Episode 1 | 10 Buildings That Changed America

Survey 10 works of American architecture that changed the way we live.

About the Episode

Premiere Date: May 2013

10 Buildings that Changed America presents 10 trend-setting works of architecture that have shaped and inspired our American landscape. These aren’t just historic structures by famous architects.

These buildings have dramatically influenced our built environment in many ways – and in one case, for over two centuries. 

From the state capitol building that first declared our architectural independence from Great Britain, to an iconic Prairie-style home by Frank Lloyd Wright. From the factory that housed Henry Ford’s first Model T moving assembly line, to the original indoor regional shopping mall. From H.H. Richardson’s iconic Trinity Church in Boston, to Frank Gehry’s game-changing Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

These 10 buildings helped make America the place it is today. Of course, they are not the only 10 buildings that did that. We invite you to let us know your own choices, and to join the dialogue about other buildings that have shaped America.

The Virginia State Capitol building.The Virginia State Capitol building.
Episode 2 | 10 Homes That Changed America

Episode 2 | 10 Homes That Changed America

10 Homes that Changed America highlights 10 architecturally adventuresome dwellings.

Episode 3 | 10 Parks that Changed America

Episode 3 | 10 Parks that Changed America

Discover the evolution of our nation’s city parks.

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Visit the series website to:

  • Explore the 10 Buildings, Homes, Parks, and Towns that Changed America in images, video, and text
  • Trace the history of American architecture with an interactive timeline
  • Watch the show and web exclusive videos shot on location at the buildings, homes, parks, and towns
  • Take a closer look at each of the buildings itself to learn about its architectural elements
  • Discover local activities around each of the sites
  • Share your own picks for the buildings, homes, parks, and towns