Gerhard Kallmann, Architect, Is Dead at 97
Gerhard Kallmann, the architect who, with Michael McKinnell, designed Boston City Hall, a hulking, asymmetrical, Modernist building that has been widely acclaimed by architects for half a century though disparaged by many Bostonians, died on Tuesday in Boston. He was 97.
His death was confirmed by Mr. McKinnell, who co-founded what was known as Kallmann, McKinnell & Knowles in 1962, the year their fledgling firm rattled the architectural community by winning a national competition to design Boston City Hall. It was the first of many grand edifices they would conceive. The firm is now Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood.
An example of the New Brutalism style of the 1960s, Boston City Hall is a gray concrete structure influenced by Le Corbusier’s monastery at La Tourette, France — both of them attempts to render modern architecture as monumental as classical architecture. Set in a vast plaza in what was once a run-down section of the city, Boston City Hall is a composition of irregularly protruding concrete boxes resting on slablike columns with row upon row of windows lining its overhanging upper floors....
comments powered by Disqus
- Study: Violent radicalism in UK isn't associated with poverty
- CONFIRMED: the Shrine of Jonah/Mosque of Yunus (Nineveh, Mosul, Iraq) has been destroyed
- Chinese President Xi Jinping: Nobody can change history
- Iraq’s Long-Lost Mythical Temple Has Been Found…and Is In Danger of Disappearing Again
- CBS features in-depth coverage of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights law
- Obama to award National Humanities Medals to 3 historians
- Historian Curt Gentry, known for Hoover biography and ‘Helter Skelter,’ dies at 83
- Harvard historian: strategy of climate science denial groups 'extremely successful'
- Curators at Victoria and Albert Museum are pushing the boundaries of collecting
- Ukrainian Leaders Are Using David Barton's Theocratic Pseudo-History To Build Their Nation