Celebrating Boston's Architectural Legacy

Text and photography by Lee F. Mindel for Architectural Digest.

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A Frank Gehry-designed building at MIT.

As a young architecture student immersed in my studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, I was perhaps unable to fully grasp the importance of my education. Or my surroundings. Last week, fellow architect and Harvard alum Reed Morrison and I revisited the campuses of Harvard -- the hallowed halls, haunts, common areas, and new structures reminding us why we had matriculated there in the first place. We also dropped by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and wandered around the great city of Boston, where many of our professors had designed and built some of the most influential buildings of the day. Their effect on me is immeasurable. Those teachers (especially Gerhard Kallmann, Joseph Zalewski, and Charles Correa), philosophers, artists, and historians taught me how to see, and for that I am deeply appreciative.

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Boston City Hall by Kallmann McKinnell & Knowles, 1968.
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MIT's Kresge Auditorium by Eero Saarinen, 1955.
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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by Willard T. Sears, 1903.
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Boston's Trinity Church designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, 1877.
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Harvard Law School's Langdell Hall by Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, 1907.