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Concrete Buildings In Cambridge

William James Hall - Minoru Yamasaki

William James Hall - Minoru Yamasaki

Robert Campbell, the Boston Globe‘s architecture critic, had an excellent article in last Sunday’s paper about concrete buildings in Cambridge and Boston.  Even if it’s not your favorite architectural style the article will give you a new appreciation for these 1950s – 1970s buildings.

Campbell writes:

“No other American city boasts as much noteworthy concrete architecture in as small an area as Boston and Cambridge”

At right is Harvard’s William James Hall, Minoru Yamasaki’s 1963 building which Robert Bell Rettig describes in Guide to Cambridge Architecture as “fourteen stories of pure white concrete”.  Yamasaki also designed the 1962 Engineering Sciences Laboratory included in the slide show below.

Here’s a sampling of concrete buildings in Cambridge. I’ll try to add more the next time the sky is blue!


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  1. John Bigelow

    Great! Thanks for highlighting this under-appreciated and ubiquitous style of local architecture! In the mid ’70s I visited a concrete home of a noted architect in Lincoln named McNulty. It was my first exposure to radiant floor heating.

  2. Elizabeth Bolton

    Hi John ~ A residential property built out of concrete is certainly unusual. Sounds great – and I have to say the idea of radiant heating is particularly appealing given how chilly it is right now!


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