Buildings in SimCity 4 borrow heavily from early 20th century architectural styles, especially Art Deco and Romanesque Revival, while houses can appear in a traditional American Craftsman style. However, there is an additional, more modern style like the architectural style of Houston, and a design that's based on the skyline of Frankfurt, Germany. The construction of new buildings on areas is currently animated. There are numerous buildings based on those found in San Francisco, such as the Shell Building ,450 Sutter Street , and the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Building also called 140 New Montgomery Street . The May Company store in Los Angeles LACMA West, also appears as 'Dennis Department Store.' The game also includes landmarks such as the Empire State Building from nyc, from cities.
On September 22, 2003, Maxis released an expansion pack for SimCity 4 dubbed Rush Hour. The expansion pack enhances the assortment of transportation facilities available to the player, such as being able to build four lane avenues and elevated rail networks, in addition to allowing them to trace traffic flow, while also allowing them to build larger civic centers; some such centers have greater capacities, but all have improved maintenance costs. Additional features with the expansion also included the ability to control vehicles, take on assignments that may unlock reward buildings much faster, affect their rating with the town and sometimes acquire a cash bonus, and introduced the ability to change between four architectural styles three of these focus on architectural styles of American cities of differing eras, while the fourth introduces a new assortment of contemporary European-inspired architecture.
New landmarks, including Rockefeller Center, the Brandenburg Gate, and Stonehenge were made available online. Afterwards, landmarks were primarily used to demonstrate the capability of Gmax along with the Building Architect Tool around the time of the BAT's release.