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Notes from the Archives: #onthisday in 1962, design for Boston City Hall chosen

May 3, 2018

On this day in 1962, a panel of judges announced the winning design for Boston’s New City Hall.

 Architectural model of Boston City Hall, 1962, John F. Collins records (0244.001), Box 147, Folder 1, Boston City Archives

The winning design, which you can see above, was a collaboration by Gerhard Kallmann, Noel McKinnell and Edward Knowles. 

The Boston City Hall Competition Jury said that the winning design was "dignified, appropriate, and exciting...a keystone between the historic past and the brilliant future which is to come." You read the jury's full statement about their selection.

Take a look at some of the other design submissions below. What do you think? Do you agree with the judges’ decisions, or would you have chosen one of these other designs?

Proposed architectural model for Boston City Hall, 1962,  Mayor John F. Collins records (0244.001), Box 147, Folder 1, Boston City Archives

Proposed architectural model for Boston City Hall, 1962,  Mayor John F. Collins records (0244.001), Box 147, Folder 1, Boston City Archives

Proposed architectural model for Boston City Hall, 1962,  Mayor John F. Collins records (0244.001), Box 147, Folder 1, Boston City Archives

You can see more digitized records about the design process for Boston's City Hall in our Digital Repository. Take a look!