boston city hall

Boston’s City Hall is a lot of things to the people of Boston, travelers, and the architectural community. From its central location, to its controversial design, and a whole lot more, we are going to dive deep into why people love and hate the location. We’ll also let you know how you can see the sight for yourself when staying with The Boxer Boston Hotel.

Controversial Architecture

Since its opening in 1968, Boston’s City Hall has been the subject of a lot of criticism, and a lot of debate over its Brutalist architectural design. The product of architects Kallmann McKinnell, Knowles Campbell, Aldrich and Nulty, the grand building features a stone-block compound makeup that’s definitely noticeable, and arguably intriguing.

Since its construction, Boston City Hall has been ridiculed by press and local government. Mayor John F. Collins, who was in office when the designs for the building were first released in the 60’s, was apparently aghast and confused by the look. The media would go on to call it ugly in every single way, and citizens called for its redesign and reconstruction for decades to come.

On the flip side, it did receive acclaim from critics from The Boston Globe and New York Times. The building also won an award from the American Institute of Architects, and the Michelin Green Guide.

Visiting City Hall

We recommend interested travelers go and check the building out for themselves when visiting Boston. Sure, you can get an idea for it through pictures, but it’s always better to go see it in person. Located just a half-mile from The Boxer Boston Hotel, it’s an easy, ten-minute walk for our guests. Once you arrive, you can examine the architectural design from all angles, and then possibly pop inside for a tour.

Boston City Hall is home to the offices of the mayor of Boston and the Boston City Council, as well as a large number of other municipal offices. Check out the City Hall website to contact specific departments for visits and tours that might interest you.

The Surrounding Neighborhood

Even if you want to just have a quick look at the building, we recommend making the trip, because then you can enjoy the surrounding neighborhood of Government Center with Beacon Hill and Downtown Boston nearby. Surrounding Boston City Hall, a number of iconic Boston attractions await. WIthin walking distance, there’s Haymarket Square, the Paul Revere Statue, the Old North Church, Neptune Oyster, and the Boston Aquarium among several other must-see attractions.

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