Boston Architecture

A message for the many thousands of people who are visting Boston this summer, take a breath, get off the Freedom Trail, and take a look at some buildings that were built after the 19th century! The Boston area has some excellent examples of “modern” buildings designed by world-famous architects.

Architecturally speaking, I am a fan of the current Boston City Hall, the Extension of the Boston Public Library, but rather than ruin your summer reading up on the virtues of the brutalist movement, here are some lesser-known crowd pleasers to get you started.

MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center (Gehry Partners LLP)

Boston Federal Reserve Bank (Hugh Stubbins, Jr.)

Carpenter Center (Le Corbusier)

Institute for Contemporary Art (Diller + Scofidio)

Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge (Christian Menn, et. al.)

Davis Museum at Wellesley College
(Rafeal Moneo)

MIT Chapel (Eero Saarinen)

There you have it, two Pritzker prize winning architects, the only Corbusier in America and, if you really want to, you can see at least four good I.M. Pei works to boot.

What are your favorite Boston buildings of the 20th and 21st century?

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