Landslide2008: Marvels of Modernism



Boston City Hall Plaza
One City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 02201


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Historic New England
Boston, MA 02114

Designer Bio

The firm of Kallmann McKinnell & Knowles was founded by Gerhard Kallmann (b.1915), Noel Michael McKinnell (b.1935), and Edward Knowles (b.1929) for the open design competition for Boston’s new government center. The successful entry gained immediate attention and exemplified the architects’ inventiveness with respect to housing a 20th-century city hall. The successor firm, Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects, has since become known for its design principle of creating buildings that respond both to the context and to precursors, while being thoughtful, influential structures. Other significant Kallmann McKinnell & Wood projects include the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Massachusetts, the Becton Dickinson Corporate Headquarters in New Jersey, and the United States Embassy in Thailand. The firm has received numerous awards from the Boston Society of Architects and the American Institute of Architects, including the national Firm of the Year Award in 1984.

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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