes. Fun Facts The Fisher Building sits in the New Center area of Detroit and rises 30 stories. Joseph National Finch,…


  • Griffith Observatory

    Griffith Observatory

    The Griffith Observatory sits in the hills above Los Angeles with a view of the ocean, Hollywood, and downtown L.A. When it opened in 1896, it was only the third planetarium in the country. Fun Facts The observatory is in Griffith Park, a 3,015 acre public park. It was commissioned…


  • Salt Lake City Temple

    Salt Lake City Temple

    During the early days of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, converts experienced intense religious persecution from many people. They fled west after the governor of Missouri issued an extermination order, their leader Joseph Smith was killed, and their temple in Nauvoo, Illinois was burnt by mobs.…


  • Mesa Verde National Park

    Mesa Verde National Park

    In the Four Corners region of southern Colorado lies Mesa Verde National Park, home to the cliff dwellings of an ancient people. Imagine a huge complex of rooms carved out of sandstone and glued together with adobe mortar. Fun Facts Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 by President…