Quotes

The most endangered building are always those of the previous generation.
Herbert Gleason
Boston

City Hall is in danger of becoming Boston’s Penn Station.
Daniel M. Abramson
Associate Professor, Tufts University

Another new City Hall will offer its own imperfect solutions, and another round of adulation followed by condemnation, because buildings represent the realities of flawed societies as well as the dreams of their ambitious builders…How can memories be so short?
David Eisen, AIA

What strikes me as odd is that there should be any substantial controversy over this case at all given the immense architectural and urbanistic significance of the building in question.  I am well aware that the building has long run counter to some people’s personal taste, but taste is not, and never has been a criterion in any landmarks programs of which I am aware – local, state, or national.
Richard Longstreth
Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
The George Washington University

To remove [Boston City Hall] from its rightful place in the city…would be an act of high vandalism not just to the building, but to the history of the city and the decades of public and private investment in city form for which it has served as civic anchor.
Donlyn Lyndon, FAIA
Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley;
Editor, PLACES: Forum of Design for the Public Realm

Whenever I…approach City Hall, perched as it is above old Faneuil Hall and the Quincy Market and around the corner from the Old State House, I find the experience of being at the historic vital center of the public life of our city exhilarating.  How lucky we are as a city!
William Truslow, Esq.
Boston

This is a building that should be open and accessible, with the public welcomed into it.  If it was never properly finished or furnished, the answer should be to “complete” it – not to abandon it.
Ralph Rapson, FAIA
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Boston City Hall is not just a unique specimen of design, but also an important example of noteworthy public architecture, of which we do not have enough.  It plays a harmonious role in the scale and fabric of Government Center, which is a delicate balance between old and new, big and small, and historic and modern.
Lawrence A. Chan, FAIA
Co-founding Principal of Chan Krieger Sieniewicz;
President, Boston Society of Architects