Behind every work of architecture there is a story waiting to be told. Join us as we explore the captivating history of some of the most interesting buildings in the world.
It was once the meeting place of Los Angeles, a home for entertainment. The Pan Pacific Auditorium hosted everything from concerts to sporting events. Beyond that, it was a perfect example of streamline moderne. Its architects, Walter Wurdeman and Welton Becket, created an icon and used it to ignite their careers, helping redefine Los Angeles into the metropolis it is today.
In 1914, Frank Lloyd Wright suffered a horrible tragedy when his lover was murdered. By 1915, Wright was on his way to California to escape his grief. While in Los Angeles he would try to create a California-specific style of architecture. It would mark an interesting path of exploration for him that would influence the rest of his career.
In the late 1960s, Sears was the largest retailer in America. Their forward-looking attitude brought about rapid expansion and an optimistic view of the future. To demonstrate their innovative spirit, they commissioned structural engineer Dr. Fazlur Kahn and architect Bruce Graham from SOM to design a modern skyscraper. The story of how Fazlur and Bruce came up with the design for the iconic Sears Tower is that of legend. Join me for that fascinating story, including how a pack of cigarettes inspired the design of one of the most iconic and innovative skyscrapers in the world.
In 1985, architect Jon Jerde designed a new kind of shopping mall–a mall that encouraged exploration by making visitors wander through a postmodernist labyrinth. It would help bring people back to an aging Downtown San Diego. It would revitalize the city and make architecture an attraction. All that success would slowly fade away as the mall became a dead mall before being revitalized as a modern tech campus.
Exploring the mystery of the Winchester Mystery House. A lavish Victorian mansion with a twist. You see, inside, lies a peculiar labyrinth of rooms and corridors. Inside, visitors will find windows opening onto walls, windows in the floor, and stairs to nowhere. Who would build such a place and why? The answer to such queries can be found within its walls.
In the heart of Portland, Oregon stands a building people love to hate. In its nearly forty year history, the Portland Building is probably one of the most divisive buildings in recent memory. But maybe the Portland Building isn't all that bad.
Discover the history and plan for Walt Disney's ambitious plan for a city of the future–EPCOT.
Frank Lloyd Wright has an announcement to make. He's proposing a building that will reach new heights.
One conversation and one house would change architecture forever, and help create Frank Gehry's signature style.
There's no city quite like Las Vegas. It's a place full of possibilities and endless energy. Part of what creates this fantasy world is fascinating architecture. Vegas' architecture is bold, imaginative, and sometimes bizarre. Take a tour through Las Vegas and explore the city's most fascinating buildings.
Architects William Van Alen and H. Craig Severance once had the perfect partnership, but their partnership turned into a bitter rivalry. The results of which would spark a race to construct the tallest buildings in the world. Their efforts forever changed the New York City skyline.
It was a bright Sunday morning and a client of Frank Lloyd Wright was on his way to view the preliminary drawings for his weekend retreat outside Pittsburgh. The only problem was there were no drawings. This is the story of how Frank Lloyd Wright committed the design of his most iconic house to paper in just under two hours.