Free The City Hall One!

From our Late to the Party desk:

The umpteenth Boston Globe piece (in Sunday’s edition) on Boston City Hall as the ugliest building in town, at least according to local residents.

Maybe . . . But wait! Don’t answer yet!

Here’s the Globe’s “In praise of ugly buildings” slideshow.

And the Globe’s January “In praise of ugly buildings” piece.

Better you should read Ada Louise Huxtable’s 1969 New York Times review of the just finished Boston City Hall.

Excerpt:

Boston can celebrate with the knowledge that it has produced a superior public building in an age that values cheapness over quality as a form of public virtue. It also has one of the handsomest buildings around, and thus far, one of the least understood.

It is a product of this moment and these times – something that can be said of successful art of any period. And it is a winner, in more ways than one.

And now, Boston City Hall is a loser.

In more ways than one.

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5 Responses to Free The City Hall One!

  1. Curmudgeon says:

    All fine examples of the see-what-I-can-do-with-concrete school of public architecture.

  2. af says:

    “It is a product of this moment and these times – something that can be said of successful art of any period. And it is a winner, in more ways than one.”

    It’s big problem is that it’s a building that doesn’t work, and doesn’t lend itself to any kind of renovation. Other than that, it’s just a building that people love to hate. What are you going to do, move it to South Boston?

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