Thursday Crush: City Hall


I know I’m in the minority, but I really like City Hall! So, today’s Thursday Crush post is dedicated to this oft-maligned hunk of concrete. Built in 1968, it is prime example of the brutalist style of architecture. Designed by Gerhard Kallmann and Michael McKinnell, the building was designed to express the internal functions from the outside of the structure in a raw and honest way. The architects were influenced by Le Corbusier, but City Hall also remind me of the Medici palazzo, another grand government building (dating back a few centuries!).

I can admit that there are way too many brutalist buildings in downtown Boston (most of which I could do without), but something about this one feels right. It is so monumental. I always notice new angles and shapes every time I walk by, and I love having several styles of architecture in the same view. (I’m not completely alone!) If we lined City Hall Plaza with cafes and bars the way large plazas are used in so many cities, I think more people would see the lovely side of this building. What do you think?


Image Credit: Laura Chassaigne

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