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Famous Buildings In Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Sheela
Published Nov 28, 2018

When one thinks of Boston, what comes to mind is its physical landscape and architecture. There are many spectacular buildings which make up the Boston skyline. The city is a lovely blend of colonial-era brick houses as well as historic structures which line the narrow cobblestone streets. Alongside them, there are also many postmodern buildings which dominate the skyline. When in Boston, you definitely will notice this striking element of the city, the fusion of the old and new architecture. Continue reading below to find out about the top famous buildings in Boston, Massachusetts, which will definitely take your breath away.

1. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was once known as Fenway Court. This museum is housed in a three-story, 15th-century Venetian-style palace. There are more than 2000 paintings, sculptures, books and so on in this building. As a result, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is known as one of Boston’s treasured and famous cultural landmarks.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Address: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115, USA

Website: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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2. 200 Calendron

200 Calendron was previously known as the John Hancock Tower and it is located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. This is a 62-story building which is New England’s tallest building. This famous tower offers one with a 360-degree panoramic view of beautiful sights like the Back Bay, Charles River, Cambridge and the Boston Harbour. The exterior is a glass-covered skyscraper which is built in the shape of a parallelogram. The glass panels are tinted blue and they beautifully reflect the city scenery. The observatory deck at the top of this tower was once open to the public. However, it is now closed since the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks. However, this deck can be booked for private events.

200 Calendron

Address: 200 Clarendon Street Boston, MA 02116

Website: 200 Calendron

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3. The Pru

The Pru is the colloquial term for the Prudential Building or Prudential Tower located in the center of Boston. This building is part of the Prudential Center complex. On the 52nd floor is a restaurant called ‘Top of the Hub.’ The attraction in this building is a 50th-floor observation deck which is known as the Skywalk Observatory. This observatory is known as the highest observation deck in New England which was open to the public ever since the one at 200 Caledron closed its doors to the public.

The Pru

Address: 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199

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4. Boston City Hall

Boston City Hall is the official seat of the city government of Boston and it includes the offices of the mayor of Boston as well as the Boston City Council. This building was constructed in 1968 in order to replace the Old City Hall. It is an example of Brutalist architecture and was designed by a reputed design firm. The adjoining land is known as City Hall Plaza and it is often used for public events like parades and rallies.

Boston City Halll

Address: 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201, USA

Website: Boston City Hall

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5. Trinity Church

This is one of the most amazing churches in Boston which has excellent architecture. This church is a National Historic Landmark which was constructed in 1877. The church’s facade features heavy walls made of rough stones. The interiors of the church are expansive and beautifully decorated with murals. The opulence of the interiors is further enhanced with the stained glass windows. The church is located near the Public Library and both buildings add beauty to the Boston skyline.

Trinity Church

Address: 206 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116, USA

Website: Trinity Church

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6. Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library is a public library system in Boston that was founded in 1848. The original Boston Public Library was nicknamed as a “palace for the people” as it provided patrons with a large range of books. Today, this library is spread over two buildings, both of which have great architecture. The library is located only a stone’s throw away from Copley station. The interiors are warm and inviting. This is a great place to relax if you want to browse through some books.

Boston Public Library

Address: 700 Boylston St, Boston, 02116

Website: Boston Public Library

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7. MIT Stata Center

MIT Stata Center is also known as the Ray and Maria Stata Center. This is a building that will captivate visitors, warranting them to take a second look. This is a huge academic hub which houses students and the faculty of computer, information and intelligence sciences. It was built in 2004 and is now regarded as one of the most famous buildings in Boston. The building is built on the World War II site.

MIT Stata Centre

Address: 32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139, Kendall Square/MIT

Website: MIT Stata Center

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8. Massachusetts State House

The Massachusetts State House is regarded as a masterpiece of Federal architecture and it was designated as a National Historic Landmark owing to its excellent architecture. The Massachusetts State House serves as a beacon for the city of Boston atop a hill. If you look up at this building, you will notice that it bears a golden dome. This dome is the state house’s most distinct feature.

Massachusetts State House

Address: 24 Beacon St, Boston, 02133

Website: Massachusetts State House

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9. Park Street Church

The Park Street Church was built in 1809 and it is located in downtown Boston. This is an active religious institution which sees about 2000 devotees during Sunday masses. This church is currently active in social issues such as helping launch a private high school in Hyde Park and address the educational needs of inner-city Boston kids. The church has members from more than 60 countries, comprising of people of all ages.

Park Street Church

Address: 1 Park St, Boston, MA 02108, USA

Website: Park Street Church

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10. Community Rowing Boathouse

Located on the bank of Charles River, the Community Rowing Boathouse is a permanent facility for Community Rowing, the largest public rowing organization in the USA. There are essentially two projects, one smaller one which is a glass-shingled pavilion for single shells. This building displays the boats. The larger building houses the longer boats, several offices and training rooms. The buildings have an innovative design, with inspirations drawn from objects like tobacco barns and covered bridges.

Community Rowing Boathouse

Address: 20 Nonantum Rd, Brighton, MA 02135, USA

Website: Community Rowing Boathouse

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Fascinating buildings in Boston

With a beautiful Boston skyline made up of amazing buildings, a trip to Boston is never complete without visiting some of the above-mentioned landmarks. Do add these into your itinerary when planning your trip.

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