Outrageous Architecture Week: Giant Copycats

This post is dedicated to buildings designed to look like everyday objects.

Teapot Gas Station, Zilla Washington:

The teapot was built as a reminder of the Teapot Dome Scandal, which rocked the presidency of Warren G. Harding and sent Interior Secretary Albert Fall to prison for his role in leasing government oil reserves.

Kansas City Library, Missouri:
If there’s one thing I like better than books, it’s thousands of books encased in giant books.

The Basket Building, Ohio:
I adore the thought of humans running around in this building like hordes of invasive picnic basket ants.

The Atomium, Brussels, Belgium:
Built as a monument to the atomic age for the 1958 Brussels World Fair, the nine steel spheres connect in the shape of an iron crystal unit cell magnified 165 billion times.

Explore the building and exhibits on the flickr site.
Wiki entry

Mammy’s Cupboard, Natchez, Mississippi:
Mammy’s Cupboard opened in 1940 Mississippi, and has endured cycles of decay and reconstruction. Each restoration became increasingly politically correct (mid-20th century Mississippi was not exactly known for racial tolerance and diversity).

And of course, I must include the Big Duck in Flanders, Long Island (right in my county), which will soon undergo its annual holiday “lighting:”
In 1931, Riverhead duck farmer Martin Maurer built this 20-ft. tall, 30-ft long structure. He used tail lights from a Model T Ford for the eyes, which glowed red at night (which I imagine must have had a sinister air). Maurer sold ducks and eggs from the shop in its belly. Now it serves as a souvenir shop.

Lucy the Elephant, Magrate City, New Jersey:
You’d look as stunned and uncomfortable as Lucy here if millions of people had toured your innards since 1881. This poor girl has been used as a real estate office, as a summer home, even briefly as a tavern, until unruly drunks nearly burned her down.


6 Responses to “Outrageous Architecture Week: Giant Copycats”

  1. Wow… these are pretty cool. That library in Kansas City is to die for! I wish I knew this was there when I travelled to KC back in 2000.

    And that Picnic Basket office space is so cool too. How oddly placed it must be in Ohio. What do they sell from those offices anyway? Hmmm….

    I want to live in the Atomium! And slide from one molecule to the next.

    Finally, the Big Duck of Long Island! Glad I got to see it up close but what did I say before on your ‘Chicken Car’ post about people’s fascination with fowl? LOL πŸ˜‰

  2. I was a carpenter previous to my carrier as a prophet! : Ministry
    Psalm: 69
    Check out Antonio Gaudi he might interest you!

  3. Ah, you found Lucy! Lucy My ex kept on not-so-subtly-hinting that we should get married inside of her. My problem wasn’t Lucy – it was him πŸ™‚

    I will look around, but somewhere I saved an article in Architecture magazine from the ’70’s where someone built a play house for their kids shaped like a big chicken. Pretty cool!

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