Strange Buildings......



America has its share of strange or unusual buildings.
 The one above is the Binocular building.
It is located on Main Street in Venice, CA, and is
 home to the Chiat / Day / Mojo Advertising Agency.
It was built in 1991.


Let's peek through the binoculars and see
what others we can find. 




Something alien has made its home on Signal Mountain
in Tennessee. Truckers and travelers encounter the
 out of this world sight as they wind their way up US 27.
A large saucer structure, propped up on four legs and
standing a story off the ground, offers all the
conveniences of modern living to its starry eyed owners. 





This building is home to the Bondurant Pharmacy.
It was built in 1975 and is located in Lexington, KY. 




You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice
cream!  Anyone wanting an ice cream cone in Perry,
 MI, shouldn't have a bit of trouble finding this building.





Margate City, NJ (close to Atlantic City) is home
 to Lucy the elephant.
Lucy is the world's largest elephant and the only
one to be designated a National Historic Landmark.
James V. Lafferty built Lucy in 1881. She
stands 6 stories high and weighs 90 tons!
She served as a hotel and then a tavern.
Today visitors can tour Lucy's innards and visit
 her gift shop.




We all know North Carolina is famous for
 the manufacturing of fine furniture.
This building is located in High Point, NC, and
 was built in the 1920's. It now serves as offices
for the High Point Jaycees. By the way, the
sock hanging out of the drawer is six ft. long.





Anyone for a picnic?
This huge basket building in Licking County,
OH, is home to the offices of Longaberger
 Basket Company.





The building in Point Pleasant, WV, is not so unusual
 but, the owners wanted windows and trees.
 What to do? Just paint them on.





 The Duck House.
It was built in 1931 by duck farmer Martin Mauer and
his wife, Jeuel in hopes of promoting the sale of their
 Peking ducks.The duck farm is long gone and land
developers wanted to build homes on the site. So
the Duck House was moved to Suffolk County, NY.





Frank Redford built his wigwam gas station / restaurant
and the Wigwam Village Motel in the 1930's in Horse
 Cave, KY. He later built five more Wigwam Villages
 across the country but the one in Horse Cave is
the only one remaining.

 



Shoe magnate Mahlon Haines built the Shoe House in
 Hallam, PA in 1948.
He lent it free of charge to honeymooners.
The current owners now conduct tours of its
three surprisingly lovely bedrooms, and operate a
home-made-ice-cream parlor.





Originally intended to lure visitors to a proposed housing 
development called Neptune Gardens, this replica of
the 
Santa Maria
has been "docked" in its current location
 since 1928. 
It has served as office space, an apartment
and a gift shop. 
For the past two decades, it has been a
book and curio shop.





People driving by often do a double take when they spot Wonderworks.

This three-story tall, classically-designed building appears
to have landed, upside down, atop a 1930s era brick
 warehouse. Inside await a myriad of fun things to do
 for the entire family. Next time you're in Orlando, FL,
stop by. I promise you won't have to stand on your
head to enjoy it.