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Church Park Apartments and Garage

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1973, The Architects Collaborative. 199, 221, 255 Massachusetts Ave.
  • Church Park Apartments and Garage (Keith Morgan)

I. M. Pei's plan for the Christian Science Church Center (BB87) must be viewed in conjunction with the Church Park Apartments and Garage, subsidized housing that forms a facade backdrop on the west side of Massachusetts Avenue. A 508-unit building divided into three sections, this long ten-story concrete apartment slab humbly confronts the monumental building opposite. Despite all the conveniences—easy access to cultural institutions, for example, and all kinds of shops within its arcaded passageway—the structure is exceedingly monotonous and enclosed; its few balconies may add to the surface texture but are uninhabitable in view of one of the city's main thoroughfares.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Church Park Apartments and Garage", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 181-181.

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