This hour-long Nine PBS special tells the human stories behind the progressive vision that mid-century modern architecture ushered in after World War II.
For Mid-Century Modern in St. Louis writer/producer Kara Vaninger, the story of mid-century modern architecture isn’t just about buildings and artistic vision, it’s about a hopeful time when a new consciousness about how our lives could change for the better was taking hold.
With masterworks like Council Plaza's Flying Saucer to the Climatron, the Gateway Arch, and the Saint Louis Abbey and Priory School, along with the role of Washington University in St. Louis, the region became a hotbed of modernist architecture. Nationally renowned architects, like Ralph Fournier and Richard Henmi, are interviewed as well as historians and advocates of saving and celebrating these mid-century modern structures.
The production is supported by Mackey Mitchell Architects.
Encore Broadcasts: Saturday, August 19 at 8:30 pm and Sunday, August 20 at 3:30 pm on Nine PBS and livestream.
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