The Merritt Parkway, Connecticut
Weaving through the woods of southern Connecticut, the Merritt Parkway (seen in Westport, Connecticut, in 2003) was one of the first regional highways to be built in the United States.
The parkway is adorned with 68 bridges representing various styles--including art deco and French Renaissance. Those bridges may be at risk due to ongoing improvements to the parkway, one of the reasons it has been included on the WMF's 2010 World Monuments Watch List.
The "wholly American" concept of the parkway intrigued the WMF panelists, who "said that's something that the U.S. pioneered--the idea of ribbons of highway going through green fields and woods, allowing people to escape the cities but also get into the cities," Avrami said.
"It really kind of created a whole new era of living in the 20th century."
Photograph by Douglas Healey, AP