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The 10 Most Impressive Buildings In Boston

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Updated: 22 July 2017
With colonial-era brick houses and historic structures lining narrow cobbled stone streets and postmodern buildings dominating the city’s skyline, Boston exhibits the perfect fusion of old and new architecture. Read on to discover the hidden gems of Boston that will surely take your breath away.
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200 Clarendon

One of Boston’s most significant landmarks is the all-glass 200 Clarendon, formerly known as John Hancock Tower. Located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, it’s also the tallest building in New England standing at 790 feet. 200 Clarendon is dubbed one of the nation’s most beloved buildings by the American Institute of Architects, a title it has held since 1977. Constructed in 1972, architect Henry N. Cobb designed the building and took the glass monolith concept to new heights achieving a minimalist and modernist skyscraper design.

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Trinity Church

Entitled one of the most significant buildings in the country, Trinity Church‘s facade features heavy walls of rough-faced stone, large towers, and rounded arches — a hallmark of the “Richardsonian Romanesque” architectural style. This church, standing at 211 feet from the central tower, was the first major work of architect Henry Hobson Richardson. The interior spanning 21, 500 feet, is beautifully decorated with murals by John La Farge and his associates. Farge created windows for the church that are now considered among the most famous of American stained glass of the time. Even though it stands in the shadow of 200 Clarendon, its significance cannot be compared so head on over to marvel at how Trinity Church has withstood the test of time.

Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St, Boston, USA, 02116 +1 617 536 0944

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Boston Public Library

Founded in 1848 and opened in 1854 as the first large, free municipal library in the U.S., the original Boston Public Library was considered a Renaissance Revival masterpiece, and was nicknamed “palace for the people”. Today, it’s made up of two different buildings, both architectural gems in their own right.

Located a stone’s throw away from Copley station, Boston architect Charles Follen McKim designed the rather large and imposing, but perfectly proportioned building that is now the McKim Building. However, when a problem arose regarding the lack of space, it was Phillip Johnson who designed the modern addition in 1972. The interior of the McKim offers a warm and welcome atmosphere. With high ceilings and arched windows, marble floors, statues of notable individuals, and beautifully painted artwork, it’s no surprise that even wedding ceremonies and receptions are held here.

Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston, 02116, USA +1 617 536 5400

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MIT Kresge Auditorium

Referred to by students as the “Kresge Oval,” this auditorium is one of the more famous mid-century modern buildings in the United States. Designed by Finish-American architect Eero Saarinen in the early 1950s, it was built in tandem with the Saarinen-designed chapel nearby. The auditorium holds a theater, a concert hall and rehearsal rooms for performances, and is also used as a space for science, tech, and engineering conferences. However, what is most known about the Kresge Oval is its leaf-like, copper domed roof which is exactly one-eighth of a sphere – this gives the hall a sublime acoustic sound. So for those shower-singing superstars, this is the place to test your vocals on a larger scale.

MIT Kresege Auditorium W16, 48 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, 02139, USA +1 617 253 3913

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MIT Stata Center

The Ray and Maria Stata Center is a building that demands a second glance and a slight head tilt. This 720,000-square-foot academic hub houses students and faculty of computer, information and intelligence sciences. The Frank Gehry-designed structure was completed in 2004 and has since been one of the region’s most famous buildings. The structure is built on the World War II site of Building 20, where it served as a breeding ground for many innovative ideas. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry designed the Stata Center hoping to carry on the innovative and collaborative spirit that drove the original site.