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Brutal, More Brutal, Most Brutal

16 November, 2012

The Author has a soft spot for Brutalist architecture (although ‘soft’ hardly seems like an appropriate adjective when discussing the Brutalist style) and the Boston City Hall is a particularly Brutal gem.  The Boston City Hall elbowed its way into Ye Olde Boston in the 60’s, much to the harrumph of those with more conservative taste.

The Author wonders what her favorite architect thinks about this hunk of concrete.

The Brutalist City Hall is right down the street from Old State House, Boston’s oldest surviving public building.  255 years apart and on opposite sides the architectural scale, these two make quite an odd couple.

As the Author stood on the corner, looking back to and forth from the City Hall and the Old State House, she thought, with great eloquence, ‘architecture. Huh. What a wild ride it’s been.’


4 Comments leave one →
  1. dadork permalink
    18 November, 2012 11:26 pm

    It is a very interesting building. There is a lot going on. It certainly is brutalist, but that is because of it’s major material – cast in place concrete. It is a tough material to make people like – it is so gray and streaky, especially when it rains! Better in small amounts.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    6 January, 2013 12:22 am

    How does the author feel about Sir Denys Lasdun, given her affection for London? This reader’s employer has published his monograph.

  3. 6 January, 2013 9:13 pm

    I must admit I had to google good Sir Lasdun to discover he designed the National Theatre, among other Brutalists wonders. On my first visit to London (aged 16) I though it was a monstrosity, but, with age, I’ve grown to appreciate it.

    It makes me chuckle that Prince Charles, so renown for his progressive views on Architecture, compared it to a nuclear power station. He seems to share Architectural sensibilities with the 16-year-old Diligent Observer.

    One might put in a kind request for said monograph…Anonymous is a useful one to know.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    7 January, 2013 3:19 am

    Consider it done. And your response made this Reader smile.

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