Now that Robert A.M. Stern and Charles Gwathmey have done their part of save Paul Rudolph‘s famous Art and Architecture Building on Yale‘s campus (even if it hasn’t always been so well received), the Boston Globe wonders if it might be worth it to try giving an overhaul to Boston’s famous “Brutalist” style building, City Hall, the take-no-guff 1967 creation of Kallmann McKinnell & Knowles‘. The paper argues that now that they’ve seen what was done with Rudolph’s often-discussed though all but guaranteed to set a date with a wrecking ball before Stern and Gwathmey stepped in, they’ve started to reconsider the city’s menacing administrative hub, wondering if maybe everyone’s been too hard on it over the years, that there’s some updating potential underneath. It’s a lot of talk more about Rudolph, his building, and its restoration, but here the basic thesis for the interesting reevaluation:
The lesson for Boston is a simple one. A Brutalist building doesn’t have to be depressing. It can be a magnificent work of architecture. It just needs some imagination, some love, and some care – exactly the benefits our City Hall has never had.