The best 3D models of all time

With Google beginning to phase out the older 3D models and no longer adding new models to Google Earth from the 3D Warehouse, I thought it would be a good time to look at some of the best 3D models that we’ve ever seen.


Frank first showed off some 3D models more than eight years ago, and we’ve seen some amazing ones since then.  Here are some of the best:

Allen Fieldhouse
Cowboys Stadium
Don Valley Stadium
Old Trafford Stadium

Church of St. Martin
Church of the Nativity of Our Lady
Dar Bishi Synagogue

Galway Cathedral

Limburg Monastery
Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Bowling Green University
Duke University
Northeastern University
Terbuka University

University of Alberta
University of Cantabria
University of Central Florida
University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley

Edificio Navis
Evansville Central Library
Harrisburg Capitol Complex
Menai Bridge
MLK National Memorial
Mount Rushmore
New York’s 9/11 Memorial
Walbridge Barn

What are some of the models that impressed you the most?

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. I am impressed with the models of chi-ko.

    His collection of traditional Japanese architecture makes a particularly useful adjunct to many of the important Japanese temples. With his permission, I am making some of them downloadable from my GEC placemarks. (See my Overlay Maps of Japan’s 8th Century Capitals > Heijō Kyō > The 7 Great Temples of Nara > Tōdaiji, Kōfukuji, and Yakushiji for examples of what I have done so far.

    I suppose these models will be in the 3D Buildings Layer for some time to come, and my effort to re-host them is merely to ensure that they are conveniently available once they have been removed from the Layer. I enjoy an extremely fast internet connection, so the download speed is acceptable. I’d appreciate feedback about the download speed from other counties.

    Screen Shot of Yakushiji

    Japanese Capitals post:

  2. Mine wasn’t exepted. It was too complex. Woo. Now I made it less complex and cannot add it to the layer anyway. This is annoying.

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