Category Archives: Architecture

New England Power

One of the fortunate things about Boston–and I think this largely accidental–is that it was spared from many of the architectural monstrosities of the 1950s and 1960s (the utter destruction of the West End being the obvious exception). With that … Continue reading

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The Stupidest Building Name in Boston Is…

…The Newbry. It’s just craptacular. It used to be called the New England Life building, as it was the home of New England Life Insurance (originally it was an MIT building; MIT was located in Back Bay originally, and then … Continue reading

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The Inspiration of Gothic Architecture

There are several reasons why Gothic architecture isn’t appreciated. First, most of it is physically very old, and in less than good repair–most of us have never seen it when it’s new and shiny. Second, a fair amount of Gothic … Continue reading

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A Very Statuesque House in the South End

I mean that literally. Observed on Dwight Street, the South End, Boston: Hells Bells: An ornate door:

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Sahara, Deserted

The now-defunct Sahara restaurant at Shamut and Waltham Street, South End, Boston: From the other side: The Sahara used to be the center of a Syrian neighborhood in the South End, although it has been closed for decades. Hopefully, someone … Continue reading

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A Decorative Door

Observed on Shamut Ave., South End, Boston: They don’t make them like this anymore.

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D.C.’s Housing Crisis Isn’t Due to the Absence of Skyscrapers

Recently, a Washington Post op-ed argued that D.C. should alter the building height limitation: And while certainly many factors affect the cost of housing in the city (such as demand, crime rates, school quality and proximity to public transportation), it … Continue reading

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A Very Skinny Building

Observed in South Boston, at the corner of Dorchester Street and East Broadway: It’s like it’s butt fell off. It must be really weird to live in an apartment in that building.

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Embajada de Mexico!

I was recently in D.C., and I was reminded just how weird the Mexican Embassy is in terms of architecture: Yes, the townhouses are part of the embassy. Discuss.

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The Vanishing of Boston’s West End

Well, it’s still there, it’s just ass ugly. In 1959, the West End of Boston, which had been declared a slum, was revitalized. Here’s what it looked like in 1958: (from the West End Museum, Boston) Here, it is, all … Continue reading

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