These structures have survived the harshest winters and scorching summers, flooding and lightning strikes, making their histories undeniably interesting.
The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, second oldest cathedral in the Americas, was originally built in 1521. The wooden structure was destroyed by a hurricane in 1526 and destroyed again in 1539. Bautista was rebuilt out of stone in 1540, but another hurricane damaged the elegant building in 1615, says Wonder Mondo. Despite multiple devastating hurricanes, the restored cathedral stands tall in defiance. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Roger (roger4336)
The Fairbanks House takes the title as the oldest surviving timber-frame home in North America, per tree ring dating. The home was built between 1637 and 1641 by Jonathan Fairbanke, a Puritan settler. The home is in superb condition despite its age, weathering severe winter storms, floods and other devices of nature. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Magicpiano)
Charleston’s iconic Pink House was built in the mid-1690s and is known as the longest-standing tavern in the South, says The Pink House Gallery. The home was constructed with ‘Bermuda stone,’ a soft material that is soft and easy to cut but hardens in the elements. The impressive little house showcased its strength when the 1886 Charleston Earthquake hit, damaging several brick buildings surrounding it. The building also survived Hurricane Hugo’s wrath in 1989. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Brian Stansberry)
Taos Pueblo, built over a thousand years ago, is STILL inhabited and received the honors of being both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic Landmark. The adobe structure has stood firmly in the face of fires, floods and heavy snow. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Ron Cogswell)
Construction of the regal Castillo San Felipe del Morro began in 1529 and was not completed until 1787, according to the National Park Service. The fort was damaged by the 1787 Boricua earthquake, estimated to be between 8.0-8.5 magnitude, and sustained damage to walls, guardhouses and cisterns. It is a popular attraction today and stands like a gem over San Juan Bay. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Breezy Baldwin (breezy421))
Paul Revere’s home is like a time capsule nestled amidst the bustling streets of Boston and is the city’s oldest building. The home survived many brutal winters, including 2015’s string of relentless winter storms, an everlasting symbol of the United States’ road to independence. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Teemu008)
Santa Fe’s Palace of the Governors is a 400-year-old adobe structure built as a governmental seat by the Spanish in the early 17th century. The building’s cement stucco walls are crumbling, having withstood heat soaring into the 100s, wildfires, floods and intense thunderstorms. However, a project to restore the building has commenced, and the walls will be replaced with breathable lime stucco, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. (Photo Credit: Robert Wilson/Boonlong1)
The Cliff Palace of Mesa Verde National Park was constructed in the 1190s by ancestral Puebloans known as the Anasazi. The walls were once decorated with bright earthen plasters, but years of wind and moisture eroded them away, says the National Park Service. The area witnessed the coldest winters and hottest summers, experiencing sporadic droughts. Yet even after the residents were long gone, the stunning sandstone structure still stands strong in its shadowy abode.
The Jethro Coffin House is a historical gem as it is the last of Nantucket’s original 17th-century settlement, says the Nantucket Historical Association. The home was struck by lightning in 1987 but was carefully restored, unhindered by the accident and just as beautiful as before. (Photo Credit: Library of Congress)
The C.A. Nothnagle Log House has surprisingly avoided any major damage due to nature since its construction between 1638 and 1643. It is the oldest log cabin in the United States and was part of the New Sweden colony. Gibbstown is in the southwest climate zone of New Jersey and experiences some of the state’s highest average daily temperatures and nighttime temperatures, says Rutgers University. This likely contibutes to the breakage of the clay that holds the logs together, however, a good samaritan and his wife constantly replace the clay to ensure the cabin continues to stand strong. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Smallbones)
Sandy Hook Lighthouse was built in 1764 and stands as a beacon to incoming ships, spreading it’s soft glow across the bay. In June of 1766, the lighthouse sustained damage after being struck by lightning, according to Lighthousefriends.com. Shore erosion continuously moves the lighthouse further from Sandy Hook’s tip; once just 500 feet away, it now lies over a mile and a half away. However, shore erosion is not deemed a threat to the beautiful lighthouse. Sandy Hook is the oldest operating lightouse in the U.S. (Photo Credit: Flickr/ Jussi (Nesster))
The foundation for the famous Alamo was laid in 1744, just 20 years after it was established near present-day San Antonio, says the mission’s official site. The stone mission withstood years of brutal winters, thunderstorms and blazing heat, among other severe weather phenomena. The Alamo still stands proudly, a testament to its rich and colorful history. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Eric (Eric Borja))