The Boston Preservation Alliance is sponsoring a walking tour of Government Center:
It will begin at the Lindemann Center in Government Center, and will include a broad range of works showcasing the variety and quality of modernism in Government Center.
Aug. 17, 5:30 to 7 p.m., free to alliance members and $15 for everybody else. Reservations required: [email protected] or 617-367-2458.
Some interesting photos: See how downtown has changed - and hasn't.
No, this time we're not talking about that soul-sucking dormitory at 1 Western Ave. Turns out criticizing Harvard architecture is a pastime that goes back generations. Charles Swift uncovers a biting critique of Harvard's building style way back in 1836, by George Cleveland:
... We would cite these as very perfect specimens of no known order of architecture; vast brick barns, destitute alike...Read more
Sandouri Dean Bey discusses a 19th-century "stick style" house that is getting ripped apart around the corner from his house:
... The house sold for over $500K, a sad testimony to an inflated real estate market. Worse still is that after paying such an exorbitant price, the new owners proceeded to begin their half-assed renovations without pulling any permits whatsoever. The city quickly shut...Read more
Mike Mennonno starts a series on architectural abominations, beginning with the Tip O'Neill federal building, even though he allows as how it's not a complete abomination:
... The architect's inspiration seems to have been a stingy slice of tiramisu. ...
The state Department of Mental Health's Hurley Building was designed in the same "brutalist" mode as the nearby City Hall. But City Hall is a delightful little confectionary compared to this truly brutal, depressing series of concrete fists smashing the spirit of onlookers into a thin pulp. Elephantine concrete columns follow one after another, with no visual relief, figuratively...Read more
Marc is not at all upset that the construction schedule for the MFA's proposed $385-million addition seems to have slipped by more than a year:
... It's another entirely forgettable, vaguely irritating design of straight lines and cubes, and the best that can be said of it is that some of it is glass....Read more