Which are the 10 Buildings that Changed America?

WTTW Chicago, a public television station, has announced its list of buildings to be featured in 10 Buildings that Changed America, a national TV special coming to PBS in 2013 about ten influential American buildings that changed the way people live, work, and play.

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The ten buildings were selected in consultation with a panel of historians and architects from across the country:

  1. Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA
  2. Trinity Church, Boston, MA
  3. Wainwright Building, St. Louis, MO
  4. Robie House, Chicago, IL
  5. Highland Park Ford Plant, Highland Park, MI
  6. Southdale Center Mall, Edina, MN
  7. Seagram Building , New York , NY
  8. Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, VA
  9. Vanna Venturi House, Chestnut Hill, PA
  10. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA

The program’s cast and crew are currently traveling coast-to-coast, capturing these influential works of American architecture and interviewing architects and historians.

10 Buildings that Changed America is hosted by Geoffrey Baer (pictured above), an Emmy Award-winning producer and program host.

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Best known for his feature-length specials about Chicago architecture and history, Baer has also hosted national public television documentaries profiling the architects Robert A.M. Stern and Michael Graves, as well as Saved from the Wrecking Ball, a half-hour program about the preservation of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House.

The program is written and produced by Dan Protess, who has been creating television programs for WTTW for more than a decade.

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Rakesh Raman