Virginia State Capitol Tops PBS List

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Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) announced Monday the Virginia State Capitol will be featured on the upcoming national PBS special 10 Buildings That Changed America.

The one-hour show will air Sunday, May 12 at 10 p.m. EST. The Capitol tops a list that includes the Trinity Church in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.

“Virginia’s beautiful and historic State Capitol is a source of true pride for all Virginians,” said Speaker Howell. “The Capitol is an architectural masterpiece, historical treasure and monument to Democracy. Its design has inspired numerous other capitol buildings, including the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. Its history and traditions are rivaled by few other single buildings in America. It is the foundation for modern Democracy and an enduring sign of the strength of our Commonwealth and our nation.”

The program will highlight 10 influential buildings that forever changed the way we go about our daily lives. The State Capitol was chosen in consultation with a panel of historians and architects from across the country.

The program is hosted by Geoffrey Baer, an Emmy Award-winning producer and program host, best known for his popular feature-length specials about Chicago architecture and history. The program is written and produced by Dan Protess, who has been creating critically-acclaimed television programs for WTTW in Chicago for more than a decade.