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Government Center Garage

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1970, Kallmann and McKinnell with Samuel Glaser and Partners; 1990, Hresko Associates. 1 Congress St.
  • Government Center Garage (Keith Morgan)

As Gerhardt Kallmann once quipped, “When we lose the commission, we get the garage.” This dramatic and colossal precast-concrete structure, its piers and beams clearly visible, set a precedent for downtown monumental parking garages. Its stepped back forms show a relationship to nearby City Hall. In 1990, Hresko Associates added two office stories to cap the garage, their articulation maintaining the toughness of the structure, a brick elevator tower, and ground-level commercial spaces.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Government Center Garage", [, 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, 55-55.

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