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City Hall and Square: Brutalist Design
The New Boston City hall is just a stone's throw away from the old City Hall Building that was built in 1968 and on the famous brutalist style which was popular during those times (brutalist design according to wikipedia means typically massive in character (even when not large), fortress-like, with a predominance of exposed concrete construction, or in the case of the "brick brutalists" ruggedly detailed brickwork and concrete together. There is often an emphasis on graphically expressing in the external elevations and in the whole-site plan the main functions and people-flows of the buildings.) Just in front of the City hall is a large City Hall Square and just around it are the federal Buildings as the area is the Government Center.
Just across the street is Faneuil Hall and Dock Square and 2 bus trolley stops at both ends of the Government Center and two MBTA Subway Stops.
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Another I.M. Pei creation, the Boston City Hall and Government Center was built in the 1960s and part of a redevelopment plan for this area. The building includes federal, state and city offices so "Government Center" is probably more appropriate than "City Hall". On my most recent visit to Boston in September of 2005, I visited this area with my friend Andrea who happens to be an architect. I think she likes the building a whole lot more than I do, but we both agreed that the brick plaza surrounding it is really poorly designed. The idea was to draw crowds to the area and to create an enjoyable space for people to gather. Unfortunately, the space is largely wasted as there is little shade and hardly any seating. It is, however, used for performances and exhibitions from time to time.
Old city hall
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The Old City Hall is a prime example of historic preservation and adaptive reuse.
The building served as Boston's City Hall for over a century, from its construction in 1865 until 1969, when it was renovated for use as an office building.
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This is a 227 gallon tea pot made in 1873 for the Oriental Tea Company. Steam comes out the spout (I forget how).
I think this building was the...
I think this building was the Old City Hall. This is a picture of the Ben Franklin statue in front of the building.
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