10 Buildings That Changed America

10 Buildings That Changed America

By: Dan Protess (author), Geoffrey Baer (with)Hardback

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10 Buildings That Changed America tells the stories of ten influential works of architecture, the people who imagined them, and the way these landmarks ushered in innovative cultural shifts throughout our society. From American architectural stalwarts like Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, to modern revolutionaries like Frank Gehry and Robert Venturi, this book examines the most prominent buildings designed by the most noteworthy architects of our time. Also profiled are Americans less noted for their architectural acumen, but no less significant for their contributions to the field. Thomas Jefferson, a self-taught architect, is profiled for designing the iconic Virginia State Capitol. Taking its inspiration from ancient Rome, America's first major public building forged a philosophical link between America and the world's earliest democracies. We see the legacy of the architects profiled like Mies van der Rohe or H.H. Richardson all around us: in the homes where we live, the offices where we work, our public buildings, and our houses of worship. 10 Buildings is the ideal collection to detail the flashes of inspiration from these architects who dared to strike out on their own and design radical new types of buildings that permanently altered our environmental and cultural landscape. No choking hazard warning necessary.

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About Author

Geoffrey Baer is the award-winning host and writer of WTTW's popular feature-length TV specials about Chicago architecture and history, as well as a regular contributor to WTTW's flagship nightly public affairs program Chicago Tonight. He has written and produced numerous documentaries and cultural and entertainment specials for local and national television. He lives in Chicago. Dan Protess has been a critically acclaimed producer and writer for television programs at WTTW for more than a decade. He wrote and produced the Emmy-winning, James Beard-nominated The Foods of Chicago: A Delicious History. He lives in Chicago.


I. Introduction II. Virginia State Capitol, Thomas Jefferson III. Trinity Church, H.H. Richardson IV. Wainwright Building, Louis Sullivan V. Robie House, Frank Lloyd Wright VI. Highland Park Ford Plant, Albert Kahn VII. Southdale Center, Victor Gruen VIII. Seagram Building, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe IX. Dulles International Airport, Eero Saarinen X. Vanna Venturi House, Robert Venturi XI. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Frank Gehry

Product Details

  • publication date: 25/04/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781572841352
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 144
  • ID: 9781572841352
  • weight: 799
  • ISBN10: 1572841354

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