Why is Boston City Hall the way it is?

Why is Boston City Hall the way it is?

Boston City Hall Plaza. –John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe, File Boston City Hall is brutal, and that’s not a subjective statement. The late longtime Mayor Tom Menino once proposed selling off the “cold, unfriendly” building to be demolished and moving city government to the waterfront. His successor, Mayor Marty Walsh, campaigned on the idea. But notwithstanding the looming concrete fortress’s many detractors — and there are many — the design of City Hall and its surrounding plaza is a testimonial to brutalist architecture. Fifty years after City Hall opened, it’s a style that was as popular back in […]

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