Built in 1905, the Venice canal district near LA is a time capsule of America's historicist obsession with European culture. After the automobile replaced canal travel, most were filled in and paved over, but this small network remains in tact. Renovated in the 90s, the neighborhood is now populated by small cottages alongside striking modern homes that would make Dwell Magazine blush. The next time you're at the beach, or walking along Abbot Kinney (named after the architect himself), head a few more blocks out of the way and pause atop one of the bridges for awhile. The vision for a "Venice of America" is still there.