Friday Reads: Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston edited by Keith N. Morgan
The latest volume in the Society of Architectural Historians’ Buildings of the United States series, this tome “analyzes the architecture, landscape and planning patterns of the capital of Massachusetts and forty-one of its surrounding towns.” If you enjoy architecture and/or like the city of Boston, you’ll enjoy browsing through this book.
The city itself has garnered many nicknames over it four hundred years: A City upon a Hill; Cradle of Liberty; Home of the Bean and Cod; the Hub of the Solar System, to name a few. The buildings have evolved over that time and reflect its varied history.
The organization of the entries begins in Boston and fans out to the north, and then to surrounding suburbs. Each entry is assigned a two-letter code, derived from the neighborhood or community name, The entries are preceded by a brief listing of information- name, date, architect or builder, street location and level of public recognition or protection. All buildings and sites for which entries are provided are generally viewable from a public right of way. Key structures or sites that help explain the character and evolution of architecture and landscape architecture in the Boston region but are either not visible or have been demolished are included in the introduction.
Many of the entries are accompanied by photographs (sadly none in color..)
Take an armchair tour of the city and learn about the fascinating structures that reveal the history and development of Boston. Look for Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston Buildings of Massachuseets: Metropolitan Boston in the Reference Department. Call # REF 720.9744.
P.S. Did you know that one can stand at the corner of Washington and State streets near the Old State House and view 3 centuries of architectural design? From that vantage point you’ll see the Old State House (1712), the Ames Building (1889) and the State Street Bank Building (1966)