PBS lists Top Ten Buildings that Changed America

Vanna Venturi House / Robert Venturi © Maria Buszek

PBS has released their selections of the top ten buildings that have changed the way Americans live, work and play. From Thomas Jefferson’s 224-year-0ld Virginia State Capitol to Robert Ventui’s postmodern masterpiece the Vanna Venturi House, each building on the list will be featured in a new TV and web production coming to in 2013. Continue after the break to view the top ten influential buildings and let us know your thoughts!

1) Virginia State Capitol / Thomas Jefferson (1788)
Richmond, Virginia

Virginia State Capitol / Thomas Jefferson © Steve Tatum

2) Trinity Church / H.H. Richardson (1877)
Boston, Massachusetts

Trinity Church / H.H. Richardson © Joshua_d

3) Wainwright Building / Louis Sullivan (1891)
St. Louis, Missouri

Wainwright Building / Louis Sullivan © University of Missouri

4) Robie House / Frank Lloyd Wright (1910)
Chicago, Illinois

Robie House / Frank Lloyd Wright © Nat Hansen

5) Highland Park Ford Plant / Albert Kahn (1910)
Highland Park, Michigan

Highland Park Ford Plant / Albert Kahn © Andrew Jameson via Wikipedia

6) Southdale Center / Victor Gruen (1956)
Edina, Minnesota

Southdale Center / Victor Gruen © Bobak Ha'Eri via Wikipedia

7) Seagram Building / Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1958)
New York, New York

Seagram Building / Ludwig © Robert Ostmann

8) Dulles International Airport / Eero Saarinen (1963)
Chantilly, Virginia

Dulles International Airport / Eero Saarinen © MWAA

9) Vanna Venturi House / Robert Venturi (1964)
Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania

Vanna Venturi House / Robert Venturi © Maria Buszek

10) Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry (2003)
Los Angeles, California

Walt Disney Concert Hall / Frank Gehry © Carol M. Highsmith via Wikipedia

What buildings would make your list?

Reference: PBS wttw11
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Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "PBS lists Top Ten Buildings that Changed America" 12 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=233659>
  • Latin

    Wich America? North? South? Central? or only US?

  • Guilherme Pinho

    Wrong!!

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  • der Bob

    Monadnock Building, Chicago, Illinois – Burnham and Root
    S.C. Johnson and Son Administration Building and Research Tower, Racine WI – Frank Lloyd Wright
    Dymaxion House – R. Buckmister Fuller
    S. R. Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL– Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
    Case Study House No. 8, Los Angeles, CA – Charles and Ray Eames
    Levitt Town Housing, Levitt Town, NY – William Levitt
    The Gateway Arch, St. Louis, MO – Eero Saarinen
    The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA – Louis I. Kahn
    Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas – Donald Judd
    Sony Building, formerly the AT&T Building , Philip Johnson and John Burgee
    Roden Crater Celestial Observatory, near Flagstaff, AZ – James Turrell

  • chopsuey

    balloonframe house / suburbs
    trailer / trailerpark