In 1885, the trade journal American Architect & Building News polled architects to determine the best buildings in the United States. Here is what they found:
- H.H. Richardson: Trinity Church, Boston, 1872-77.
- Various architects: The U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.
- Richard Morris Hunt: Vanderbilt House, New York City,
- Richard Upjohn: Trinity Church, New York City, 1846.
- Frederick Withers & Calvert Vaux: the Jefferson Market Courthouse, New York City, 1875-77.
- Richard Upjohn: Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford, 1873-79.
- H.H. Richardson: City Hall, Albany, New York, 1880-83.
- H.H. Richardson: Sever Hall, Harvard University, 1878-80.
- H.H. Richardson: New York State Capitol, Albany, (Richardson was one of four architects), 1875-86.
- H.H. Richardson: Town Hall, North Easton, MA, 1879-1881
H. H. Richardson held five of the top ten spots in 1885. He holds six of the top hundred spots in the current survey. Richard Upjohn (founding president of the American Institute of Architects) had two buildings in the top ten in 1885. He has no buildings in today's survey.