The Haines Shoe House in Pennsylvania was built by Mahlon Haines in 1948. Haines was a shoe salesman. He started his career with a consignment of $127 worth of shoes, and built a 40 store empire from it, selling shoes in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The house was originally used as a guesthouse for elderly couples and honeymooners.
These interesting UFO-like buildings were built in 1978 as part of a project to create a holiday resort. Unfortunately, the resort was never finished and the buildings have been abandoned since the 1980s. Because of their unusual and eerie appearance, the structures are now a popular tourist attraction in their own right.
The Hole House in Texas is a work of art created by Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. The pair turned two derelict houses into an “inversion”, using boards from the outside of the houses to create a vortex, which led through to an adjacent cortex. Unfortunately, this artwork was a temporary installation and the buildings were torn down in 2005.
Container City is, as the name suggests, complex made out of shipping containers. The containers are stacked four stories high to make affordable living spaces and arts work-spaces. The space in Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, is one of the more high profile projects that the Container City company has worked on, but there are similar communities in other parts of the country.
The Luxor hotel and casino in Las Vegas is a 120,000 square foot, 30 storey hotel owned by MGM resorts. The casino is the 8th largest hotel in the world. The building was designed by Veldon Simpson, with the interior work done by Charles Silverman. The building looks like an Egyptian pyramid. The main part of the building is 30 storeys tall, and is encased in 11 acres of bronze glass.
The Pickle Barrel Museum is made of two huge barrels. The museum was originally a made to be a summer cottage for Mary and William Donahey. The cottage was recently restored, and is now used as a museum.
The Gherkin Building at 30 St Mary Axe, London, stands on the site of the former Baltic Exchange. The building, which was originally built for Swiss Re, is 180 metres tall, making it the second tallest structure in the City of London.
Ripley’s Believe it Or Not museum in Ontario, Canada is an unusual house full of unusual exhibits. The building itself looks like it shouldn’t even be standing upright, with strange angles and parts “hanging off” as if the building has been ripped in two. Inside, you’ll fund hundreds of oddities, curiosities and unbelieveable illusions. In addition to the Believe It or Not museum, there are other Ripley attractions, including a waxworks, in the Niagra area.
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Amy had a passion for strange fascinating buildings and often spends her time visiting these creations. When she’s not visiting buildings she works for Automatic Access, who specialise in sliding doors.
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