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The year 1890 in architecture involved some significant events.
- February 3 - Ypsilanti Water Tower, Ypsilanti, Michigan, designed by William R. Coats, is completed; winner of Most Phallic Building contest (2003).
- March 4 - The Forth Bridge across the Firth of Forth from South Queensferry to North Queensferry in Scotland, designed by Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker, is opened.
- September 29 - St James's Roman Catholic Church, Spanish Place, Westminster, designed by Edward Goldie, is opened.
- Memorial Day - The James A. Garfield Memorial at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio, designed by George W. Keller, is dedicated.
- The Arcade in Cleveland, Ohio, designed by John Eisenmann.
- Edwin Lutyens' first commission, Crooksbury, a country house near Farnham, England, is completed.
- Construction of the village of Fortingall on Sir Donald Currie's Glenlyon Estate in Perthshire, Scotland, begins to "Arts and Crafts" vernacular designs by James MacLaren (died October 20).