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The Classical Architecture of Boston

August 18, 2015Architecture

I recently visited Boston, Massachusetts, with my husband for vacation. It was my first time visiting the city and I sure hope wasn’t my last! Boston is a beautiful city and chock full of history. As a designer, I was most taken with the city’s abundance of classical architecture.

Classical Architecture of Boston - The Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library – Photo courtesy of Amy

Classical Architecture of Boston

The Boston Public Library – Photo courtesy of Amy

Classical Architecture of Boston

The Boston Public Library – Photo courtesy of Amy

As I explored the city, I came across several buildings featuring classical design elements. The Boston Public Library included numerous arches supported by thick towering columns. The courtyard was outlined in a covered path, which surrounded the focus of the courtyard – a stone sculpture and fountain. The repetition and symmetry of the spaces enhanced the classical theme, which left me feeling safe. The building and the type of architecture had been here long before me and it would continue to exist long after me. This kind of consistency and stability brought a sense of comfort. I could have sat in the courtyard all day while sipping a latte and reading a book, but we had more exploring to do. Faneuil Hall was one of my favorite places in Boston. The roads were comprised of old weathered cobblestones that have become uneven over time. Although this caused a tripping hazard (I nearly tripped five times!), it was a charming characteristic. Sure, the city could have this fixed, but then the authentic nature would begin to disappear. Boston maintains great respect for its history, which is evident all over the city. Although I had never been to Boston before, I felt a sense of belonging. The classical architecture and the patriotic energy of the people drew me in and won a place in my heart. I think I might even begin to root for the Red Sox in secret from time to time. (Don’t tell my husband…he’s a Yankees fan!)

By Amy Etz

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