If you’ve read this blog for more than a week, then you know I am fascinated with architecture. So this new PBS offering “10 Buildings That Changed America” has me intrigued. Luckily, PBS sent me a preview copy, and I can highly recommend it.
Some of the buildings they’ve chosen are surprising, and might not be the ones I’d have chosen. First up is the Thomas Jefferson-designed capitol building in Richmond, Virginia. This wasn’t an obvious choice. That would have been either Monticello or the University of Virginia’s main campus. The building was modeled on a classical temple and was a huge departure from English architecture of the day.
Another surprising pick was the Ford Plant, now derelict, in Highland Park, Michigan. The space had to have the room for an assembly line,
and this Albert Kahn-designed building, filled with light and air, was the model for thousands of other buildings just like it. I am sure you’ve seen one or two.
Of course, there had to be a Frank Lloyd Wright house on this list, and the one they chose was the Robie house outside of Chicago. The flat roof and long low look was a huge departure from the Victorian houses of the period.
To see the rest of the buildings, or to watch the show, check your local PBS listings.