Public television station WTTW Chicago 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 10 influential American buildings that changed the way people live, work, and play.
These ten buildings were selected in consultation with a panel of historians and architects from across the country:
Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA
Trinity Church, Boston, MA
Wainwright Building, St. Louis, MO
Robie House, Chicago, IL
Highland Park Ford Plant, Highland Park, MI
Southdale Center Mall, Edina, MN
Seagram Building, New York, NY
Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, VA
Vanna Venturi House, Chestnut Hill, PA
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 some of the nation's most esteemed architects and historians.
"10 Buildings that Changed America" is hosted by Geoffrey Baer, an Emmy Award-winning producer and program host. 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 critically acclaimed television programs for WTTW for more than a decade.
Also currently in production is a companion website packed with additional content atwttw.com/10buildings.
"10 Buildings that Changed America" is produced in partnership with the Society of Architectural Historians. Leadership funding for "10 Buildings that Changed America" is provided by The Negaunee Foundation, ITW, and Robert & Joan Clifford. Generous support is also provided by the Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation, Rande & Cary McMillan, and Richard & Mary L. Gray.