Virgina State Capital: Thomas Jefferson (05:40)
Builders ignored many elements of Jefferson's original design. He rejected Georgian architecture in favor of that of ancient Rome; his state capital design was a copy of the Maison Carrée in France.
Trinity Church: H.H. Richardson (04:31)
Richardson changed architecture by creating a new design called Richardsonian Romanesque.
Wainwright Building: Louis Sullivan (05:14)
Hear a brief history of skyscrapers. Sullivan's then draftsman, Frank Lloyd Wright, recalls the design process in this archival video clip.
Robie House: Frank Lloyd Wright (05:19)
Follow the series of designs that ultimately led to this home design. Dramatic twists and turns define the home's entrance--and the fortunes of both Wright and Robie after it was completed.
Highland Park Ford Plant: Albert Kahn (02:33)
The Highland Park Ford Plant revolutionized industry. Hear a brief history of the Model T. See archival footage of workers in this "daylight factory."
Southdale Center: Victor Gruen (07:11)
Learn Victor Gruen's inspiration for the Southdale Center. His vision created the 'formula' for indoor malls. Life Magazine announced it as the proclaimed it the splashiest shopping center in the US.
Seagram Building: Mies van der Rohe (05:59)
New technology allowed architects to move beyond stone and brick. European modernist, van der Rohe, had long envisioned the glass skyscraper, which became popular in the U.S. for many reasons.
Dulles International Airport: Eero Saarinen (04:35)
Capturing the magic of early air travel Eero Saarinen created this expression of modernism. Saarinen created a smaller terminal and "mobile lounges."
Vanna Venturi House: Robert Venturi (05:51)
The "first post-modern building" got its look from borrowed elements. Instead of organization, this building utilizes complexity and contradiction.
Walt Disney Concert Hall: Frank Genry (04:53)
Genry wanted this building inviting and accessible. Learn the role of computers in the design of this complex form.
Summary of American Architecture (01:02)
American architecture has been 'begged, borrowed and stolen.' American architecture doesn't have a single style, rather it is an ongoing process of inventing and reinventing.
Credits: 10 Buildings That Changes America (00:49)
Credits: 10 Buildings That Changes America
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