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Most Creative Parking Structures Across the United States

Most Creative Parking Structures Across the United States

Across America, there are countless architectural sights to see. From the Empire State Building in New York to Cloud Gate in Chicago, it is incredible to see the feats of human engineering. However, one facet of architecture that often gets overlooked is one of the most useful: parking garages. In an era booming with incredible advances in parking garage technology, it’s a good idea to look at some of the most creative parking structures across the United States.

The Sinking Ship in Seattle, Washington

If you are a fan of unique perspectives, Seattle’s Sinking Ship is for you. Nestled at the bottom of a steep hill on James Street, the Sinking Ship uses acute angles to give passersby the impression of the bough of a ship jutting up from the water. And like most tales of sinking ships, stories exist of ghosts haunting the walls of this structure.

1111 Lincoln Road in Miami, Florida

Apart from its positively delightful address, this unique structure stands out for its form and function. No walls are blocking off the levels, so parking your car here provides views of the Miami skyline or the Atlantic Ocean. The entire structure has differing heights of its ceilings between floors, and the architecture may remind you of something straight out of The Jetsons.

Michigan Theatre in Detroit, Michigan

The city of Detroit has some marvelous architecture. Sadly, when a business doesn’t last, a bit of repurposing is in order. The Michigan Theatre is a gorgeous building comprised of arched walls and intricate patterns. Knowing this parking structure was once home to operas and symphonies gives patrons an indescribable feeling. You might feel sad as you park your Honda Civic inside its illustrious halls but be glad it still stands as a piece of history.

City View Garage in Miami, Florida

We head back to Florida for another of the most creative parking structures across the United States. The City View Garage creates a fantastic cross-breeze through its unique visual design. Lining the outside walls is a large metal screen adorned with open diamond patterns that prevent the structure from getting too stuffy on a hot summer day. From the inside or outside, the City View Garage is a sight to behold, especially when those patterns light up at night.

Greenway Self Park in Chicago, Illinois

Look no further than the Greenway Self Park if you are looking for a parking structure that actively helps the environment. Onlookers will quickly note the structure’s bright yellow panels and unique-looking wind turbines. The Greenway Self Park takes advantage of Chicago’s moniker “The Windy City” to harvest gusts of wind and create power for the local energy grid. The garage also collects rainwater and features plugins for electric vehicles.

Traveling and seeing new things is always an exciting venture. America is a land full of amazing sights and nods to our cultural history, and it is good to know that you can start experiencing such beauty and significance from the moment you park your car.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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