Sasaki’s extensive renovation of Boston City Hall Plaza is moving along

When Boston City Hall first opened in February 1969, replacing a confined Civil War–era facility just down the street, New York Times architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable lauded the weighty Brutalist structure for conferring “an instant image of progressive excellence” on an aging, enervated city. She noted how the “rugged,” all-over concrete-and-brick construction was “meant to be impervious to the vicissitudes of changing tastes and administrations.”

In this aim, architects Gerhard Kallmann and Michael McKinnell can be said to have mostly succeeded. City Hall, a building generally unloved by Bostonians, has weathered attempts by multiple mayoral administrations to alter, disfigure, or demolish it. But the 7-acre plaza outside ultimately

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