There are 1133 items filed under architectural oddities.

Possibly our broadest category, it includes among other things: Eccentric and unusual homes, mazes, bizarre ruins, amazing outsider architecture and other strange buildings built by non-architects, the architectural follies of Princes and millionaires, gorgeous and unusual libraries, building and bridges grown from living trees, secret passageways, secret lairs, caves, caverns and buried treasure hordes. Basically any building, structure, house, church, tunnel, that stops you in your tracks because it is unusual looking, has a bizarre back story, or curious method of creation belongs in architectural oddities. From ancient and mysterious ruins in South America to a Buddhist temple made of beer bottles, to a beautiful solar tower in Spain they all fall under the category of architectural oddities.

Chester, West Virginia

World's Largest Teapot

First a root beer ad, then a golf course clubhouse, and finally a massive teapot
30 Sep 2015
Kewanee, Illinois

Woodland Palace

The dream home of an iconoclastic renaissance man still stands as a monument to his domestically mundane vision
29 Sep 2015
Washington, District of Columbia

The Brewmaster's Castle

This grand gothic brewery has been pumping out suds for over a hundred years
24 Sep 2015
Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy

Civita di Bagnoregio

This quaint Italian town keeps losing ground as the sides of its plateau slowly erode
22 Sep 2015
Helsingfors, Finland

Kamppi Chapel

An alien church provides much needed silence in the midst of a Finland shopping center
18 Sep 2015
Sana'a, Yemen

Dar al-Hajar

Yemen's "Stone Palace" looks like it was carved right out of the tall stone column on which it is built
14 Sep 2015
New York, New York

33 Thomas Street

An uber-secure, windowless skyscraper of doom located in the center of Manhattan
01 Sep 2015
Saint Gallen, Switzerland

Abbey Library of Saint Gall

This is not only one of the oldest collections in Europe, but also possibly the most beautiful
28 Aug 2015
Whitehorse, Canada

Log Skyscrapers of Whitehorse

When the big city meets the edge of the frontier, log skyscrapers are born
19 Aug 2015
Toronto, Canada

Toronto's Half House

Willy Wonka would love this weird half-a-home
18 Aug 2015
Golden, Colorado

Sculptured House

This iconic science fiction house still looks like something from the future even if it hasn't been in movies since the 70s
17 Aug 2015
Conwy, Wales

Quay House, The Smallest House in Great Britain

A former fisherman's hut deemed too small for habitation is now a delightful tourist draw
12 Aug 2015
Cincinnati, Ohio

The Cincinnati Mushroom House

What is it about mushrooms that makes people wish they lived inside of them?
12 Aug 2015
Zillah, Washington

Teapot Dome Service Station

Perhaps the world's only gas station inspired by a political scandal
10 Aug 2015
Los Angeles, California

Egasse-Braasch House

The house where Good Will Hunting was written is a surreal fairytale abode
07 Aug 2015
Caledonia, Michigan

Steelcase Pyramid

This lonely modern pyramid has gone from corporate think tank to deserted boondoggle
06 Aug 2015
Magelang Tengah, Indonesia

Gereja Ayam, the Abandoned Chicken Church

This massive abandoned chapel in the middle of the Indonesian forest is both haunting and fowl
31 Jul 2015
Wellesley Island, New York

Just Room Enough Island

This tiny little island has, as the name says, just enough room for its single house
28 Jul 2015
Leiden, Netherlands

Gebouw Leidsch Dagblad Elephant Drainpipe

This historic Dutch newspaper building is covered with media-themed details—and one unrelated oddity.
27 Jul 2015
Hidd, Bahrain

Arad Fort

This beautifully historic Bahrain fortress might not be the most popular attraction around, but that might make it all the better
22 Jul 2015
Canterbury, England

Crooked House

This skewed English house has looked like its going to fall over for centuries
21 Jul 2015
Manningtree, England

A House for Essex

This surreal art house looks like a geometric nightmare version of a small chapel
20 Jul 2015
Santa Fe, New Mexico

De Vargas Street House

This southwest-styled home in Santa Fe claims to be the oldest house in America thanks to an ancient bit of foundation
17 Jul 2015
Hartford, Connecticut

A. Everett Austin Facade House

This stunning Connecticut mansion is actually just a one-room-deep hoax
16 Jul 2015
Congleton, England

Little Moreton Hall

This askew 16th-century Tudor manor still stands despite almost nothing but leaning angles and sagging supports
07 Jul 2015
Limburg, Belgium

Reading Between The Lines

Part modern art project, part traditional chapel, this see-through church is only substantial from the right angle
06 Jul 2015
Kazan', Russia

Temple of All Religions

This Russian religious complex is a Frankenstein's chapel that includes influence from almost all the major faiths
06 Jul 2015
São Sebastião, Brazil

Viaduct Petrobras

An abandoned stretch of elevated road in the middle of the Brazilian jungle
29 Jun 2015
Plano, Illinois

The Farnsworth House

Tour the luxe "glass cage" that inspired and unnerved the architecture world upon its debut
11 Jun 2015

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