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General Bank (Hayden Building)

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Hayden Building
1875–1876, Henry Hobson Richardson; 1994–1996, Bruner/Cott and Associates. 681 Washington St.
  • General Bank (Hayden Building) (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

H. H. Richardson's love of quarry-faced granite and Romanesque decoration found an early expression in this small commercial block, using Longmeadow brownstone with sandstone lintels and arches. Anticipating the fenestration pattern of his later Chicago masterpiece, the Marshall Field Wholesale Store (1885–1887), a broad segmental arch on the second floor supports a cluster of three two-story round arches topped by four rectangular windows framed by piers supporting flat stone lintels, with the last element an homage to the Boston Granite style. In 1993, Historic Boston, Inc., purchased and restored the building, liberating it from Boston's shrinking adult entertainment district, known as the Combat Zone.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "General Bank (Hayden 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, 121-122.

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