Photos of downtown Boston


I was in Boston’s Financial District last Wednesday to attend a board meeting of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which met not, as usual, at the College Club on Commonwealth – no dearth of photo opportunities around there! – but at the offices on Washington Street of Albert, Righter & Tittmann, the classicist architecture firm whose work shows that creativity and the classical orders needn’t be mutually exclusive. (Indeed, only those who know little of classical architecture think they are.)

Before the meeting I wandered around, almost stumbling into my friend Nathan Walker (see his great post “Architecture and food“) on a trip north with his six students from the College of Charleston, where he teaches. The night before we had met in Providence at the Hot Club, where the young scholars appeared to enjoy hearing my diatribe against modern architecture. Either that or they were polite. Anyway, as I was walking around Faneuil Hall taking photos, I must have missed them by minutes. Shortly after, at ART, I got a call from Nathan suggesting that I meet them at the marketplace. Alas, my meeting – a postmortem of our successful Bulfinch Awards gala – was about to begin. Anyway, here are some of the photos I took beforehand, which amply amplify classicism’s mixture of beauty, order and creativity.


























About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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