Landslide2008: Marvels of Modernism


Become Informed

Change for Boston City Hall and City Hall Plaza could and should be conceived and managed in the spirit that informed the original idea. Modernism embraced all aspects of design and its interface with humanity, and there are ample opportunities to allow the plaza to evolve by making use of ideas and palate of mid-century Modern design to heighten and enhance its presence. Among the many upgrades that might be envisioned are new construction to better define the plaza, the introduction of fine scale elements to add to its visual texture, new landscaping, and regulatory changes that could encourage commercial interventions such as Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood Architect’s goal of locating a Rathskeller in City Hall and more recent efforts to build a hotel alongside the plaza.

By acknowledging, understanding and respecting the heritage of the plaza, its essence can be preserved and interpreted while it is simultaneously enriched through intelligent change that will heighten the experience of all its users.

Get Involved

A group of concerned citizens has formed an advocacy group aimed at lobbying to keep Boston City Hall in Government Center. The group, Citizens for City Hall, supports revitalizing the existing City Hall into a green, state-of-the art, public building rather than relocating it to South Boston. You can contact this group at You are also encouraged to write your city council member and make your concerns known.

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List of Marvels

Boston City Hall Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts

Estates Drive Reservoir
Oakland, California

Heritage Plaza
Heritage Park
Fort Worth, Texas

Kaiser Roof Garden
Kaiser Center
Oakland, California

Lake Elizabeth
Allegheny Commons
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Manhattan Square Park
Rochester, New York

Mill Creek Canyon

Kent, Washington

Miller Garden
Columbus, Indiana

El Monte
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

Pacific Science
Center Courtyard

Seattle, Washington

San Francisco, California

Peavey Plaza
Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota

education partners
Garden DesignGeorge Eastman House
Additional Sponsors

American Society of Landscape Architects’ Indiana, Pennsylvania/Delaware, Minnesota, Northern California, Texas, Upstate New York, and Washington Chapters • Astorino • Charles Butt • Design Within Reach • Topher Delaney • Sandy Donnell & Justin Faggioli • Fathom • Tom Fox • Hillman Foundation • Indianapolis Museum of Art • Lorraine Osmundson • Richard T. Murphy • National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Northeast, Southwest, and Western Offices- with funds from the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation of New York, Dodge Jones Foundation Intervention Fund, and Eastern Massachusetts Preservation Fund • James Richards • Seibert & Rice • Diana & Bruce Shuman • Ann Stack • SWA Group • TBG Partners • Michal and Jeffrey William Tincup • Unilock Inc. • The Woltz Charitable Trust