Photographer's Note

Exchange Place

Downtown Boston is a very attractive mixture of old and modern architecture that characterizes the city as a strong combination of a rich history and a progressive future.
The real narrow streets do not always make it easy for the photographer to take good overview photos.
Today's three photos focus on the Exchange Place a modern skyscraper in the centre of the financial district. The building was commissioned in 1985 and was designed by WZMH Architects (after Peter Webb, Boris Zerafa, René Menkčs, and Warwick Housden), an architectural firm that also designed the CN Tower in Toronto. The intent was to demolish the older building in order to construct the skyscraper, but preservationists succeeded in rescuing a portion of the Stock Exchange's facade. You can see a piece of the yellow facade on the bottom left of the 1st photo.
The red skyscraper on the left is 60 State Street, clad in pink granite to blend with the red brick of Faneuil Hall, City Hall Plaza and other neighbouring buildings and spaces. The granite-clad triangular pillars alternate with vertical banks or rectangular floor-to-ceiling windows in a pattern similar to that of Eero Saarinen's black granite-faced CBS Building. 60 State Street was designed by the Chicago-based firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

■ Picture 1: ◄ Horizontal ►

■ Picture 2: ◄ Cross Play ►

■ Picture 3: ◄ Vertical ►

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5612 W: 327 N: 10860] (42568)
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