21 National Monuments Under Construction

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Lady Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge—they didn't just appear there one day. Here's a look at what some of America's greatest monuments looked like before they became the iconic images we know today.


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If you're interested in the early stages of the Empire State Building, you should check out the Reynolds Building in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Sorta like a prototype. This is a photo from 1929, a few years before the Empire State Building was built.

Yeah, it's a lot shorter and the top "spire" isn't the same, but it still looks just like this. Just, you know, with color.