Blackstone Elementary School, 1976

At once tough with itself and gentle with its surroundings, this building wraps around its own play space facing Blackstone Square. Walls of brick-colored concrete block are used to join the ground and to make stair towers and other parts that are particular. They form a shaped and perforated base, above and behind which sheets of window and rust-colored metal siding make the standardized parts of the building. Tough industrial materials were chosen, no doubt in anticipation of the trashing and neglect that have been endemic to inner city schools, and the result, though thoughtful, is grim.

Donlyn Lyndon The City Observed: Boston, 1982