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Heroism and Hubris: Concrete Architecture in Boston

The Nichols House Museum Lecture Series presents speakers Chris Grimley and Mark Pasnik.

May 18, 2017

The design of the Nichols House Museum is attributed to Charles Bulfinch, whose Massachusetts State House was built with a focus on civil service and public discourse. Completed nearly 200 years later, Boston City Hall is often problematically labeled as “Brutalist.” However, the concrete architecture that transformed Boston during 1960s and 1970s was conceived with progressive-minded intentions that are consistent with Bulfinch’s ethical vision.

This presentation will focus on Boston City Hall, one of the most compelling and controversial works of the era. The event is free and co-sponsored by the Boston Landmarks Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. The event is followed by a walking tour for those interested. To take part, please register for the event.

May 18, 2017
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