Apparently when I wrote my blogs last week on Great Boston Buildings, I glossed over why Trinity Church is so important. Or, as I wrote last week: “Boston architecture starts with H.H. Richardson and Trinity Church.” Due to the large public outcry, this blog will rectify that situation.… Continue Reading
Over the past week or so, I’ve tried to describe some of the great buildings and public spaces around Boston… or, at the very least, my favorites. My choices have encompassed everything from the Malden Public Library by H.H. Richardson to some Boston Schoolyards to William Rawn’s wonderful tower over at Northeastern University, and on and on.… Continue Reading
This is my last blog post on great buildings, and I will end on the type of homes that most of us actually live in: single family homes, generally outside the urban core.
The Gropius House in Lincoln, MA: Walter Gropius was another pillar of modern architecture, and the founder of the Bauhaus School of architecture, a movement that emphasized efficiency, simplicity, and the inclusion of new materials in construction.… Continue Reading
Given that this is BTW magazine, let’s get to some great residential buildings, specifically with a focus in this blog on urban and vacation homes. Here are the rules for the choices: this house must be a green home with a clear preference for small buildings (much more sustainable in every way), being super-efficient (energy efficient and beyond), infill projects (reclaiming old buildings or urban spaces), and beautiful with a definite bias toward my friends who are architects and builders.… Continue Reading
For better or worse, I’m now at the age when friends are coming to visit Boston specifically to look at local colleges and universities. (Luckily my own kids aren’t that old yet.) With that in mind, let’s take a step to the side and take a quick look at campus architecture and where the best of it is in Boston.… Continue Reading
Picking up on yesterday’s blog of “Great Buildings in Boston: the Municipal” version, I now want to change gears and focus on outdoor spaces. The switch is that they have to be environmentally friendly in terms of their water use and be great community meeting places.… Continue Reading
What makes a great building, in my eyes? Well for starters, the title of is this blog mini-series is a misnomer of sorts; I’m going to allow myself to include buildings outside (though not too far outside) of Boston, with some thought given to their eco-features.… Continue Reading