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O'Neill Federal Building

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1985–1987, Stubbins Associates. 10 Causeway St.

A massive structure, whose dimensions and overall appearance are most visible from the elevated Green Line train, this Federal Building conforms to a type often associated with government structures. The grand piers marking the stepped entrance interrupt bands of alternating glass and gray and red granite spandrels on the exterior facade. Within, the enormous L-shaped central atrium hardly alleviates the anonymity of the space. Despite or because of an imposing sculpture by Mary Miss, the space recalls the ambience of an airport terminal, an association readily evoked by the waiting areas adjacent to passport offices.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "O'Neill Federal 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, 99-99.

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