'10 That Changed America'
(DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS)
Overview: '10 that Changed America' offers three whirlwind tours of Americas architectural treasures: the 10 homes, 10 parks, and 10 towns that changed our country. Explore American houses through the ages, enjoy a lively history of landscape architecture and our most beloved parks, and discover the story of how we have planned our cities over time.
DVD Verdict: '10 that Changed America' may well follow in other '10 Blah Blah's That Changed America' DVDs that have gone in the past, but this new one is head and shoulders above the others - for my money. '10 That Changed America' opens with the significance of the 600-year-old Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. Two Native American spokesmen show us around the pueblo and talk about the powerful cultural legacy of living in a safe and healthy community that was designed while Europeans were still emerging from the dark ages.
'10 That Changed America' also includes some opulence to make viewers smile and pencil favorite locations into summer-time travel plans. Across the three programs the 30 stops include Thomas Jefferson's amazing "essay in architecture" Monticello, the Hudson River castle Lyndhurst, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, San Antonio's colorful River Walk, and even Salt Lake City and its soaring temple as an example of how faith shapes urban design.
As we tour these locations, we get intriguing commentary both from residents and experts in the history of design and American culture. Planning ahead for some of your own travels around the U.S.? For now, make '10 That Changed America' your destination for some eye-opening TV viewing. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.