If you are planning a trip to Boston and looking for some places to visit, look no further! I have studied architecture for 5 years (I actually have a degree in it) and I love checking out a city's unique buildings!
Here are my favorite spots in Boston:
1. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts - Le Corbusier
This building is special for many reasons, such as it's prominent promenade through the center, it's brutalist feel and it's use of Le Corbusier's Five Point. But the reason this is a must visit in Boston? This is Le Corbusier's only building in the United States!
Address: 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
2. Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall - John Andrews
While you're exploring the buildings in Cambridge, you might as well stop by the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. Designed by GSD alumni, John Andrews, this building is "home" to over 500 students studying to obtain their graduate degrees.
Address: 48 Quincy St, Gund Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138
3. Baker House - Alvar Aalto
Alvar Aalto designed this dormitory while he was a professor at it's campus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to ArchDaily: "The dormitory is a curving snake slithering on its site and reflects many of Aalto's ideas of formal strategy, making it a dormitory that is both inhabited and studied by students from all over the world."
Address: 362 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA 02139
4. MIT Chapel - Eero Saarinen
Eero Saarinen basically has his own little campus on MIT's campus with the Kresge Oval, Kresge Auditorium and the MIT Chapel. (Unfortunately, Kresge Auditorium was closed for renovations while we were visiting.) The MIT Chapel is non-denominational and appears quite simple from the outside. But the interior is where it truly shines with it's complex brick patterns, the pool running around the circumference of the room and the gorgeous altar.
Address: 48 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
5. Ray and Maria Stata Center - Frank Gehry
I am probably Frank Gehry's biggest fan, so of course when we visited Boston - visiting his building was on the list of things to do! Another one of MIT's campus buildings (how did they get so lucky?!), this building hosts auditoriums, classrooms and a lovely court yard to explore. It's a little tricky to figure out where the entrance is; to be honest - I don't think we found the right one!
Address: Building 32, 32 Vassar Street Cambridge, MA 02139
6. Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge
Throughout our drive around Boston, we drove through various tunnels and on nearby bridges for a good 20 minutes trying to figure out how to get on this exact one! But navigating the crazy streets of Boston were worth it to see this beautiful work of engineering. Bonus points if you drive over it at night when it is all lit up!
Address: I-93, Boston, MA 02114
7. John Hancock Tower - I.M. Pei
If you go to the top of Prudential Tower (the views are totally worth the $18 at the Skywalk Observatory; FREE if you are military!) you can see a gorgeous view of all of Boston, not to mention the controversial John Hancock Tower. The JH Tower was designed by I.M. Pei, and ran $100 million over budget. The original windows on the building would fall off if the winds were too high, crashing down on the streets below. They were replaced in 1973, but of course for a hefty price.
Address: 200 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116
BONUS: Acorn Street
Ok you got me, it's not a building, but this cobblestone studded street is famous for being the most photographed street in America! No, there aren't hordes of people crowding around to get a picture of it, and that's why it was one of my favorite stops on the trip. Make sure you try to get a picture of the beautiful Golden Lab laying on the sidewalk.
Address: Acorn St, Boston, MA 02108
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