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Last updated: 3/18/19

Boston City Hall lecture

Join Dr. Brian Sirman for a lecture about Boston City Hall.

When Boston City Hall opened its doors in 1969, it was meant to express the ideals of a socially conscious, forward-looking government. Many Bostonians hoped that a prominent, distinctive, modern City Hall would help reverse Boston’s reputation as a city suffering from mid-century “architectural sclerosis.”

Dr. Brian Sirman’s 2018 book, "Concrete Changes: Architecture, Politics, and the Design of City Hall," is the latest work to examine the history, creation, and reception of Boston City Hall. Dr. Sirman argues that City Hall is more than a symbol of Boston’s modernization; it acted as the catalyst for political, social, and economic changes.


Please note: since our event will begin after normal business hours, you must access City Hall through the Congress Street entrance. Security will direct you to the Piemonte Room.