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Irwin Belk Complex at Johnson C. Smith

500 N. Summit Ave., NC
Category: Recreation
Award: Skyline View in 2018
Year Won: 2018
Pick: Editor's Pick

Stand next to the statue of the bull that overlooks the university’s football field, and look toward uptown. The skyscrapers appear to be growing from the opposite end zone. There’s something overwhelming about being on this historic campus, which was built 150 years ago by newly freed blacks to give educational opportunities to young people who didn’t have them, and gazing out at the jagged outline of commerce and progress.