31 in 31 of Your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #9

Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201

Kallmann, McKinnell, and Knowles with Campbell, Aldrich, and Nulty, 1961-1968.

I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series.

About Boston City Hall:

Love it or hate it, Boston City Hall is truly one of the greatest buildings of our time! It has been called a monster, “the ugliest building in Boston,” “the ugliest Brutalist building in the world” and so on, but this building is as heroic as any other building built in and around its time. Yes, it has its problems, but this doesn’t mean they can’t be fixed!

I love this building myself. I think it says alot about Boston and Bostonians in general and it was also the building that placed Boston back on the architecture world map! I am very passionate about it as are many preservationists and Modern architecture enthusiasts. I’ve blogged about this building a few times, you can read one of my posts here.

How do you feel about Boston’s City Hall? Do you think the building is the monster it is made out to be? Have you ever been inside? Any thoughts?

Boston City Hall, Rear facing Faneuil Hall. Photo: Historic American Buildings Survey

Boston City Hall, Interior, Photo: Historic American Buildings Survey

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  1. A great building but a poor plaza. City Hall is a brutalist concrete masterpiece (based on Le Corbusier’s monastery at La Tourette in France) that boldly expresses the various branches of city government through its diverse compartments, and the public interest of democracy through its open-entrance atrium. It could use better surroundings: City Hall Plaza is dreary, windy, and sometimes dangerous (bricks have shifted and risen over the seasons), so a pleasant park, more trees, and a green renovation of the building and its underutilized alcoves would allow it to realize its full architectural and civic potential.

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