Boston’s Best Buildings Or Works Of Architecture

October 8, 2012 4:00 AM

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Boston is a city known for its 18th- and 19th-century architecture. The buildings that lend to this reputation have a tendency to be sites that are important to the history of the United States. However, there are also buildings that are more modern and lend diversity to Boston architecture. No matter your architectural taste, this city offers a little something for everyone.
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Massachusetts State House
Beacon Hill off Beacon St.
Boston, MA, 02111
(617) 722-2500
www.malegislature.govThe Massachusetts State House is an unmistakable federal-style building with a glittering gilded dome that sits on top of Beacon Hill in Boston. Charles Bulfinch, who is also responsible for Boston’s Faneuil Hall expansion and the original Massachusetts General Hospital, designed it. It was completed with a wood dome in 1798, but the dome needed to be covered in copper within a few years, due to leaking. The telltale gold was added in 1874 and redone in 1997. Additions were designed by Charles Brigham and Sturgis, Chapman & Andrews.

 Bostons Best Buildings Or Works Of Architecture

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Trinity Church
206 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-0944
www.trinitychurchboston.orgTrinity is an Episcopal church completed in 1893 and designed by Henry Hobson Richardson. It was designed in a style that was so removed from any categorization that it became known as Richardson Romanesque. The American Institute of Architects named Trinity Church one of the “Ten Most Significant Buildings in the United States.” With its imposing exterior and 21,500 square feet of murals inside, it is no wonder.

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Boston Public Library McKim Building
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-5400
www.bpl.orgThe McKim Building of the Boston Public Library was designed by McKim, Mead and White. This Renaissance Revival opened in 1895 and has been beloved by Boston ever since. Every surface of this beautiful building is done artfully, both inside and out. The architecture is complemented by murals by painters including John Singer Sargent. Even with modern advances, these touches remain in the forefront, as the library strives to keep the effects of modern technology to a minimum.

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Baker House
MIT Campus
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-3161
www.housing.mit.edu/Baker House is a modern dormitory opened for Massachusetts Institute of Technology students in 1948. It undulates along the curb in what can almost be described as a wave. The contrast between this flowing design and the plain brick material from which it was made make this building a great example of modern architecture in the city. It was designed by Alvo Aalto, who said his design was inspired by a ship and an alpine ski lodge.

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Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge
Spanning the Charles River
Boston, MAAs part of the Big Dig, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge did not make fans among the residents while it was being constructed. However, it is a feat of architectural engineering that has not been equaled as of 2012. With 10 lanes, it is the broadest cable-stayed bridge in the world. Several engineers designed or contributed to the design, with the official credit going to HNTB/FIGG.

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Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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