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 PBS 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 / (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 / (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 Mies van der Rohe © 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 22 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