9 Must-see Architectural Marvels to Explore in Boston

The "Hub of the Universe" has been attracting forward-thinking design minds since Charles Bulfinch’s day. Venture off the Freedom Trail for a look at this city's diverse architecture

For a city often associated with bricks and brownstones, Boston boasts some pretty incredible architecture and has been attracting forward-thinking design minds since Charles Bulfinch’s day. Venture off the Freedom trail (although note that the 1680 Paul Revere House is the city’s oldest wooden structure) and look around. You’ll discover Charles Follen McKim’s Boston Public Library, an elegant example of the Beaux-Arts genre; Harvard’s Carpenter Center in Cambridge, the only North American construct by Le Corbusier; the sun-filled glass pavilion of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum by I.M. Pei. Locals often joke about the Hub's ‘ugliest’ building, Boston City Hall in Government Center, but, in fact, it’s an iconic example of Brutalism. Have fun exploring!

Leigh Harrington
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Leigh formerly served as the Boston editor for Where and was the br...