Hosted by TV personality Geoffrey Baer, "10 Buildings That Changed America" promises to be a very interesting look at America's architectural footprint and their pioneering influence on building across the country. All of the buildings are highly individual, signature structures whose features have been replicated across America.
The one-hour show premieres on Sunday, May 12 at 9 p.m. in Spokane on KSPS TV. Don't forget that Sunday is also Mother's Day but at that hour we'll have all probably finished up with our Mother's Day celebrations.
I did some online research and discovered that the process behind the show was quite the dilemma. A panel of 16 architects and architectural historians were chosen according to the show's producer Dan Protess, who said none of the architects agreed with one another when asked which buildings they would say changed America.
Still, a list of 160 buildings was drafted and it contained no more than one work by any one architect and no more than one per city. In the end the winners included Eero Saarinen's midcentury wonder, Dulles Airport, Albert Kahn's Ford factory at Highland Park, the Robie House, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's earliest works as well as Victor Gruen's Southdale Center shopping mall and Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Opera Hall.
From what I've read, we will all be able to apply the knowledge to similar buildings in our communities.
I'll be tuned in to check out the premiere on Sunday evening. I'm looking forward to it!