Boston's Must-See Buildings for Architecture Fans

by c21commonweath_ldowling 3. February 2020 10:05

 

If you're a fan of architecture, you'll find a lot to love in Boston. Early American settlers founded this city nearly 400 years ago. It has witnessed some of the most pivotal events in United States history. The city’s historical status makes it a virtual time capsule of architectural styles. A list of iconic buildings in Boston could have hundreds of items, but we pared it down to seven of the most spectacular.

Fenway Park (4 Jersey Street)

Perhaps no other building embodies the spirit of Boston like Fenway Park. The oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball, it has been the home of the Red Sox since 1912. Over the years, the infamous “Green Monster” has denied thousands of would-be home run hitters.

Johnson Building of the Boston Public Library (700 Boylston Street)

Master of modern architecture Philip Johnson designed this wing of the Boston Public Library Central Branch. Though its architecture differs wildly from the nearby McKim building, the Johnson building fits in and stands out at the same time.

Massachusetts State House (24 Beacon Street)

John Hancock gave up his cow pasture to provide the building site for the Massachusetts State House. When it opened in 1798, the builders sheathed the dome in wood shingles. Copper replaced the original roof, followed by 23-karat gold. The upgrades weren't just about aesthetics—the wood shingle roof was prone to leaking.

Park Street Church (1 Park Street)

If you're a U.S. history enthusiast, you'll want to visit Park Street Church. The adjacent cemetery is the final resting place of Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and other giants of the American Revolution. The 217-foot steeple made this church the tallest building in Boston when it was completed in 1809.

City Hall (1 City Hall Square)

In the 1950s, a new style of architecture called Brutalism gained prominence. Boston’s City Hall is a fantastic example of the style. Its blocky appearance and use of poured concrete make it stand out from its surroundings.

Old North Church (193 Salem Street)

This church, the oldest in Boston, will live on forever in American legend. Before Paul Revere made his famous ride, he looked to the steeple of the Old North Church to find two lanterns, the signal that the British were coming by sea.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Columbia Point)

The stark white exterior of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum grants this building the feeling of a memorial. I. M. Pei may be one of the most famous names in architecture now, but when he was chosen to design this building, he was just starting out. It's a stellar example of his signature style. The seven buildings here are just a small sample of the architecture you'll find in and around Boston. The city is a must-see for any lover of architecture or history.

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