This Valentine’s Day, take a tour of some of the world’s most beautiful landmarks.
Whether you’re spoiling your significant other, participating in Secret Cupid, or ignoring Valentine’s Day entirely, February 14 is an annual reminder to reflect on romance.
At PlanGrid, we’re honored to help hard-working people build the places in which we live, eat, sleep, heal, and learn — and, of course, builders love to build — so it’s no surprise that we’d want to take a moment to appreciate some of the world’s most romantic structures.
From the classic Eiffel Tower to a stunning Chicago wedding venue, let’s explore our favorite buildings with heart.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
“Can I take you out?”
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, United States)
An ideal place for a first date adventure, Bay Area lovebirds have flocked to this iconic gallery since its establishment in 1935. The first modern art museum to open on the west coast of the United States, SF MoMA continues to delight over 650,000 visitors every year. In 2013, SF MoMA closed its doors for extensive renovations, re-opening to the public in May 2016. Webcor used PlanGrid during renovations.
Year established: 1935 (renovated 2013–2016)
Designer: Mario Botta (original), Snøhetta (renovations)
Fun fact: SF MoMA was housed on the fourth floor of the War Memorial Veterans Building until the Mario Botta-designed building was opened to the public in 1995
“Meet me on the observation deck…”
Empire State Building (New York City, United States)
The Empire State Building is an Art Deco masterpiece, a defining part of New York City’s skyline, and the 5th tallest completed skyscraper in the US — as well as the location for over 250 movie and television scenes, including (of course) Sleepless in Seattle. Taking only 410 days to build, this beautiful behemoth plays host to countless romantic encounters and marriage proposals.
Year completed: 1931
Height: 443 meters/1,454 feet
Designer: William F. Lamb
Fun fact: After renovations in 2010, the Empire State Building became the tallest LEED-certified building in the US
“Will you be mine?”
The Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
Think of romantic places, and chances are that Paris, France will come to mind — even if you’ve never been there. The Eiffel Tower is synonymous with romance, having been depicted in countless films and television shows as the architectural representation of passionate love. (We’re willing to bet you know someone that got engaged there.) Ah, l’amour!
Year built: 1887–1889
Height: 324 meters/1,063 feet
Designer: Gustave Eiffel
Fun fact: The Eiffel Tower is the world’s most frequently visited paid monument
“Yes, I do. Forever.”
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (Chicago, United States)
Founded in the 1890’s as a men’s club, the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel has since been transformed into a boutique hotel, without losing its dramatic Venetian Gothic charm. Boasting incredible craftsmanship, stunning views, and a deep history, this hotel has become the city’s hottest wedding location — it’s even been listed as one of Brides.com’s top wedding venues of 2017. RG Construction used PlanGrid during renovations.
Year completed: 1893
Year re-opened: 2016
Designer: Henry Ives Cobb
Fun fact: Members of the old Club included Marshall Field, Cyrus McCormick, William “Pudge” Heffelfinger, and William Wrigley
“Let’s explore the world together.”
The Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
A romantic mausoleum? It sure is: Shah Jahan commissioned the tomb in 1631 for his late Persian wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Described eloquently as “the teardrop on the cheek of time” by Nobel laureate and polymath Rabindranath Tagore, the Taj Mahal continues to enchant and delight romantics around the world — more than 7 million people visit it every year.
Year completed: 1643
Height: 73 meters/240 feet
Designer: Ustad Ahmad, Shah Jahan, possibly others
Fun fact: Some reports indicate that building materials were transported to the site by over 1,000 elephants
Author: Erica-Lee Lick