State Street HQ | One Congress | Bulfinch Crossing | West End

Life Coach Mike

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I see a similarity between the top of State Street HQ and the Roman Coliseum. Interesting how architectural themes run through the millennia (image reversed for comparison purposes):

Not so much a theme but the result of a huge earthquake. Imitation appears to be operating though.
 

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Okay, not an intentional design originally for the Coliseum, but I wonder if the treatment at the top of State St HQ was inspired by the current form of the Coliseum.

 

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I assume the shape is meant to invoke sails as per State Street's logo, but what's funny is looking at it I get more of a Fleet Bank vibe.
Wasn't it designed and built on spec, well before State Street was an anchor tenant? That's absolutely my memory of the timeline, including the (understandable) push-back to the clunky, Times New Roman "State Street" logo being awkwardly affixed to the exterior of easily the most "modern-looking" Boston high-rise.
 

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Wasn't it designed and built on spec, well before State Street was an anchor tenant? That's absolutely my memory of the timeline, including the (understandable) push-back to the clunky, Times New Roman "State Street" logo being awkwardly affixed to the exterior of easily the most "modern-looking" Boston high-rise.
I mean, we were just talking about how "New Roman" this building looks...
 

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Though we can't imagine anything hipper than sans-serif fonts at the moment, y'all know whatever generation comes after Z is gonna love them some Times New Roman and consider us hopelessly out of touch. This building will be ahead of its time.
 

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I’m starting to worry that the swoop isn’t nearly as… swoopy as the early renders depicted. From this angle you have to look pretty closely to see that it isn't just a straight up oval. The “sheath” effect is less pronounced than I was expecting



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Is it just me or does that building look like a modern woman in need of a nicotine addiction?

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