great buildings on tv

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Public television station WTTW Chicago is at work on a program about "ten influential American buildings that changed the way we live, work, and play."

These 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 some of the nation's most esteemed architects and historians.

I like that the list includes a manufacturing plant and a shopping center, two categories of building we don't often think of as architecturally significant. The show will air nationally on PBS stations next year. I wish it were sooner. --b.d.s.



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