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John F. Kennedy Federal Office Building

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1966, The Architects Collaborative and Samuel Glaser Associates. City Hall Plaza.

Two twenty-six-story cast-concrete towers joined to a low-rise four-story-high building form the headquarters of many federal agencies in the New England area. In the John F. Kennedy Federal Office Building, these features embody, on both the exterior and interior, repetitive articulation that readily conveys the bureaucracy within and is hardly relieved by the commissioned sculpture by Dimitri Hadzi in the plaza courtyard and the Robert Motherwell mural in the glass bridge—a connecting passage between the two skyscrapers and the lower unit. Most offices have access to daylight, a rare amenity in a modern office tower.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "John F. Kennedy Federal Office Building", [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, 54-54.

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